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GOLF: Yani teaches young golfers in Changhua

Staff Writer, with CNA

The world’s top female golfer, Yani Tseng, yesterday demonstrated her skills to a group of excited young players in Changhua County ahead of an upcoming international charity invitational.

Taiwan’s Tseng instructed about 20 children at the Taifong Golf Club in central Taiwan, sharing tips on swinging and putting techniques and describing her experiences at tournaments. The 22-year-old native of Taoyuan County, who has enjoyed a year of record-breaking performances, said she did not want the young golfers to feel too much pressure, advising them to enjoy playing and playing well. Eighth-grader Chen Min-jou, who has played golf for five years, said she was really nervous to play in front of the world’s No.1 golfer. The girl said she admired Tseng’s ability to perform under pressure at key moments.

“My dream is to become a top-ranked female golfer just like [Tseng],” Chen said.

Returning home to play in the Swinging Skirts 2011 TLPGA Invitational, which will run from Friday through next Sunday, Tseng said her knee injury has improved. She added that she was a bit tired mentally after so many tournaments this year.

However, she said the upcoming event was a good opportunity for her to think about what part of her game she needed to work on for next year.

Tseng won seven LPGA titles, including the inaugural Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship, and finished in the top 10 in 14 of the 22 LPGA tournaments in which she participated this year. She also bagged three Ladies European Tour titles and a championship at the Taifong Ladies Open in Taiwan.

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