Taiwanese-American finishes in top 50

Staff writer, with CNA

Tue, Jul 02, 2013 - Page 20

Taiwanese-American amateur Doris Chen finished off an impressive performance with a 15-over 303 to tie for 50th place at the US Women’s Open in Southampton, New York, on Sunday.

Chen was one of six amateurs, out of the 19 who qualified, to make the cut for the final rounds and remain in contention for the “Low Amateur” honor.

A rising junior at the University of Southern California, Chen finished behind Casie Cathrea and current world No. 1 amateur Lydia Ko of New Zealand in the Low Am race.

Cathrea finished tied for 25th overall, while Ko was tied for 36th.

New York-born Chen — who was raised in Taiwan before moving back to the US to pursue her golf dreams — had a solid opening on the final day, firing a birdie and two bogeys for a one-over 36 in the first nine holes of the final round.

However, following the trend of higher scores seen in most of the field during the final round, the 20-year-old also posted bigger numbers on her scorecard, with one birdie, two bogeys and a double bogey to end with a four-over round of 76.

Chen, currently the 20th-ranked amateur in the world, has undoubtedly attracted attention with her strong performance in the prestigious tournament.

“Made the cut at @usopengolf and finished T50. Feeling thankful to be able to play in the most competitive field at a very prestigious course,” Chen tweeted yesterday.