Team ShanShan wins inaugural Sina Cup

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BEIJING, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- The Feng Shanshan "Red" Team proved too much for the Liang Wenchong "Blue" Team at the Sina Cup as it dominated the singles matches on Saturday to easily win the inaugural event 17-7.

After going into the day with an 8-4 lead from the foursome and fourball flights on Friday, the "Red" team captained by former world No. 1 Feng thrashed the "Blue" team 9-3 in the 12 singles matches played at (Beijing) Shadow Creek Golf Club.

"I'm really proud of my players who played incredible from day one," said Feng, the current world No. 26 who was a non-playing captain at the two-day Ryder Cup-style event. Her team included six pros from the China LPGA Tour and seven male amateurs.

"As a captain, I did nothing important except logistics. I also want to thank the Blue team for giving us such a great show. This fantastic event showed great potential for Chinese golf."

Liang, the Chinese golf pioneer, who was captaining a team of six male pros and seven female amateurs, was gracious in defeat. For most of his team, the male pros were seeing their first tournament action of the year after the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.

"We really appreciated that organized such a great event and provided a platform for professional and amateur players," said the Guangdong great, who won three times on the Asian Tour. "I believe everyone enjoyed this week and went home with fruitful results. I also made friends with so many talented young players. Hopefully, they will get better and better and come back next year and win this."

With the conditions sunny and warm at (Beijing) Shadow Creek, a Nicklaus Design layout, Peng Bo, a University of Washington sophomore, got the Red team its first point when the Nanjing native easily beat pro Zhuang Zhu 7-6. Peng won all three of his matches this week.

Ying Ruoning then made an eagle at the 13th hole to beat Lu Jingwen 5UP for the Red team's second point. It was the first full point of the week for the Shanghai teenager who has been victorious in her first three starts as a professional this year on the CLPGA Tour

"Maybe I'm best suitable for singles. I lacked for a little bit of chemistry yesterday," said Yin, an 18-year-old rookie pro. "Shanshan told me to forget that and to focus on today. I played great on the whole and was happy to win a point."

Zhang Yunjie thrashed amateur Cao Yijing, a freshman at Yale University, 7-5 to earn the 11th point for the Red Team. Beijing amateur Ding Wenyi then picked up the 12th point for the Reds when he made consecutive birdies to beat the pro Xiao Bowen 2-1.

The winning point for the Red team came from Chen Peicheng as the amateur made birdie at the 13th hole and finished the event at the next with a 5-4 decision over the pro Fan Shiyu.

"I lost twice yesterday. I thought I could be on the bench and couldn't play today," said the Beijing teenager. "But sister Shanshan gave me this chance. I needed to win this point for her. I am really excited that I did."

Other matches saw Li Jieni take a half-point for the Blues in impressive fashion when the amateur battled CLPGA Tour regular Liu Yan to a draw after winning the last three holes.

Liu Yanwei got the Blues a full point when he beat amateur Yu Yanhao 3-1.

Red team amateur Tang Junyi surprised Chao Haimeng by taking down the pro 2-1, while Blue team pro Zhang Huilin beat amateur Zhou Ziqin 4-3.

The Red team got two more points when Zhang Jienalin beat amateur Fan Shuangshuang 3-2, and Du Mohan got by amateur Deng Jingfan 2-1. Amateur Yin Xiaowen won the last two holes to halve her match with Zhang Weiwei, last year's CLPGA Order of Merit champion. Enditem

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