Overview of 2016 Sanya Ladies Open
Thailand’s Supamas Sangchan came from two strokes back to capture her first Ladies European Tour trophy at the Sanya Ladies Open in China. The 20-year-old second year China LPGA Tour player from Bangkok fired a final round of 68 to finish with a 54-hole total of eight-under-par and edge Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall by a shot. Sangchan held firm in the hot and breezy conditions, with winds gusting at 35 miles per hour on the last day, to register her second professional victory, following a maiden win on the Thai LPGA in 2015. Sangchan holed her third shot for eagle at the 525-yard par-5 ninth in the first and third rounds. On the last day, her eagle propelled her into a share of the lead with Hedwall and she then tussled for the lead over the closing stretch, eventually winning after Hedwall bogeyed the 17th hole.
About the Sanya Ladies Open
The Sanya Ladies Open is played at Yalong Bay Golf Club, one of the most beautiful and scenic venues on the LET international schedule. The opportunity for Chinese players to participate in this tournament, as part of a top level international field of competitors, has proven highly successful in terms of developing the women’s game in China since the inaugural event in 2010. Chinese sensation Lin Xiyu came of age by claiming her first title here in 2014 before going on to defend in 2015. She and fellow Ladies European Tour member Shanshan Feng represented China in the 2016 Olympic Games, where Lin had an historic hole-in-one and Feng won the bronze medal. The club is active in inspiring junior participation and developing junior talent through the Sanya Junior Academy which is supported by LET players at the tournament each year.