Overview of 2016 Xiamen International Ladies Open
Anne Van Dam from the Netherlands outlasted local star Yuting Shi in an enthralling final round duel to earn her first Ladies European Tour title at the Xiamen International Ladies Open in China. Van Dam, 21, from Arnhem, fired rounds of 70, 66, 67 and 68 to end on 17-under-par and one stroke ahead of Shi, who bogeyed the final hole at Orient Golf Club. The pair started the final round, played in hot and humid conditions, tied for the lead on 13-under-par before Van Dam took control with a birdie on the second hole. The pair tussled for the lead throughout the final round and remained tied coming to the 18th tee, but Shi’s drive hit a tree and bounced back 30 yards down the fairway, meaning that she could not reach the green in regulation and took a pitch and two putts for bogey. Van Dam was able to make two putts from the back of the green for par to seal the victory, worth €45,000, in the event which was almost cancelled three weeks earlier due to a huge typhoon. The players donated 10 per cent of their earnings to local relief efforts and the greenkeepers worked overtime to ensure that the course was in championship condition.
About Xiamen International Ladies Open
The Ladies European Tour join players from the China LPGA Tour for the the Xiamen Open at Orient Golf and Country Club, a stunning tournament venue set amid lush, tropical vegetation and just 10 minutes from downtown Xiamen. Players enjoy spending time in the local city and Haicang district and connect with the local community through the tournament.