UPDATE: Lin Tzu-chi captured her second title in the China LPGA Tour Saturday with a two-stroke lead at the Bank of Qingdao Golden Mountain Challenge. Lin finished with a 54-hole total of 3-under 213 (72-70-71) to earn RMB 75,000 in the tournament held at the Qingdao Golden Mountain Golf Club. from Focus Taiwan News Channel

The Bank of Qingdao is sponsoring the China LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) Golden Mountain Challenge tournament being held at the Jinshan Resort near Qingdao from May 30 to June 1, 2013. Competing for the half million RMB prize are golfers Shang Linyan, Jang So-young, and Walailak Satarak. Call 8552.6666 in Qingdao for more info. Latest tournament news here.

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The China LPGA Tour swings back into action this week with the inaugural RMB500,000 (about US$70,000) Bank Of QingDao Golden Mountain Challenge.

The fifth leg of the 2013 China LPGA Tour season is being contested over the spectacular Qingdao Golden Mountain Golf Club, a three-year-old Schmidt-Curley design that features dramatic elevation changes and an ever-prevalent wind blowing off Bohai Bay.

Jang So-young, equal runner-up with Thai Walailak Satarak at last week’s Beijing Challenge behind winner Wichanee Meechai, praised the conditions of the par-72, 6,184-yard layout following her practice round Wednesday.

However, she conceded that the wind will play a major factor in determining the winner. The 21-year-old Jang, a former Korean national team player, said: “It’s a windy course. The second shots are very important because the greens are small and undulating. The fairway conditions are perfect and I have to hit my irons well this week.

“Taiwan players are very strong in windy conditions. I must try my best to beat them to win. My goal is to win at least once and finish top-five in the Order of Merit at the end (of the season).”

Walailak, a 29-year-old Bangkok native who returned to Thailand two years ago after more than a decade in America, said she favoured windy conditions as she grew up playing on a flat course open to the elements.

“This course is windy, not that long. I think it’s set up kind of short. There are only a few tough holes, but it’s in great condition,” said the two-time winner on the Canadian Tour. “The greens, the fairways are just perfect. I like this golf course. It will be fun.”

Shang Linyan, who closed with a final round 67 in Beijing last weekend to finish equal 10th, is hoping to keep the trophy in China. She currently sits second on the Order of Merit and is looking to move up this week with many of the Tour regulars absent, opting to play in Chinese Taipei at a Ladies Asian Tour event.

Shang said: “The golf course is beautiful but the wind is strong. The scores will depend on the wind. The fairways are wide here, but the rough is horrible and frightening. I prefer no wind.”

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