Golf: Promising youngsters Green, Lin earn HSBC Women's Champions sponsor invite

A record-breaking American rookie and the youngest-ever China LPGA winner are the latest names to earn their place in the star-studded HSBC Women's Champions later this month.

Jaye Marie Green, 20, and Janet Lin, 17, have been extended sponsor invites to compete at this year's Feb 27-March 2 tournament, which will tee-off at the Sentosa Golf Club.

Green earned her place in the tournament after recording a remarkable victory in the 2013 LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament, finishing with a record 29-under-par 331 total and a 10-stroke win margin.

Said the Florida native, who picked up golf at the age of 12: "This tournament is definitely one of the key highlights on the events schedule, and receiving an invitation to play is an absolute honour and a dream come true! It's a great opportunity and it will make me challenge and push myself further as a professional. Also, I've heard so much about Singapore and I am thrilled to head there to play!"

Green turned professional in 2013 and played her rookie year on the Symetra Tour. But she had already made a name for herself as an amateur, winning the 2012 North and South Amateur Championship, the 2012 AJGA ROLEX Tournament of Champions and was runner-up in the 2012 USGA US Women's Amateur.

Similarly, Lin is also an exciting talent.

The Guangdong native, a member of the China national team, is the youngest LET (Ladies European Tour) full card holder and has also earned a full card for 2014 LPGA Tour, making her the second Chinese player on the LPGA alongside Feng Shanshan.

She is a three-time winner on the China LPGA Tour, winning the 2013 Sanya's Hills Ladies Classic, the 2012 Tianjin Challenge and the 2012 SRIXON XXIO Ladies Open.

A total of 63 players will vie for honours at the Serapong Course, including Singapore qualifier, Amanda Tan, 14. They will compete for the lions share of the US$1.4 million (S$1.8 million) prize purse.

The event will also feature South Korean world No. 1 Park In Bee, Norway's Suzann Pettersen (No. 2) and reigning champion Stacy Lewis (No. 3) from the United States.

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