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An interview with Chinese professional Jia Yun Li

Jia Yun Li, 23, from Guangzhou, is the captain of the China national team. She is one of three Chinese players who graduated to LET Final Qualifying School for the 2012 season hopes to become one of China’s first representatives on the Ladies European Tour.

Why do you want to come to play on the Ladies European Tour?

I think it’s the second tour for players in the world and they have a lot of points on the Rolex World Rankings, so we want to play here. The Tour in China does not have points for the World Ranking yet.

How did you prepare for this tournament?

We spent a lot of time preparing for this Q School. I qualified for half a card on the Japan LPGA in December so we were preparing before that. We practised every day, six hours for golf and two hours for fitness. We don’t have a psychology teacher but we read some books and our coaches teach us some psychology. I played in the Sanya Ladies Open, Asian Games and China Open in Xiamen in December.

What are your expectations for 2012?

I would like to have a few months in Japan because I have half a card there. If I have the card for the LET I will decide. In my spare time I will come to the LET. It’s my first time in Europe at La Manga Club.

What is your lowest round?

67 (-5).

What is the best part of your game?

The driver.

What is your driving average?

240 yards.

What is your putting average?


Have you had any hole in ones?

One in practise.

What is your favourite course?

Nine Dragon Lakes, which is the course in my home city. It hosted the Asian Games in 2009.

Do you have any superstitions?


Any lucky number?


What languages do you speak?

Chinese and English and a little Japanese.


I’m in my last year at university and I majored in English. I’m an undergraduate at Guangdong University of Foreign Study.

Who are your golfing heroes?

Sergio Garcia.

Who is on your team?

My three golf coaches from the China national team are Raymond Huang, Michael Dickie and Shi Hu. The fitness coach is Zhao Shuai and the manager is Li Qing Hua.





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