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Yang First Chinese Player to Win Title

Futures TourEL PASO, Texas -- Hong Mei Yang became the first Chinese player to win a Futures Tour event Sunday, shooting a 4-under 68 for a four-stroke victory in the IOS Classic.
Hong Mei, making her tour debut after winning twice in March on the West Coast Ladies Golf Tour, had an 11-under 205 total on the Underwood Golf Complex's Sunrise Course. She earned $9,800.
'I'm very happy and very surprised to win,' Hong Mei said through fellow Chinese player Chun Wang. 'This is the lowest three-round score of my professional career.
'This will be very, very big news at home in China and it will let more women play golf and be willing to try.'
The 28-year-old player works with instructor James Chen at Oak Valley Golf Academy in California.

'I'm very proud of her,' Chen said. 'I've seen this player evolve to become a champion and the impact of what she has done will be tremendous on the other side of the world.'
The Futures Tour is the top women's developmental tour in the world, with an 18-event schedule and more than $1.2 million in prize money. The top five on the money list at the end of the season will earn 2005 LPGA Tour cards.
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