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Local golfer Guo takes second at Mission Hills

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Kunming native Guo Caizhu placed second in the under-21 age group at last weekend's Faldo Series Asia Final at Mission Hills in Shenzhen. It was the conclusion of an amateur series that began in the fall. Fifty-nine golfers from 10 Asian countries, as well as five European golfers, competed in Shenzhen.

After winning the Kunming leg of the Faldo Series, Guo finished 19 strokes behind Taiwanese golfer Lin Tzu Chi over three rounds at Mission Hills. Lin was the competition's top female golfer, which means she secured an invite to the European final of the Faldo Series 2008 and an event on the European Ladies Tour 2008.

The tournament's overall winner was Rashid Khan, a 16-year-old from Delhi, India. In addition to an invite to the European event, Khan played his way into the Volvo Masters Asia 2008 and won a scholarship to Asian Tour Qualifying School.

Guo said her performance could have been better, but that her opponent had a great tournament.

"She played extremely well," Guo said of Lin. "I'm a little disappointed because of course I would have liked to play in Europe. But hopefully next year I can do better." Guo is now back in Kunming, practicing and teaching at Lakeview Golf Club.

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