Tulsa adds top Chinese player in effort to rebuild program

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TULSA, Okla. –– Top Chinese junior golfer Tsai-Ching (Lorena) Tseng signed a national letter-of-intent today with The University of Tulsa, it was announced head coach Emilee Klein.

Tseng joins Purcell, Oklahoma’s ShaeBug Scarberry, who signed last week, as the newest Golden Hurricane women golfers. Both will enroll in August for the 2018-19 season.

“This is probably my best recruiting class ever,” said Klein, who had also coached at San Diego State and UCF. “Both Lorena and Shaebug bring an incredible amount of experience to the program.  They are both true competitors who know how to win and are not happy unless they are victorious.”

“They are hard workers who already play great, but want to continue to improve. ShaeBug and Lorena are two student-athletes who are going to help elevate Tulsa women’s golf back to where it has been in the past; on top,” added Klein.

Tseng, from Tainan, China, has turned in some impressive wins the last two years. She finished first at the 2017 Faldo Series Taiwan Championship with rounds of 78-67-71. She also won the 2017 Standard Chartered Bank National Fall Rankings Tour and the 2016 Hong King Ladies Amateur Championship. Tseng also finished in second place at the 2017 HSBC China Junior Golf Championship.

She played five events in the United States in 2017, finishing in second-place at the AJGA Junior at OakTree with rounds of 70-73-69 for a 212 total. Tseng also finished 4th at the AJGA Junior at RiverWatch, 7th at the Amino VITAL® Junior Championship and 30th at the IMG Academy Junior World Championship.

“Lorena has length, accuracy, incredible touch and when you watch her she has a perfect temperament on the course to be a top player in the country.  She knows how to go low and has posted numerous rounds in the 60s,” said Klein.

Tseng has a 74.07 scoring average with a low competitive round of 67 and has a World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) of 828. She is ranked 18th internationally among the 2018 class.

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