March 8, 2013
FOLLOW TOURNAMENT RESULTS
MADISON, Wis. -- One of the Wisconsin women’s golf recruits is making a splash on the international stage this week. Michelle Cheung, a 2012 signee from Hong Kong, has made the cut in the World Ladies Championship, a Ladies European Tour event being held in Hainan, China.
Playing as an amateur alongside LPGA and European tour pros like Inbee Park and Suzann Pettersen, Cheung shot 1-over par 72-73--145 to make the cut and play this weekend. Park is the two-round leader with an 11-under 68-65--133. Carlota Ciganda is second a stroke back with 71-63--134. The cut was 1-over par. This is Cheung's first professional event.
Cheung was invited to play in the tour event after winning the 2013 Hong Kong Ladies’ Close Championship (79-75-73—227) played in windy conditions at the Clear Water Bay Golf Club. In other recent tournament play she placed second at the Macau Ladies Championship shooting a 7-over 71-78—149.
Cheung is just the fifth international athlete to play women’s golf at Wisconsin. A member of the Hong Kong National team, women’s coach Todd Oehrlein saw her play several Hong Kong Golf Association summer events in the United States. She placed fourth in the 2012 Hong Kong Ladies Amateur Open, and was second in the 2012 Hong Kong Close Championship.
She played in the 2010 and 2011 Callaway Junior World Championship, tying for 18th in 2010. She was a member of Hong Kong team that participated in the 2010 Asian Amateur Games (Guangzhou) and in the World Amateur Team Championship (Argentina). She is currently pursuing the International Bacclaureate (IB) diploma.
Cheung is one of three players to sign this fall with the Badgers. She joins Brooke Ferrell of Edgerton, Wis., and Aya Johnson of North Muskegon, Mich., on the roster in fall of 2013.