Ye Jian-feng and Liang En-qi gave thanks to the gods on a pre-tournament visit to Nansha Tin Hau Temple, before tomorrow’s opening round of the Guangzhou Nansha Qualifying event.

Warm sunshine greeted the two talented players on their afternoon visit and both will be hoping for the same type of weather when they tee off tomorrow morning in their quest for Volvo China Open qualification.

Both players are based in nearby cities – Liang in Guangzhou and Ye in Shenzhen and both have competed in Volvo China Open Qualifying in the past with Ye winning through no less than three times, the first time being in 2007 in Beijing where he won as a 16-year-old amateur.

Ye, 26, who goes by the English name of Benny, has a 100 percent victory record in qualifying as he entered and won again here at Nansha Golf Club two years ago, and then claimed his third title last year at Grand Hill Golf Club in Chengdu.

Ye needs just one further qualification to tie the record of four set by Liu An-da, however he will have to play to his very best over the reconfigured Nansha course which features super-fast greens.

Sixteen-year-old Liang has been a regular competitor in the Volvo China Junior Match Play Championship and went into last year’s event in Hainan as the top seed.

The junior high school student displayed signs of exceptional talent by finishing tied seventh at Guangzhou Nansha Golf Club two years ago when Ye picked up his second victory.

“The professional game has a big difference from amateur or youth events,” said Liang, who recently returned from training in America. “I’ve been able to judge my progress better by playing professional events.

“I have played between two to five professional events for the past couple of years but I plan to play in the Volvo China Open qualifying every year from now on.”

Living close by Ye took the opportunity to play a practice round last week and was surprised to find the greens is excellent but fast condition.

“Some of the holes on the back nine have changed a little from my previous visits and of course we are using a completely different front nine this year,” said Ye.

“I’m going to try my best to qualify because I really love the atmosphere of the Volvo-sponsored events, in particular the qualifying events.



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