POSTED: August 19th 2014

Nanjing 2014: Golf to make Olympics debut with hometown favourite Zecheng Dou

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Seventeen-year-old Zecheng Dou will become the first Chinese golfer at an Olympic Games this week at Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games, where the first Olympic golf competition is being held.

Dou, ranked 38th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, was also one of seven athletes to carry the Olympic Flag during Saturday’s Opening Ceremony at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre.

“It was a really good atmosphere at the Opening Ceremony,” the Arizona State University student said. “I really enjoyed it. There were Olympic gold medallists like Liu Kians and Wang Liqin standing right next to me. It was really cool.

“I want to win the gold medal here. I have confidence in how I’m playing. I have been quite well recently and am just looking to make some small improvements to some areas of my game.”

Dou finished ahead of all other Chinese golfers, such as professionals Wenchong Liang and Ashun Wu, at Volvo China Open last year and took fourth overall at the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship at Nanshan. In 2014, Dou finished three PGA Tour China Series events in the top ten, including one runner-up place.

The young athlete would have participated in the US Amateur Championship, for which he qualified, if it were not for the Second Youth Olympic Games.

“I would like to have played in the US Amateur but I still have opportunities to play in it as long as I am an amateur,” Dou said. “This will be my only chance to play at a Youth Olympic Games."

Zhongshan International Golf Club will host the men’s and women’s golf competitions.

Keywords · Golf · Olympics · Youth Olympic Games · YOG · Nanjing 2014 · China · Nanjing · PGA · Professional Golfers Association.

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