BEDMINSTER, N.J. – When Doris Chen walked off the 17th green with her 3-and-1 victory over Erynne Lee, her expression hardly changed. Only when the four remaining members of her gallery – she started the week with six – started passing out bear hugs did the 16-year-old crack a smile.
Judging from Chen’s shy demeanor, you might not guess that Yani Tseng is among her golf partners in Lake Nona, Fla. Tseng, who won the LPGA Corning Classic in May, and Chen both hail from Taiwan, and Tseng is one of just five LPGA players from the country. Chen’s mother, Jessey Lin, said Chen hopes to take that number to six someday.
Since she moved from Taiwan to Florida with her mother three years ago to put more focus on golf, Chen has enrolled at the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, where she plans to stay until entering college in two years.
Unfortunately for Lin, more golf for Chen means less golf for her. Once a single handicapper working for a golf association in Taiwan, Lin has all but abandoned the game.
“(When) my daughter got better than me, I quit,” she said.
Looks like both golfing ability and the desire to win runs in the Chen family.