Teresa Lu wins her 1st Japanese golf tourney of 2017

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Taipei, April 9 (CNA) Taiwanese golfer Teresa Lu (盧曉晴) won the Studio Alice Ladies Open 2017 in Japan on Sunday, taking her first victory of this year in the professional golf circuit with a three-round total of 205.

Lu carded 68, 69 and 68, respectively, in the three rounds of the Japan Ladies Professional Golf Association (JLPGA) tournament in Hyogo Prefecture, beating Jiyai Shin and Ha-Neul Kim, both of South Korea, who finished as runners-up with a total of 208.

Lu was in a two-way tie for 2nd after finishing the second round a day earlier, trailing the leading Shin by four strokes.

Lu shot an eagle, four birdies and two bogeys for a four-under-par 68 in the third round, winning the championship and a cash prize of 10.8 million Japanese yen (US$97,223) at the Hanayashiki Golf Club Yokawa Course in Miki City in western Japan.

Lu is the 7th golfer to shoot an eagle in the last round and win the championship in any JLPGA competition.

She took three titles in the Japan LPGA tour in 2016, while the latest win marks her 13th career victory in Japan.

Lu's career best so far came in 2015, when she won five competitions in Japan -- the Daikin Orchid Ladies Golf Tournament, the Resort Trust Ladies Golf Tournament, the NEC Karuizawa 72 Golf Tournament, the JLPGA Championship, and the Fujitsu Ladies.

Tsai Pei-ying (蔡佩穎), Lu's 25-year-old compatriot, was in a four-way tie for 5th at 5-under 211.

(By Lin Hung-han, Yang Ming-chu and Kuo Chung-han)
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