Phenom qualifies

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:49 AM ET

Michelle Wie and Morgan Pressel are two of the biggest names coming to Edmonton this summer for the CN Canadian Women's Open, so what do we make of an 18-year-old phenom who's beaten them both?

We'll find out soon enough, because she's coming to Edmonton.

Ya Ni Tseng of Taiwan gained exemption into the LPGA showcase at the Royal Mayfair with a season-opening victory on the CN Canadian Women's Tour yesterday.

Her two-shot win was her first as a professional - she just turned pro in January - but Tseng is already a well-decorated amateur.

As a 15-year old, Tseng outlasted Wie at the 2004 US Women's Public Links Championship then topped Pressel in 2005 at the prestigious North South Women's Amateur.

"She's going to be quite a story," said Dan Pino of the Royal Canadian Golf Association. "She is already. She's really something."

Tseng finished four-under par (68-72-140) for a two-stroke win over Canadian National Women's Amateur Team member Stephanie Sherlock of Barrie, Ont. Leading by two strokes on the 16th tee box, she parred her way home to close the deal.

Before she sets her sights on the $2.25 million Tour stop in Edmonton (Aug. 13-19), she'll try and qualify for the US Women's Open, an event she twice competed in as an amateur.

"My goal coming in was to get the exemption, so I'm happy with the win," said Tseng, who competed as one of a record 37 international players at the Vancouver Golf Club. "The golf course was beautiful and the competition was strong, so I feel really good about my game right now."

Corina Kelepouris of Drayton Valley had the second lowest round of the day yesterday, 69, but couldn't overcome an opening round 78 and finished tied for ninth at three-over par.


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