On an overcast day that saw some on-and-off rain, China’s Ji made four birdies against one bogey to post her 3-under-par round. Her 141 total puts her three shots ahead in the Under 18 division over Malaysia’s Hee Ying Loy and four strokes ahead over Taipei’s Yi Ting Lai.
Wang, who played in the ANNIKA Invitational USA this year and won the AJGA Junior at Centennial last week in the United States, got off to a hot start by making six birdies in her first 14 holes. A couple of bogeys down the stretch resulted in a second-round 69, but was good enough to give her a four-shot lead in the Under 15 division heading into the final round. In second at 3-over-par 147 is China’s Ru Qing Guan while Taipei’s Ching Tzu Chen is in third at 5-over-par 149.
Following today’s play, Annika hosted a clinic on the Mission Hills driving range for all of the players and parents. The focus of her clinic was teaching players the importance of goal-setting and visualization. Over 100 people were treated to a very informative clinic as well as an autograph session with Annika that followed shortly after.
After the clinic, a tournament dinner was hosted to welcome all of the ANNIKA Invitational at Mission Hills participants. Annika greeted everybody and everyone was treated to a talent show that featured different performances from the players that included a flute solo, a piano solo and a dance number from six girls from Taipei.
The winner of this year’s event will receive an exemption into the LET’s 2014 Mission Hills World Ladies Championship to be played at Mission Hills. The top three finishers will receive exemptions to the 2014 ANNIKA Invitational USA to be played at Reunion Resort in Orlando, Florida on January 17-20, 2014.
Final-round tee times will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Friday off the No. 1 tee on the Annika Course at Mission Hills Golf Club and will be followed by the Awards Ceremony at 3 p.m. on the 18th green.