Focus on studies, junior golfers told

Zhang Lianwei, the first Chinese to play in the US Masters, has some useful advice for aspiring golfers in his homeland. Play golf, but focus more on your studies, Zhang said.

“I always encourage kids to play golf and I’ll always help them develop their skills,” he said. “But my advice to them is not to neglect their studies. Professional golf is a difficult place to make it to.”

Zhang was speaking at the Macau Open, which started yesterday and runs until Sunday. He is the only two-time winner of the event – in 2001 and 2002.

The 38-year-old expressed disappointment over missing the cut at the Masters, but still believed it was a push in the right direction for young Chinese golfers.

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