Mainland China pocketed a Peugeot but Taiwan grabbed the leads yesterday in the third day of the Straits Cup at The Westin Resort in Ta Shee. The PRC’s Xue Guanfeng won the car and an Audemars Pigeut watch by acing the 11th hole for a huge payday valued at more than NT$2 million. The hole-in-one, however, just managed to slow down impressive performances from Taiwan’s men and women’s teams. The Taiwanese men captured 4 1/2 points out of a possible 6 to move ahead 11-7 after three rounds. The host women swept their three matches to take a 4-2 lead after their two days of competition. The tournament concludes today with 12 men’s singles matches and 6 women’s singles matches. Friday saw Taiwan captain Tony Hsieh shuffle his pairing after Thursday’s disastrous results when heavily-favored Taiwan was played to a draw in the men’s competition and lost 2-1 in women’s play. The revamped lineups performed well with all nine teams breaking par. For the women, Tseng-Hsiu-feng and Huang Hui-fan overtook Lin Shaoru and Zhong Xiaolong with a 33 on the back nine for a 71-72 win. Tsai Li-hsiang and Lu Hsiao-chuan also scraped out a one-shot win when the PRC’s Huang Lixia and Hu Xiangzhen bogeyed the 16th hole. The Taiwan men were in trouble early. In the day’s first match, Zhang Lian-wei and Liang Wenzhong bested Tsai Chi-huang and Chou Hung-nan 66-69 to tie the overall score at 6.5-6.5 and give Zhang his third-straight win of the tournament. The tie was short-lived as Taiwan won four of the remaining five matches-with one draw-for their four-point overall advantage.
Chung Chun-hsing and Lu Wen-der combined for a nine-under 63 for the low round while Hong Chia-yuh and Lin Wen-tang fired a 65 for the hosts.