Miranda Wang, a first title on the Epson Tour
by ANDREA GUSSONI | VIEW 1425
The Chinese Miranda Wang prevailed with 204 (-12) strokes in the IOA Championship signing her first title on the Epson Tour. On the course of the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa (par 72), in Beaumont in California, she overcame in the final sprint the Malaysian Natasha Andrea Oon, second with 205 (-11), and the American Maddi Caldwell-Young, third with 207 (-9), with whom she shared the lead after two rounds.
She finished in 39th place with 215 (-1) Angelica Moresco, the only Italian in the field.
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In good position, but never in the running for the title, Laura Wearn and the Paraguayan Milagros Chaves, fourth with 208 (-8), the Korean Mi Hyang Lee, the Australian Gabriela Ruffels (her previous Carlisle Arizona Classic) and the German Sophie Hausmann, winner of this tournament in 2021, sixth with 209 (-7).
Miranda Wang (69 65 70), a 24-year-old from Tianjin, took the 'card' at the 2022 Qualifying School, scoring in the third race held as a member of the circuit, after suffering two cuts. She had however competed in six events last season with a ninth place finish in the Casino del Sol Golf Classic.
You studied at Duke University whose golf team won the NCAA title in 2018-2019 (the seventh in the history of the University) thanks to your victory in the decisive match. In 2022 she was named player of the year on the Women's All Pro Tour (WAPT), where she won twice, a circuit born under the aegis of the LPGA Tour with the aim of encouraging young talent who want to aspire to attend the two tours US females.
In the final round she bested her opponents with a 70 (-2, three birdies, one bogey) and was awarded a check for $30,000 out of a $200,000 prize pool. Angelica Moresco (74 71 70), in her second match of the season, after a start in 55th place improved her scores too, finishing with a 70 (-2) result of three birdies and a bogey.
The Symetra Tour, formerly known as the LPGA Futures Tour or Duramed Futures Tour, is the official development and qualifying tour of the LPGA Tour, open to both professional and amateur female players.