Epson: seventh seal for Chinese Ruixin Liu

Liu received a winner's check of $60,000 from a total prize fund of $400,000

by Andrea Gussoni
Epson: seventh seal for Chinese Ruixin Liu
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In her first tournament of the season on the Epson Tour, Chinese golfer Ruixin Liu clinched her seventh title on the circuit by winning the Carlisle Arizona Women’s Golf Classic at TPC Scottsdale's Champions Course (par 71) in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Liu, a 25-year-old from Guandong, secured victory with a total score of 270 (64 72 70 64, -14) strokes.

Epson, results

Liu, who previously won this event in 2021 and finished seventh in the Blue Bay on the LPGA Tour in March, produced a stellar final round of 64 (-7, including an eagle, six birdies, and a bogey), the best score of the day.

She finished three strokes ahead of Mariel Galdiano, who secured second place with 273 (-11). Chinese players dominated the leaderboard, with three others finishing in the top five: Weiwei Zhang, who also carded a 64 (-7, with eight birdies and a bogey), tied for third with 274 (-10) alongside Dana Fall, while Yahui Zhang and Michelle Zhang tied for fifth with 275 (-9), level with Amanda Doherty and Madison Young.

Unfortunately, both Italian participants in the tournament missed the cut: Angelica Moresco finished 105th with 148 (74 74, +6), and Benedetta Moresco finished 126th with 153 (73 80, +11). Liu received a winner's check of $60,000 from a total prize fund of $400,000.

The competition was founded in Florida in 1981 under the name Tampa Bay Mini Tour. It officially became known as the Futures Golf Tour in 1983 and in 1999 it was introduced as the official development tour of the LPGA Tour (the top US golf circuit women's golf).

Grace Park, Marilyn Lovander and Audra Burks were the first players to automatically qualify for the LPGA Tour by finishing first, second and third, respectively, on the Futures Golf Tour Money List. The minimum age for participation was lowered to 17 before the start of the 2006 season.

On 18 July 2007 the Ladies Professional Golf Association announced that it had acquired the Futures Tour, its licensee until then, with immediate effect. . Between the 2006 and 2010 seasons Duramed, a pharmaceutical company, was the official sponsor of the tour.

From the 2012 season the American insurance company Symetra was chosen as the new official sponsor and the circuit was consequently renamed as Symetra Tour.