Meet Sunny Wang, Ipswich Golf Club’s 10-year-old golfing phenomenon
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Sunny Tianlang Wang is not your average 10-year-old.
The youngster, who attends Orwell Park School and is a junior member at Ipswich Golf Club, is emerging as an exceptional golfing talent, already playing off a handicap of 16.
This week she is representing British Junior Golf Tour in the age nine to 10 category of the IMG Academy Junior World Championship in San Diego.
She won her place in the regional qualifier at Park Hill Golf Club in Leicestershire in March when she appeared on Sky TV.
Ipswich Golf Club general manager Neill Ellice said: “Sunny is a 10-year-old who joined last October as a beginner. She attends Orwell Park School where she will have had the benefit of the school’s golf course.
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“Sunny has put in many hours on our short game practice area and has played the Bixley course (nine hole) throughout last autumn and winter.
“When she submitted scorecards for an official handicap they justified handicap of 18 in April which was amazing.
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“It entitled her to play on the Purdis Heath (18 hole) course where she is now eligible to enter ladies’ competitions as well as junior ones.
“Her 18-handicap reflected her playing ability because she has reduced her handicap to 16 (15.9).”
Before flying to the States Sunny played at Brandon Wood in Warwickshire in the 11-12 age category in preparation for the 2018 World finals. Her round of 83 was the best gross.
This booked her place in the BJGT national finals at Park Hill on October 8.
Former winners of the IMG Academy Junior World Championships have included Tiger Woods and Ernie Els.
Sunny’s determination to spend hours on the practice ground is already paying dividends.
It brings back memories of Heidi Baek, the last young lady in Suffolk to work so hard on her game before winning junior international honours for England when a member at Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club. Heidi then went to the University of Maryland.
Sunny’s family come from Beijing. Earlier this year she finished sixth in the under-10 section of the UK Kids European Championship at Royal Musselburgh with rounds of 76, 74 and 75.
She has attended the Lee Westwood Academy at Stoke by Nayland for golf tuition.