HomeGolfYan Liu leads Epson Tour's Four Winds Invitational in South Bend

Yan Liu leads Epson Tour’s Four Winds Invitational in South Bend

SOUTH BEND — Train whistles and horns have been constant distractions for golfers at South Bend Country Club ever since George O’Neil’s wonderful design opened near Chain O’Lakes in 1916.

Friday afternoon in the first round of the $200,000 Four Winds Invitational, the Epson Tour-event field experienced a distracting train of a different source — 24-year-old golf professional Yan Liu of China.

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After opening with four straight pars, the 5-foot-8 Liu hopped her own personal birdie train, making six in a row from holes 5 through 10. Then after a three-hole stretch of 1-over golf, Liu finished off her day with three more birdies over the final five holes, the last coming after she holed a 57-foot putt at the 211-yard, par-3 17th. Her 8-under round of 64 was good for a three-shot lead over Linnea…


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