A member at the Troon-managed Lion Lake Country Club in China, Guan Tianlang becomes the youngest-ever Masters competitor
(Scottsdale, Ariz.) - Troon, the leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing, has had extra cause for celebration this week. Guan Tianlang, a member at Troon's flagship property in China called Lion Lake Country Club, became the youngest player to ever play in the Masters after beginning his round at August National yesterday. The Chinese prodigy has captured the attention of the world of golf as so many have staggered at the 8th grader's poise at such a formidable event.
The 14 year-old, who qualified for the tournament as a result of his impressive wire-to-wire victory in the Asia Pacific Amateur Championship last year, has been rich in praise for Lion Lake in helping him achieve his series of historic results. The high-quality course conditions have provided Guan with similar playing conditions found at the world's best championship venues, suggesting that he is better prepared for competing in high-profile amateur and professional events.
"We have worked with Guan and his family for the last three years in helping him prepare as thoroughly as possible for top-level amateur golf," commented John Ho, Lion Lake Country Club vice president. "His performance has surpassed everyone's expectations and everyone who has been involved in his incredible success is extremely proud of his achievements. The team at the golf course has endeavored to create the best practice environment, with specific treatments to simulate conditions at Augusta National. Troon's agronomy team has gone to great lengths to condition the greens and fairways to the highest spec. Everyone at Lion Lake is delighted with Guan and we wish him the best of luck."
The impact Guan has had at Augusta National has been overwhelming with many comparisons drawn between him and some of golf's great young superstars. The mainstream media has been quick to examine the 14-year-old's ability to handle the occasion - a test Guan has passed with flying colors.
"What Guan has done is quite simply out of this world," said David Townend, Troon's director for Asia. "His talent and work ethic are an inspiration to us all. His popularity will no doubt grow significantly following this week and his future potential as a Chinese and global sporting icon is a journey we will all follow closely."
For more on Lion Lake Country Club, visit www.lionlake.com/en/yht/index.html.