BEIJING, May 23 (Xinhua) -- Chinese amateur Shi Yuting, Chinese Taipei's Chien Pei-yun and Thai Tiranan Yoopan shared the early lead at the 500,000-yuan Beijing Challenge Thursday, shooting five-under 67 in the fourth leg of the China LPGA Tour season.
Thais Walailak Satarak, Tanaporn Kongkiatkrai and Pavarisa Yoktuan, South Korean Jang So-young and China's Wang Wenwen were one shot off the pace with 68 at the Orient (Beijing) Pearl Golf Country Club. Chinese Taipei's Chang Hsuan-ping and amateurs, Tiffany Chan of Hong Kong, China and China's Ye Ziqi were two shots back.
Shi, a 15-year-old from Beijing, continued her strong showing against pro fields. Starting from the 10th, the teenager got off to a solid start with birdies on her first two holes. She then played bogey-free golf, picking up another stroke at the par-three third, before closing with consecutive birdies.
After missing the cut two weeks ago in Wuxi at the Srixon XXIO, Shi said she took a lesson and changed her swing to regain her confidence.
"No coach accompanied with me in Beijing. I just remembered how to hit straight and repeat again and again in the driving range and let it happen," she said. "Today I hit 12 out of 14 fairways and I'm happy to have a bogey-free round. I missed three putts within 10 feet and one putt from three feet, but I think it's okay."
Shi credited her playing partner Chien for inspiration.
"She played great too. She hit long and her putter is also steady. I think we feed off each other and she is part of the reason why I played great."
Chien, the equal runner-up at the Srixon XXIO earlier this month, carded a round with seven birdies against two bogeys.
"It's great, but I would prefer to have a bogey-free round like what Shi Yuting had," said the 22-year-old. "So far, I've just had only one (bogey-free round). Maybe it's because of my long drives. It created many birdie chances for me but also put me into danger."
Thailand's Amolkan Phalajivin shot a hole-in-one at the 162-yard 15th hole with a six-iron on her way to a 78 in the warm but overcast conditions.