Schoolboy, 14, qualifies for China Open

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese teenager Zhang Jin successfully battled the Beijing winds to top northern qualifying for the $2.6 million China Open by a stunning eight shots.

At 14 years and five months, the Beijing amateur is likely to be the youngest player in the field at the European Tour and OneAsia sanctioned event at the Jinji Lake International Golf Club in Suzhou from April 15-18.

Zhang braved high winds to shoot a second round 77 on Friday to add to his 76 on the first day of qualifying at Beijing's Honghua Golf Club, which hosted the 2006 China Open. "I was very pleased that I held it together today," Zhang said in a tournament news release. "There was a lot of pressure on me and the conditions were just as bad as yesterday, so I'm feeling proud to have come through it so well."

Female professional Lu Yuexia dropped four shots over her last three holes to tumble from second spot and out of the three qualifying spots.

(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney; Editing Peter Rutherford)