Japanese pair triumph in Hong Kong

Hong Kong, September 1: Japan won the third APGC Junior Championship through Yuki Ikeda and Yuka Yasuda, representing Japan Team 2.

The Japanese pair carded identical 66s in their individual rounds today for a 17-under-par 263 total to win by seven strokes over Australia Team 1, consisting of Jed Morgan and Grace Kim. Two teams were tied in third place – Kwon Seo-yun and Oh Seung-hyun of Korea Team 1, and Keita Nakajima and Yuri Yoshida of Japan Team 1 – each with a total score of 274.

The Malaysian pair of Bryan Tan Wei Han and Noraishah Alisa Che Omar finished a commendable joint 13th on 282. The other Malaysian duo, twins Victor Ng and Winnie Ng, were 25th on 298.

In addition to vying for the honour of Asia-Pacific’s best, there was an additional incentive for the region’s young talents to compete well on the final day of the 2017 competition. The leading male and female player from the individual round will receive a playing spot in the Asia-Pacific Open Golf Diamond Cup 2017 in Japan and the 2018 Korea Women’s Open in June respectively.

Carding a round of 65 that featured six birdies, 15-year-old Si Ngai of Macau was the standout at the Hong Kong Golf Club in Fanling and will take his spot in Japan in four weeks while Jeong Yun-ji of Korea received her ticket to Korea after being declared the leader of the girls’ individual round on countback. Like Si, she also completed the course in a five-under 65.

Run by the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC) and sponsored by Mitsubishi Corporation, the 2017 APGC Junior Championship saw 76 of the top juniors in 38 teams representing 20 countries and territories across 40 members of APGC. It follows the Youth Olympic Games format, pairing a junior male and female player in each team.

Following fourball and foursome rounds on the first two days, the competition, moved to an individual stroke-play round today. Unlike days one and two, day three generated two scores, one each for the male and female member of each team.

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