Shah Alam, May 5: Thailand’s teen phenom Kan Bunnabodee extended her recent hot streak with a runaway victory in the 34th Malaysian Ladies Amateur Open at Glenmarie Golf & Country Club, winning by eight shots from Mikhaela Fortuna of the Philippines.
Taking a six-shot lead into the final round, Kan closed with a solid 72 at Glenmarie’s Valley Course to finish on four-under-par 212 (71-69-72). In March and April, the 15-year-old won three major junior tournaments in Thailand along with the Singapore Ladies Amateur Open.
Two Malaysian national team stalwarts, Nur Durriyah Damian and first round leader Natasha Andrea Oon, finished third and fourth respectively.
“I’m so happy with how I played because I wasn’t even thinking about winning at first. This is a tough course as it’s hilly and you need need to be accurate with your drives and approach shots,” said Kan, known to her friends as Tata.
“Winning both the Singapore and Malaysian amateur opens is like a dream come true for me as it proves that I can do it if I practice hard,” added Kan, who also anchored Team Thailand to the gross team title.
Organised by the Malaysian Ladies Golf Association, the tournament attracted players from 13 countries with 10 playing off scratch or plus-handicaps. Many of the players will be competing in next week’s Queen Sirikit Cup (Asia Pacific Amateur Ladies Golf Team Championship) in China.
RESULTS (TOP 10)
212 – KAN BUNNABODEE (THA) 71-69-72
220 – MIKHAELA FORTUNA (PHI) 73-75-72
221 – NUR DURRIYAH DAMIAN (MAS) 77-72-72, NATASHA ANDREA OON (MAS) 69-77-75
223 – TVESA MALIK (IND) 75-75-73, LIYANA AZIZAN DURISIC (MAS) 74-76-73, VANESSA BOUVET (FRA) 74-72-77
224 – CALLISTA CHEN (SIN) 84-69-71
225 – KULTIDA PRAMPHUN (THA) 75-75-75
226 – DIKSHA DAGAR (IND) 79-75-72, WINNIE NG YU XUAN (MAS) 76-78-72