Taichi Kho Wins Mis­sion Hills Jack Nick­laus Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship

HK Golfer - - Divots -

Taichi Kho won the boys’ ti­tle in thrilling style with a fi­nal round of 69 be­fore eagling the se­cond play-off hole while New Zealand’s Rose Zheng also came through a tight bat­tle to win the girls. The 16-year-old holds the Hong Kong Ju­nior Open and Close ti­tles, con­tin­ued that form to win with a 54-hole to­tal of 225 on the par-72 Sand­belt Trails Course at the Mis­sion Hills Haikou re­sort.

Hav­ing opened with rounds of 79 and 77, the Hong Kong na­tional team mem­ber, who also won the HKGA Win­ter Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship in De­cem­ber, carded a bril­liant three-un­der-par fi­nal round – the low­est of the tour­na­ment – to catch Thai­land’s Su­paw­itch Songk­lod and then claim the sud­den-death play­off with a 15-foot ea­gle putt. China’s Ma Bing-Wen fin­ished one shot be­hind to take third over­all and win the Boys’ 11-14 di­vi­sion.

In the girls’ cat­e­gory, Zheng im­pressed with rounds of 72, 74 and 72 to fin­ish on two over par, only one ahead of overnight leader, Sun Jia-Ze of China on 219. An­other Hong Kong player, Iris Wang Xin-Yi won the Girls’ 11-14 di­vi­sion with a score of 241, beat­ing Jenny Chang Chih-Hsuan of Chi­nese Taipei on count-back.

The over­all cham­pi­ons, Kho and Zheng were among a to­tal of 18 play­ers who were re­warded with an in­vi­ta­tion to the Nick­laus Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship in the USA this sum­mer. The top three play­ers in each age group have the op­por­tu­nity to com­pete in the event, which is held on June 20-21 in Palm Beach County, Florida.

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