APGC Junior Championship Review
Japan won the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation Junior Championship Mitsubishi Corporation Cup at Fanling by seven strokes,
Japan won the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation Junior Championship Mitsubishi Corporation Cup 2017 at Fanling.
The 2017 APGC Junior Championship Mitsubishi Corporate Cup fields 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 final round. It was a seeded draw where each participant played with their own ball in a standard 18-hole round with the leading players teeing off last. Unlike days one and two, day three generated two scores, one each for the male and female member of each team.
The combined total scores of these four rounds determined the team winner, while the male and female leading player in the final round are rewarded with a playing spot in the Asia-Pacific Open Golf Diamond Cup 2017 in Japan in September and the 2018 Korea Women’s Open in June 2018 respectively.
Yuki Ikeda and Yuka Yasuda, representing Japan Team 2, competed for their individual rounds by each carding a 66 for a total 263, 17-under-par for the week, to win by seven strokes.
Australia Team 1, consisting Jed Morgan and Grace Kim, took the runner-up spot, while 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 276, 4-under-par.
“We are thrilled to have won the APGC Junior Championship Mitsubishi Corporation Cup. We partnered really well this week and tried very hard to make sure we didn’t make too many silly mistakes. We managed to do it and are very excited,” said the 16-year-old Yasuda.
Hong Kong Team 1, represented by Taichi Kho and Chloe Chan, was the best placed local team. With each scoring a two-overpar 72 in the individual round today, the duo finished in a respectable eighth place overall, carving out a total score 1-under-par 279 total.
“I am satisfied with my performance today and this week overall. I was a little unlucky with a few putts today, but to finish inside the top 10 in the individual round against the players in this field, I am very pleased. I have learnt a lot from Taichi this week, who gave me advice on the choice of clubs for different situations, and if I get to pair with him again next year, I will be pleased,” commented Chan.
15-year-old Si Ngai of Macau carded a final-round 65 that featured six birdies to become the standout in Fanling. Si 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 with a five-under 65.
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Yuki Ikeda and Yuka Yasuda, representing Japan Team 2, competed for their individual rounds by each carding a 66 for a total 263