APGC Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship Review

Ja­pan won the Asia-Pa­cific Golf Con­fed­er­a­tion Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship Mit­subishi Cor­po­ra­tion Cup at Fan­ling by seven strokes,

HK Golfer - - Contents - By Louie Chan

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.

Please go to www.hkga.com for more in­for­ma­tion and fi­nal lead­ing score about the cham­pi­onship.

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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

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