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The pair will split the $12,000 prize evenly, fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of fel­low Auck­lan­der Liv Cheng, who claimed the KFC Golf Schol­ar­ship for three straight years from 2015-17.

This is the sixth year the Schol­ar­ship has been pro­vided and is aimed at fur­ther­ing Kiwi women's golfers' ca­reers

“We are de­lighted to an­nounce Munchin Keh and Phillis Meti as our joint win­ners of the 2018 KFC Golf Schol­ar­ship,” NZPWG chair­per­son Vicki Aitken said.

“Munchin and Phillis are both work­ing hard in forg­ing their own path­ways on the in­ter­na­tional stage and we're ex­cited to have them as our win­ners this year and to sup­port them to achieve their goals for 2018.”

The 25-year-old Keh, who hails from Paku­ranga, is com­ing off a suc­cess­ful rookie sea­son on the Chi­nese Ladies Pro­fes­sional Golf As­so­ci­a­tion Tour in 2017, mak­ing the cut in all eight tour­na­ments.

She has gained full sta­tus for the 2018 CLPGA Tour.

“Munchin had a solid first year on the Chi­nese LPGA last year, she is keen to build on that and gain her LPGA card in the U.S. later this year,” Aitken en­thused.

“The Schol­ar­ship will help her to do this.”

Af­ter mak­ing a huge im­pact as a new­comer on the CLPGA Tour, a USLPGA Tour card would be a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion for Keh, whose achieve­ments in­clude rep­re­sent­ing New Zealand at three Queen Sirikit tour­na­ments and play­ing a key role in four NZ In­ter­provin­cial ti­tle vic­to­ries for the dom­i­nant Auck­land team.

As an am­a­teur she also won the Ruth Mid­dle­ton Stroke­play in 2012 and 2016, the NZ Women's Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship in 2012 (she was run­ner-up in 2016) and the Aus­tralian Women's Am­a­teur Rosedale Cup in 2015.

Auck­land's Meti, 30, is a su­per­star on the women's World Long Drive cir­cuit. A two-time win­ner of the World Long Drive Cham­pi­onship (2006 and 2016), Meti smashed a world record drive of 406 yards (371 me­tres) in the Den­ver-hosted event last year.

“Phillis is our world record Long Drive champ and we want to sup­port her in con­tin­u­ing to make an im­pact on Long Drive golf, as­sist­ing her in pro­mot­ing the game of golf as she does so,” Aitken said.

Meti rep­re­sented North Har­bour as an am­a­teur be­fore turn­ing pro­fes­sional in 2009.

The Schol­ar­ship will help her to com­pete in Long Drive Tour events in the United States – in­clud­ing her at­tempt to win a third World Long Drive Cham­pi­onship ti­tle– and also fur­ther her public speak­ing skills.

Phillis Meti, one of the two win­ners of the 2018 KFC Golf Schol­ar­ship. Im­age credit Si­mon Watts.

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