Cayabyab, 13, lands 3rd in HK

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HONG KONG – Thir­teen-year-old An­nyka Pineda Cayabyab ral­lied with a 69 and snatched third place in the Hong Kong Ladies Open Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship won by Tai­wanese Hou Yu-sang in come-from-be­hind fashion here late Fri­day.

Cayabyab, a four-time Ver­i­tas world ju­nior ti­tlist, fought back from ear­lier rounds of 74 and 72 with a strong fin­ish, her three-un­der card and a 215 plac­ing her be­hind Hou (210) and an­other Tai­wanese Lin Jie-en (213) in the 54hole cham­pi­onship at the up-and-down Hong Kong Golf Club’s New Course in Fan­ling.

Erst­while Filip­ina con­tender Ber­nice Oli­varez-Ilas wa­vered at the fin­ish again and wound up fourth at 216 af­ter a 71. The Coun­try Club main­stay blew a three-un­der card with two holes to go as she three-putted No. 17 and bo­geyed the last hole on an er­rant ap­proach.

But Hou dom­i­nated the last 18 holes as she bounced back from a three-over 75 in the se­cond round with a solid eight-un­der 64 for a six-un­der 210 to romp off with a three-stroke vic­tory over Lin, who shot a 69 for a 213.

“I gave it my best but the Tai­wanese girl (Hou) played so well,” said the 15-year-old Oli­varez-Ilas, who also bo­geyed the last hole in the se­cond round and fell one stroke off the pace.

An­other TCC ace Sofia Chabon carded a 70 and ended up sev­enth at 218 be­hind the 217s of lo­cal star Is­abella Le­ung and Huang Yu-ping of Tai­wan, who closed out with sim­i­lar 71s.

AN­NYKA Pineda Cayabyab (left) is shown with coach Nor­mandy Sto. Domingo.

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