New Zealand Golf Magazine

FIONA XU WINS HER FIRST NATIONAL TITLE

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Fiona Xu won the biggest title of her young career by defeating Tara Raj 3&1 in the 36-hole final of the 118th New Zealand Amateur Championsh­ip held at Poverty Bay Golf Club.

Xu’s victory arrived at the perfect time as she last won an event in December last year at the Christies Floorings Mount Open and has battled with her form ever since.

She had no such issues last month coming out on top in a tight tussle with Raj and she said it is great to be back.

“It feels really good. I haven’t had a win in a long time now so it’s great to be back,” Xu said.

“I wasn’t playing very well after we went into lockdown and I missed a cut and placed second to last at The Carrus Open in Tauranga.

“I’m glad I’ve found my game again and have come out on top at this tournament.”

Xu made an extraordin­ary birdie on the 33rd hitting her second to within gimmie range to make the difference two.

She won the 35th to win her maiden New Zealand Amateur Championsh­ip and said it was a special feeling to write her name in the history books.

“It means a lot. I get to put my name on that historical trophy and when people look at it in the future, they’ll see my name there alongside some of the greats of our sport in New Zealand.

“I just told myself to play the best I could on this great golf course and to relax and enjoy every moment of it.”

Xu will now turn her attention to the New Zealand Women’s Interprovi­ncials in late November.

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