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HKGA | LADIES OPEN

Filipinas to theFore Rodriguez defeats compatriot Agojo on first hole of a sudden-death play-off after holding off a strong Hong Kong challenge at the Ladies Open Photography by Daniel Wong

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yna Marie Rodriguez of the Philippines received an early birthday present in the form of the Hong Kong Ladies’ Open Amateur Championship title after overcoming her compatriot and defending champion Jayvie Agojo in a sudden-death play-off at Discovery Bay Golf Club last month. Rodriguez, who turned 21 the day after the championship ended, made a par at the first extra hole after Agojo found trouble to notch her maiden win of the season. The pair had finished regulation play locked on two-under- par. Sarah Jane Ababa, also of the Philippines, claimed third spot, one shot behind. “It feels great to win in Hong Kong,” declared Rodriguez. “It’s a shame that one of us had to lose – especially in a play-off – so I feel quite lucky, but it was a great day and a nice way to celebrate my birthday.” The Hong Kong challenge was spearheaded by Michelle Cheung and Tiffany Chan – and both found themselves very much in the title hunt after some strong play on the front nine. Chan, 18, raced to the turn in three-under but fell back with two back-nine bogies to finish two shots off the pace, while South Island School

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Cyna Marie Rodriquez (left) poses with her silverware after defeating the defending champion Jayvie Agojo (above) after the latter lost a ball with her second shot on the first play-off hole HK Golfer・OCT 2012

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Clockwise from top left: Tiffany Chan earned a share of fourth place after carding a final round 70; Michelle Cheung hit a wayward drive at the par-five 16th to fall out of contention; Sarah Jane Ababa opened with an impressive 66 but still finished one stroke shy

Hong Kong Ladies’ Open Amateur Championship Results 1 Cyna Marie Rodriguez* 2 Jayvie Agojo 3 Sarah Jane Ababa 4= Tiffany Chan Michelle Cheung 6 Chayanit Wangmahaporn 7 Kamonwan Lueamsri 8 Tsai Hsin En 9= Lovelynn Mary Guioguio Isabella Leung 11= Benyapa Niphatsophon Pitchsason Chaichompoo 13 Sherman Santi’phong 14= Princess Mary Superal Mimi Ho Kitty Tam 17 Wu Yi Ching 18 Lou Daniella Uy 19 Michelle Lee 20 Emily Vickie Leung * Won on first play-off hole

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Philippines Philippines Philippines Hong Kong Hong Kong Thailand Thailand Chinese Taipei Philippines Hong Kong Thailand Thailand Thailand Philippines Hong Kong Hong Kong Chinese Taipei Philippines Hong Kong Hong Kong

68 72 71 72 69 70 66 74 72 71 72 70 71 70 72 72 73 72 69 74 75 74 76 71 76 73 75 75 69 80 71 79 75 77 71 77 74 75 77 81 71 75 78 72 77 75 73 79 78 78 73 70 80 82 78 77 79 80 75 86

211 211 212 213 213 217 218 221 224 224 225 225 226 227 227 227 229 232 234 241

student Cheung, 17, who started the round just one off the lead, was also left to rue two late bogies to place alongside Chan in a share of fourth. Isabella Leung, who carded a fine 69 in the second round, had to settle for a tie for ninth spot after a lacklustre 80 in the final round. No local player has won the championship since Sarah Henderson claimed the title in 2002, but National Coach Brad Schadewitz was full of praise of his young charges. “This year’s field was one of the strongest in the tournament’s history, so for Tiffany and Michelle to have had a shot at winning was pleasing to see; it shows that Hong Kong players can compete with the region’s best,” said Schadewitz. “It was a great experience for Michelle in particular. Playing in the final group, she handled herself very well. She’ll have learned a lot.”–Alex Jenkins student Cheung, 17, who started the round just one off the lead, was also left to rue two late bogies to place alongside Chan in a share of fourth. Isabella Leung, who carded a fine 69 in the second round, had to settle for a tie for ninth spot after a lacklustre 80 in the final round. No local player has won the championship since Sarah Henderson claimed the title in 2002, but National Coach Brad Schadewitz was full of praise of his young charges. “This year’s field was one of the strongest in the tournament’s history, so for Tiffany and Michelle to have had a shot at winning was pleasing to see; it shows that Hong Kong players can compete with the region’s best,” said Schadewitz. “It was a great experience for Michelle in particular. Playing in the final group, she handled herself very well. She’ll have learned a lot.”–Alex Jenkins HKGOLFER.COM

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