The 17-year-old Ting-Hsuan Huang of Chinese Taipei played an impressive final round to shock the local Thai challenge at the last seven holes to win the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific championship.
Huang finished 11-under at the Siam Country Club, while Thailand’s Natthakritta Vongtaveelap was 9-under and three players, Lee Hyosong, Japan’s Yuna Araki and Rianne Mikhaela Malixi finished in a tie for third as released by Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific.
Huang started the final round as one of the four co-leaders at 8-under. The group included home stars, the top-ranked Thai Natthakritta, and the little-known Thai Suvichaya Vinijchaitham. Huang began her final charge with a hole-out from the bunker on the Par-3 12th, where Natthakritta bogeyed and Suvichaya double-bogeyed.
Huang built on it and steadily moved up to take the sole lead. When Natthakritta missed a four-putt birdie on the 18th, Huang holed her birdie putt, just inside that distance, for a two-shot win. Huang’s final seven holes included four birdies against one eagle. Huang revealed her idol is former World No. 1 Yani Tseng from Chinese Taipei, with whom she has played often in her hometown, Taoyuan.
On Sunday Huang stayed steady even as Natthakritta could not follow up her massive drives with iron and wedge play. Huang was 3-under for the last seven holes and the Thai went 3-over.
Apart from this, the 16-year-old schoolgirl Nishna Patel from Mumbai was the only Indian to make the cut. She triple-bogeyed the last hole and finished with 76 and was 8-over for four days and tied for 46th place.
Indian girls, Avani Prashanth, Kriti Chowhan, Sifat Sagoo, Mannat Brar and Ceerat Kang had earlier missed the cut.