Yoon retains narrow lead in juniors

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 May, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 18 May, 2007, 12:00am

South Korean teenager Yoon Jung-ho held on to his slim one-shot lead after the third round of the 28th Asia Pacific Junior Golf Championship at the Hong Kong Golf Club yesterday.

The 16-year-old carded a one-under 69 for a three-round total of 206 while Taiwan's Hsieh Chi-hsien sits a shot back. Hsieh also posted an excellent 69 over Fanling's Eden Course to remain three under.

Leading the boys' 13-14 age division is Tanapol Vattanapisit, a 14-year-old from Thailand whose superb 65 in hot conditions was the day's lowest round. Hong Kong's Steven Lam Tsz-fung improved on Wednesday's round of 78 to card a three-over 73. He is fifth in his age group and ninth in the overall championship.

In the battle for the girls' title, overnight joint leader Regina de Guzman tumbled down the leaderboard to seventh place after a disastrous second round of 82.

Moving into the lead was South Korea's Heo Yoon-kyung and Filipino Beverly Mendoza.

The pair are tied at the top on 143 following rounds of 71 and 72. Hong Kong's Tiffany Chan Tsz-ching played well to shoot 76 and is tied with compatriot Demi Mak Jun-wi in 13th place in the overall standings ahead of today's final round.

Thailand's Korntawach Julamool stormed to win the 11-12 division, finishing 12 shots ahead of Taiwan's Lee Chieh-po following his three rounds of 68, 76 and 75.

Flying the flag for Hong Kong was Sibo Yan, whose third-round 69 gave him a total of 219, good enough to win the 10-and-under age group, three shots ahead of Jiro Ramos, of the Philippines.