Princess Mary Superal crowned Hong Kong Ladies Amateur Champion as Tiffany Chan's challenge crumbles
Filipina starlet fires a spectacular 66 to win the title in style at Fanling
Princess Mary Superal of the Philippines fired a spectacular final-round 66 to win the Hong Kong Ladies Open Amateur Championship in style at Fanling.
The 18-year-old, who held a share of the overnight lead with local favourite Tiffany Chan Tsz-ching, prospered in the benign conditions by carding seven birdies and just one bogey over the New Course to claim the title by four shots from fast-finishing Mimi Ho in second place.
Chan, number 17 in the world amateur golf ranking, could only manage a lacklustre 72 to earn third, a further shot adrift.
“To win this title means a lot to me,” said Superal, who claimed the 2014 US Junior Girls’ title and is expecting to turn pro later this year. “I was feeling good and I have my putter to thank – I holed a lot of putts today.”
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Chan, by contrast, was left to rue her own performance on the greens. Despite starting brightly with birdies at the first and third holes, a four-putt at the fourth dented both her confidence and her chances of securing a maiden Ladies Open triumph.
“It was rough,” admitted the 22-year-old. “I made an eagle at the ninth to come back a bit but my putting affected me and I lost some confidence.”
Chan’s international teammate Ho was in a more buoyant mood following a 67 which gave her victory in the Hong Kong Ladies Close Amateur, which was held concurrently with the Open.
“I was just trying to have fun out there,” said the 19-year-old, who made a late charge with four consecutive birdies down the closing stretch. “It’s a nice feeling to win the Close and finish runner-up in the Open with a bogey-free round.”
Leading final scores:
205 – Princess Mary Superal (Philippines); 209 – Mimi Ho (Hong Kong); 211 – Tiffany Chan (Hong Kong); 214 – Michelle Cheung (Hong Kong), Isabella Leung (Hong Kong); 218 – Pauline Del Rosario (Philippines)