Tiffany Chan Tsz-ching

Thailand’s Supamas Sangchan wins Hong Kong Ladies Open, with Tiffany Chan 13th

Olympian cards final round of one-under-par 71 to finish five shots off the pace at Hong Kong Golf Club on Sunday

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 11 June, 2017, 5:00pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 11 June, 2017, 7:32pm

Thailand’s Supamas Sangchan won the EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open by one shot on Sunday, as defending champion Tiffany Chan Tsz-ching claimed a 13th place finish on her first outing as a professional.

Supamas’ win at Hong Kong Golf Club, after a final round of one-under-par 71, denied Chan a fairy tale title defence after last year’s play-off success as an amateur.

But it will still go down as a successful first foray into the paid ranks for the 23-year-old Olympian, who now heads to Illinois for her first event on the second-tier Symetra Tour in the US at the Decatur-Forsyth Classic next week.

“I think I was a little bit nervous when I started in the morning because I knew I had to go low to get close to the leader, so I started with three over after four holes which is not what I expected,” said Chan, who carded a final round of two-under-par 70 to finish at five-under overall, five shots adrift of Supamas on the same total as she finished on last year before winning the title in a play-off.

“But I quickly adjusted and focused on one shot at a time, rather than thinking too far ahead. I calmed myself down, but I wasted too many shots on the front nine over these three days which caused the loss.

“But overall, I think I did pretty well handling all the pressure with all my friends, my high school friends, my family and my relatives, as they all came out and watched and I think the audience was bigger than last year, so it was a good experience for me.”

Thailand’s Suksukont Renuka (67) and Taiwan’s Hsieh Yu-ling (68) finished tied for second at nine-under-par.