Yaeeun Hong has won the 2019 Australian Women & # 39; s Amateur Championship
Yae Eun (Amy) Hong has won three Korean winners of the Australian Amateur Amateur in the past four years and did it today in Woodlands.
Already three-up and played the 34th hole of a 36-hole final against the Tsubasa Kajitani in Japan, the 16-year-old Hong was in a difficult position behind the 16th green. Kajitani meanwhile had her ball on the green with a long birdie-putt to expand the game.
But Hong, another graduate of the incredible South Korean golf factory, narrowed the troublesome chip, put it in the bank, rushed it to the green and the cup for a birdie.
It was game over, just like that. The 3 & 2 victory was her first in a national championship and only her third overall, after two victories in her native country.
Afterwards, the teenager from Seoul admitted that she had only hoped to get her match winning chip close to the pin. "I just thought that & # 39; bogey is ok & # 39 ;," she said. "It was so difficult and it was my first time playing on these heavy greens, I just played it and I thought it was very big, but it just went into the hole." & # 39;
Hong has two years of high school and has come to Australia to play the Amateur and the Master of the Amateurs for the experience. She brought her father Tae-Sik and he was in her bag today. A former professional golfer who stopped playing at the age of 19, Tae-Sik Hong fell into tears after his daughter's victory.
"I thought:" Let's just play with my dad ", said Amy Hong." But I had good scores, got the victory, so it's good for everyone. "
Amy Hong wants to become a professional within a few years. Her favorite player, not surprisingly, is the former world number Sung Hyun Park. "I love her," she said. "I met her during a tournament and I always go to the gallery, she is the best."
Ranked as the 178th in the world for today's big win, Hong had to work hard for the victory against 15-year-old Kajitani, who has a nice rhythm for her swing and who is long-lost
The Korean was up most of the day and put the hammer down with a beautiful, low-turning wedge to the par-five 15th hole, rolling in the birdie from three meters. Kajitani had also got it close, but when she missed her downhill birdie putt, Hong was three-up.
The birdie on the 16th gave her the exclamation mark.