2019 Australian Master of the Amateurs champions Steph Kyriacou and Chun-An Yu
It was a whole Australian confrontation in the last group and Sydney's Steph Kyriacou gave the galleries something to cheer up, and won the 2019 Australian Master of the Amateurs with three shots.
The 18-year-old started the day two back of fellow New South Welshwoman and played partner Grace Kim, but signed for a brilliant 2-under 70 – capped with a birdie bomb at the last – to finish at 2-under for the tournament.
With birdies on the 2nd and 5th hole Kyriacou made light work of the nightly shortage, but back-to-back bogeys before setting up the turn an exciting final group shoot between the Blues and the third member of the group, Melbourne & # 39; s Julienne Soo.
But birdies on 10 and 12 helped Kyriacou to a two-shot buffer over Soo who came last, before she rolled a 20-foot before the Royal Melbourne clubhouse to seal the biggest victory of her life.
"I spoke with my caddy and he said I should stay calm, which really helped," Kyriacou said.
"Bogeys always hurt, but I always went to make battles around Royal Melbourne, and I just tried to make a pars from there.
"I was so nervous to get through the last hole, but I knew I was in charge with a few shots."
And there's no better confidence boost for Kyriacou than winning at Australia's most famous job, heading towards the Australian Amateur Championships next week in Spring Valley and Woodlands.
"It is unreal, I can not describe the feeling," Kyriacou said.
"I'm happy with the way I play, so I have to make my game plans and keep them to them."
During the last round 73, a consistent week ended, leaving the Oklahoma Sooner behind in second place at 5-over.
Young cannon Kim was third behind on the standings and shot back one shot further, while fellow-rising stars Becky Kay (7-over) and Maddison Hinson-Tolchard (8-over) made it to a whole Australian top five.
In the men's tournament it formed a new successful mission to Keita Nakajima's home away from home, after the Japanese sensation had found the back of the 72nd green with his second shot and a one-shot lead on the field in his pocket
But three putts and three play-off holes later, was Chun-An Yu from Chinese Taipei who lifted the trophy.
Nakajima successfully defended all challengers in the final after starting two off the field and five for the final champion.
But it was not enough for the reigning Australian Amateur Champion and last year's low amateur at the Australian Open.
Five birdies in his first eight holes pushed Yu in the rankings and in calculations.
After making birdie on the par-5 12th for the fourth back day, Yu hit the clubhouse on 6-under for the week, still two strokes of a regular Nakajima.
The Japanese prodigy had two putts to claim the title from the back of a slippery 18th green, but Yu did not manage to leave.
Nakajima faced a similar upward leg of eight feet to claim the cutlery on the first and second playoff holes, but missed both before Yu put the hammer down with a nice approach to a pair of feet.
With the leading duo finishing 6-under for the tournament, Blake Windred of Sydney took third place on the standings just one shot further back.
Three rounds of 70 and a third round 73 will see Windred in shape and as one of the local favorites next week.
Australian Andre Lautee from Melbourne and American Matthew Wolff completed the top five on a 3-turn lower than with 1-plus 73 on Friday.
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