Japanese Juniors Shine at Fanling

Yuki Ikeda and Yuka Yasuda en route to victory at the Hong Kong Golf Club.

Hong Kong: Yuki Ikeda and Yuka Yasuda produced outstanding final-day performances to lift Japan to victory in the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation Junior Championship Mitsubishi Corporation Cup 2017.
Ikeda and Yasuda, representing Japan Team 2, both carded closing individual rounds of 66 at the Hong Kong Golf Club, a Golf Course Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
That gave them an overall team total of 263, 17-under-par, at the venerable Fanling venue – and a seven-stroke triumph from overnight leaders Australia Team 1, represented by defending individual champion Jed Morgan and Grace Kim.
In joint third place on four-under-par 276 were Kwon Seo-yun and Oh Seung-hyun (Korea Team 1) and Keita Nakajima and Yuri Yoshida (Japan Team 1).
Yasuda, aged 16, said: “We are thrilled to have won the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation Junior Championship Mitsubishi Corporation Cup. We partnered really well this week, and tried very hard to make sure we didn’t make too many silly mistakes. We managed to do it and are very excited.”
Ikeda, her 17-year-old partner, added: “The weather was a bit unpredictable this week, but Japan is not much different this time of year so we were not too put off by the conditions.”
Hong Kong Team 1, represented by Taichi Kho and Chloe Chan Cheuk-yee, was the best placed local team. With each scoring a two-over-par 72 in the individual round, the duo finished in eighth place overall on one-under 279.
There was cause for celebration for Macau’s Si Ngai and Korean Jeong Yun-ji.
Both distinguished themselves with rounds of five-under 65 to top the individual standings.
As the leading male, 15-year-old Si received a starting spot in the Asia-Pacific Open Golf Diamond Cup 2017 in Japan next month.
Meanwhile, Jeong, the leading female, has earned a place in next year’s Korea Women’s Open.
The field for the 2017 APGC Junior Championship Mitsubishi Corporate Cup was made up of 76 juniors in 38 teams representing 20 countries and territories across 40 members of APGC.
The Australian duo of Jed Morgan and Grace Kim.

It follows the Youth Olympic Games format, pairing a junior male and female player in each team.
Following fourball and foursome rounds on the first two days of the competition, the event concluded with an individual stroke play round.
Unlike days one and two, day three generated two scores, one each for the male and female member of each team.
Players who were 17 years or under as of August 30 were eligible to compete with each APGC member able to enter a maximum of two teams. The host nation is allowed to put forward an additional pair.

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