LPGA ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. J.Y. Wins, Wire to Wire.

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J.Y. Jin Young Ko, South Korea, wins the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open with a wire to wire performance at  Kooyonga Golf Club in Australia.

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Jin Young Ko

J.Y. carded -3 under par 69 to win the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open with a wire to wire victory, and a -14 under par tournament total, giving her a three shot winning margin. She also  became just the second person to ever win on the LPGA Tour in her debut as a member, and the first since 1951. 

Hyejin Choi, South Korea, was second at -11 under par with a last round -5 under 67.

The best of the home players was Hannah Green from Australia finishing in third place at -10  under par, she had a final round of -3 under 69.

Low round of the day went to Katherine Kirk, Australia, -7 under par 65, for fourth place on her own at -9 under par, she had a  hot putter that  lifted her;

“I didn’t make anything the first three days, so I guess maybe I was due to make some today.” 

“The girls were playing well at the top, so I don’t expect to have a chance, but just happy I finished well today.”

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ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open 2018. J.Y. Flying High.

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J.Y. Jin Young Ko, from South Korea is flying high at the top of the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open for the third straight day at Kooyonga Golf Club in Australia.

 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.

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J.Y. carded a third round -1 under par 71 to stay on top of the  ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open leaderboard with a tournament total of -11 under par.

Hannah Green, Australia, is in second place, four shots back at -7 under par, she scored the low round of the day, -6 under 66, which kept herself and the locals happy;

“It was a good round today, I was very pleased with my ball striking today.”

“I missed a few greens and the other two I was putting off the edge, so the ball striking was there.”

“It wasn’t there yesterday, and I did some work in the afternoon, so I’m glad it was more tight.”

Hyejin Choi, -2 under 70 and Sung Young Yoo, even par 72 today, both share third spot at -6 under par, and both ladies are from South Korea.

Best placed Ladies European Tour player is Karine Icher, France, -2 under 70 today, she is tied in a group at -4 under, which includes the top USA lady Mo Martin, who carded an even par 72 in her third round.

Jenny Haglund, Sweden, drove away with a brand-new Hyundai Genesis G80 after a hole-in-one at the par three 14th hole;

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Jenny Haglund and her Hyundai Genesis G80 / getty

“I just aimed right at the pin and it was just how I wanted to hit it.”

“I started a little bit right and then drawing a bit left against the wind which held it up a little and then it landed and rolled.”

“Then the crowd was just cheering and standing up. It was a great experience. I couldn’t see it, but I knew when the crowd went crazy.”

There is not much doubt who will win this tournament, but it will be interesting how the rest of the leaderboard pans out tomorrow.

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Australian Amateur Championships,

The 2013 Australian Amateur Championships,  presented by Audi are underway in fine and sunny conditions in Melbourne at the Commonwealth and Woodlands Golf Clubs. All players will play 36 holes Stroke Play qualifying across both courses on Tuesday and Wednesday before moving to Commonwealth for knock out Match Play from Thursday to Sunday.

On the Womens side, Australian  Minjee Lee leads after an opening round -5 under par 68  at the Woodlands Golf Club. Minjee is  a former runner-up at the Championships, and she leads qualifying by one stroke from New Zealander and World Number 1 amateur Lydia Ko and another Aussie,  Tatiana Wijaya who both shot -4 under par rounds of 69.

Victorian Grace Lennon and Kiwi Munchin Keh are tied fourth at 3-under par, with Western Australia’s Hannah Green, China’s Jing Yan and Japan’s Asuka Kashiwabara tied in sixth place after -2 under rounds of par 71.

The second round of qualifying is be contested on Wednesday.