Sydney’s Celina Yuan survived final-round jitters, then a nail-biting playoff, to win the Australian Girls’ Amateur title in Adelaide beating Scotland's Karis Davidson with a birdie on the third extra hole.
Yuan, 16, and Davidson, also 16, had tied on 293 at the end of the regulation four rounds of stroke-play in which Yuan had rounds of 77 70 68 78 and Davidson 75 69 75 74 at Tea Tree Gully Golf Club, New South Wales.
Agonisingly for Davidson it was the second consecutive year she’s finished runner-up in the event, falling to Victorian Kono Matsumoto by just one stroke last year.
Yuan began the final-day 36-hole marathon with a bogey, but then ploughed through the field with six birdies en route to the week’s best score of 68 to establish a four-shot buffer over Davidson by lunch. But The Australian and Bankstown member frittered away her lead at regular intervals in her afternoon round of 78, a double-bogey on the sixth the biggest blemish.
Eventually, when Yuan bogeyed the 17th after Davidson birdied the 15th, the pair was level. Davidson had to scramble an up-and-down on the last to force a playoff – and she duly responded.
In fact, she did twice more during extra time – including an incredible save on the second hole – but when her 4m birdie try on the third go around slid by, Yuan pounced. The Sydneysider had knocked her approach in tight and her birdie trickled in from inside 1m as light faded.
CREDIT CAL CARSON GOLF AGENCY