Date: April 14, 2014

Kono Matsumoto takes out Australian Girls’ Amateur

Victorian junior Konomi Matsumoto held on to win the Australian Girls’ Amateur Championship in steady rain by one stroke at Yering Meadows Golf Club in Victoria’s Yarra Valley on Friday.

Matsumoto, a member of Victoria Golf Club, finished with rounds of 71-76-76-77 (+8) to defeat Queenslander and Australian Amateur runner up Karis Davidson by one.

The 14 year-old, who was born in Japan, was thrilled with the win.

"It’s great – I was really nervous in the morning (third) round and again this afternoon," Matsumoto said.

"I’ve been practising so hard for this – I was hoping for at least a top 3 finish and after my first round, it gave me a lot of confidence."

Matsumoto competed at this year’s ISPS HANDA Women’s Australian Open at Victoria Golf Club via an invitation and, through today’s win, gains an exemption into the 2015 championship.

"It means so much. I only found out yesterday that there was exemption. I learnt so much in February – mainly you have to keep playing your game. You can have one bad hole but you can’t give up," Matsumoto added.

Queensland’s Rebecca Kay finished in third place at 11-over par.

The Girls’ Interstate Teams’ Matches will be played from 13-15 April at the same venue with New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria contesting the event.

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By: Golf Australia