Date: July 28, 2018
Author: Mark Hayes

Late troubles end Aussie hopes in Canada

A dominant American force put paid to Australia’s chances of glory at the Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship in Vancouver today.

Sydneysider Doey Choi continued her good form to be leading Aussie at three over in total at the pristine Marine Drive Golf Club, but it was only good for T17 and 14 shots off the pace.

That winning score was recorded by Californian Yealimi Noh who remarkably closed with 14 straight pars to edge her compatriot Dylan Kim who took a bogey up the last to lose by a shot.

They were the first two of 10 Americans atop the leaderboard, showing the hosts will again likely be a force at the upcoming US Women’s Amateur.

Choi, a quarter-finalist at last week’s US Girls’ Amateur, found a few birdies to hint at a final-round move early, but couldn’t eliminate the odd bogey as her round of 73 failed to build momentum.

The hard-luck story belonged to Melbourne’s Gabi Ruffels who’d been in contention for much of the week and was still pushing for a top-10 finish when she birdie the 14th in her closing round.

But a bogey on the next was compounded by a triple on the 16th and Ruffels ultimately dropped seven shots in her closing four holes to finish with a 79 and seven over in total.

Two strokes further back was Brisbane’s Dee Dee Russell, who also did her week a disservice with three late bogeys en route to a closing 74.

Conversely, Sydney’s Amy Chu leaked shots early and closed with an 80 to finish 16 over.