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Kobukuro clinches Japan Amateur on 36th hole

Mike Stubbs of amateurgolf.com    view all articles from this source
published 07 Jul 2012

see also: Japan Amateur Golf Championship


Hideto Kobukuro
2012 Japan Amateur Champion

courtesy Japan Golf Association
NARA, Japan (July 7, 2012) -- Hideto Kobukuro really likes the 18th hole at Nara International Golf Club in Nara prefecture, Japan. He birdied the 580-yard par-5 18th at the close of the morning round to go 1-up on Kazuki Higa and then he birdied it again 18 holes later to claim the Japan Amateur Crown and what will likely be a ticket to the 2013 Masters.

The 21-year-old Kobukuro grew a lead to 2-up on the 12 hole of the match but the fiesty Higa managed to square the match with wins on the 13th and 15th holes.

Kabukuro managed to get the lead to 2-up in the afternoon round but Higa once again clawed his way back with wins on the 25th and 28th holes. Kabukuro then won the 203-yard par-3 31st hole to go one up and would halve holes all the way to house and an eventual birdie on 18 for a 2-up victory.

Japan Amateur Golf Championship: Top Finishers

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Golfweek/amateurgolf.com Player Rankings points events
Place    Player
Win Japan Hideto Kobukuro, Japan
Runner-up Japan Kazuki Higa, Japan
Semifinals Japan Kenta Konishi, Japan
Semifinals Japan Jinichiro Kozuma, Japan
Quarterfinals Japan Masamichi Ito, Japan
Quarterfinals Japan Mitsumasa Tamura, Japan
Quarterfinals Japan Masayoshi Tanaka, Japan
Quarterfinals Japan Toshiumi Kushioka, Japan
Medalist Japan Shinji Tomimura, Japan
Final 16 Japan Ryota Ito, Japan
Final 16 Japan Narutoshi Yamaoka, Japan
Final 16 Japan Daisuke Matsubara, Japan
Final 16 Japan Taihei Sato, Japan
Final 16 Japan Soo-Min Lee, Japan
Final 16 Japan Teruki Takeuchi, Japan
Final 16 Japan Hideki Matsuyama, Japan
Medalist Japan Kazuya Koura, Japan
Final 32 Japan Ryuichi Aoki, Japan
Final 32 Japan Yuta Tokuyama, Japan
Final 32 Japan Yutaka Toyoshima, Japan
Final 32 Japan Keita Tokunaga, Japan
Final 32 Japan Takaya Onoda, Japan
Final 32 Japan Masaya Takahashi, Japan
Final 32 Japan Tomoyuki Otsuka, Japan
Final 32 Japan Shingo Ito, Japan
Final 32 Japan Kazuya Koura, Japan
Final 32 Japan Souma Kitamura, Japan
Final 32 Japan Naoyuki Tamura, Japan
Final 32 Japan Soshun Chiba, Japan
Final 32 Japan Mikumu Horikawa, Japan
Final 32 Japan Eiji Arakawa, Japan
Final 32 Japan Yoshifumi Sugishita, Japan
Final 32 Japan Tsuyoshi Enomoto, Japan

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