Kobukuro clinches Japan Amateur on 36th hole
07 Jul 2012
by Mike Stubbs of AmateurGolf.com

see also: Japan Amateur Golf Championship, Hiroshima Country Club

courtesy Japan Golf Association
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.

Results For Japan Amateur Golf Championship
WinJapanHideto KobukuroJapan700
Runner-upJapanKazuki HigaJapan500
SemifinalsJapanKenta KonishiJapan400
SemifinalsJapanJinichiro KozumaJapan400
QuarterfinalsJapanMasamichi ItoJapan300

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