Brianna Navarrosa (Justin Naro/ Golf Canada)
Brianna Navarrosa of San Diego, Calif., shot 4-under 68 to come back from a four-stroke deficit and capture the 106th Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship held at Red Deer Golf & Country Club on Friday.
Michelle Liu of Vancouver finished as the low Canadian in the event, becoming the youngest player ever to earn an exemption to the CP Women’s Open. Liu carded a final round of 2 over, finishing at 1 over on the tournament and in a tie for 12th.
Liu will be 12 years, nine months and six days old when the 2019 CP Women’s Open tees off on August 22 at Magna Golf club in Aurora, Ont.
“I’m very proud of myself, especially being able to play with so many well-known professional players,” said Liu. “I started off today not very well – at three over through four holes and I was like ‘oh, this may not happen.’ I managed to get back and get my scoring under control.”
Navarrosa won the championship with a tap-in par putt on the par-4 18th. Jennifer Chang of Cary, N.C., was one stroke behind Navarrosa. She narrowly missed a 15-foot birdie putt to force a playoff.
This is Navarrosa’s second tournament win of the season after claiming the Buick Shanshan Feng AJGA Girls Invitational in February. By claiming the Duchess of Connaught Gold Cup, the 17-year-old earns exemptions into the 2019 CP Women’s Open and the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur.
“Going into today I was really hoping just to get a top three and stay consistent throughout the whole day,” said Navarrosa. “Of course I wanted to win. I wasn’t nervous going into the back nine, I was hyped to sink some putts. This will be my first LPGA event. I just want to have a good experience. If things don’t work out well, it’s ok. Just being there is an honor.”
Chang finished at 9 under par after firing 2-under 70 on Friday.
The 54-hole leader, Andrea Lee of Hermosa Beach, Calif., shot 3 over on Friday and finished in third place.
Alyaa Abdulghany of Newport Beach, Calif., made a charge up the leaderboard to finish fourth. Abdulghany entered the final round at even par and her round of 7-under 65 was the lowest round of the tournament.
ABOUT THE Canadian Women's Amateur
72 hole stroke play championship with a cut to the
70 and ties after two rounds.
This competition is open to female amateur golfers
are members of a golf club belonging to Golf Canada
holds a Gold membership with
Golf Canada or clubs in other countries, which are in
good standing with their respective Associations.
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