NEWS FROM the course
Kiwi Hanee Song claimed the first ALPG title of her career after shooting a superb 2 under par 71 today at Remuera Golf Club in Auckland to take out the NZPWG Pro-am in memory of Anita Boon. The 22-year-old from Auckland had started the day four shots off the overnight lead held by Aussies Katelyn Must and Sheridan Gorton and fellow Kiwis Tania Tare and Cathryn Bristow, after an opening 5 over par round of 78 in yesterday's brutal conditions.
Song teed off from the 5th hole in this afternoon's shotgun start format and was quickly into her stride after making a 25-metre putt for eagle at the par 5 7th hole to get her back to +3 for the tournament. Another birdie at the par 3 11th hole where Song chipped in after missing the green was quickly offset by a bogey at the par 4 12th hole, and followed by another bogey at the 15th hole.
The Kiwi managed to tough it out making a series of solid pars to finish her round after making a birdie at the par 5 1st hole, and her 2 under par round was good enough for a 36-hole total of 149 and a 3-shot victory over compatriots Liv Cheng and Cathryn Bristow and Australians Breanna Gill and Katelyn Must. Song, who has twice finished second on the ALPG Tour, at this event at North Shore Golf Club in 2017 and at the Brisbane Invitational in March this year after losing in a playoff, was clearly delighted to finally get her first win in her third season on the ALPG Tour, " I have been up there on the leaderboards before in the final round and haven't managed to get the win so this feels amazing especially at home here in Auckland. This will give me a lot of confidence heading into the 2019 ALPG Tour to know that I can win".
The win was made even more special for the Kiwi as her father has also been her caddy the past two days.
Song has spent much of 2018 competing on the China LPGA Tour, and admitted it has taken her some time to settle in, "It has taken some time for me to adjust as I had not been to China before this year".
Two of the star attractions this week also had solid finishes, overnight leader and trick-shot expert Tania Tare finished in a tie for 6th place, while 3-times world long drive champion Phillis Meti finished in a tie for 8th place.
JANDAL vs THONG - RESULTS
It's the Year of the Thong again!
Well done Team Australia.