In sweltering conditions at Singapore’s Laguna National Golf Resort Club, Sneha Singh (75-72-74-69) was the best Indian in tied 14th while Avani Prashanth (75-73-78-74) was 24th . Third Indian, Janniya Dassani (80-82-78-73), tied for 33rd place.
Mizuki Hashimoto won the individual classification with rounds of 70-64-72-73 and then joined Miku Ueta and Ayaka Tezuka to secure their country’s first Asia Pacific Amateur Women’s Team Championship crown since 2002.
In the team classification, the Indians took ninth place.
The Japanese started the final day with a one-shot lead, posting a five-under 139 score in the final round thanks to 16-year-old Ueta (68) and Tezuka (71). That gave them a 72-hole aggregate of 20 -under-556 and a seven-shot win over New Zealand.
The Korean trio of Lee Ji-hyun, Kim Min-byeol and Bang Shin-sil, seeking their seventh straight win and 13th triumph in the event’s last 14 editions, launched a bold attack early on. Eventually they had to settle for third place with 566.
Hosts Singapore, led by Shannon Tan, finished fourth (567), followed by Chinese Taipei (570), Thailand (574), Australia and Malaysia (577), India (589), Hong Kong (600), Philippines (611). ), Indonesia (613) and Myanmar (677)
Although Hashimoto, the reigning Asia Pacific Women’s Amateur Champion, won individual glory, the testament to the strength of the Japanese team was their final one-over-73 victory in the event, which saw the top two of the day score three each scored, was left out -strong team will be counted.
None of the three winners were born when Japan last lifted the trophy at Malaysia’s A’Famosa Resort. The 2002 team consisted of Ai Miyazato, Kyoko Furuya and Ayako Uehara.
19-year-old Hashimoto has two more years of college before she considers turning pro.
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