NEW MINAS - Korea’s Hye-Jin Choi, 16, captured the Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship on July 29 in New Minas.
“Thank you to my parents, thank you to Canada,” said Choi at the closing, which was held at the Ken-Wo Golf Club.
She finished with a final round 66 to finish the tournament at nine-under par and a four-shot victory. Choi was the only player in the field to record four rounds in the 60’s.
With her win, she receives an exemption into the U.S. Women’s Amateur and two LPGA events: the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in Calgary and the Manulife LPGA Classic in Cambridge, Ont.
A trio of young golfers, Andrea Lee of California, Hannah Green of Australia and Hawaii’s Allisen Corpuz tied for second place, four shots behind Choi.
Naomi Ko of Victoria finished as the top Canadian in a tie for seventh. Allison Chisholm of Golf Canada told her, “you represented your province and country with such pride. I hope you continue to learn and grow in the game.
Meghan McLean of Port Williams finished in 59th. She will take part in Nova Scotia’s second national championship soon when the Canadian Junior Girls Championship visits the Links at Penn Hills in Shubenacadie.
Meghan and her sister, Heather, both confessed to being tired when the tournament was over.
“I’m proud of myself,” Meghan noted, however, “My goal was to make the cut.”
Heather said she viewed the event as a really good learning experience, especially when she got to follow the lead group.
Meghan added that the 160 volunteers at Ken-Wo “were awesome. I was so proud of my home course.”
Eleven teams of volunteers contributed to the success of the championship. They were lead by Harvey Nickerson, Rene MacKay, Margaret MacLean and Vern Snare.
Volunteers did every thing from caddying, to going out at night to ensure a smooth course to placing water and snacks where players could find them.
Did you know?
The 103rd annual Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship was the fifth national event hosted by Ken-Wo in New Minas.
Established in 1921, it is not surprising that the 95- year-old club has hosted prestigious events such as:
The 2002 Canadian Women's Amateur Championship, the 2001 Canadian Junior Boys Championship, the 1996 Canadian Club Champions Championship and the 1985 Canadian Junior Girls Championship.