Beijing, CHINA — Ma Andrea Victoria Unson of the Philippines put up a steady performance under a windy condition to win the women’s title of the 2011 Fangshan Changyang China Amateur Golf Championship yesterday at the Beijing California County Golf Club.
China’s Wang Ziyi showed she was the title contender after hitting four birdies in the front nine but succumbed to the 16 Filipino hitting a double on Hole 14, and finished second with one stroke back for an even-par, three round total of 216 shots.
It was a sweet revenge for Andrea after she lost to Wang in the HSBC junior tournament in January.
“Wang is the player I very wanted to beat and now we are even,” said Andrea, whose title at the inaugural China Amateur Golf Championship is her first in Asia’s regional competition. It was her eighth tournament title of the year, but her previous victories came from either playing in the United States or in the Philippines.
“I’m very, very happy with my victory today,” she said, adding she will have a family get-together after going back home with a nice dinner.
“My hands were shaking when I was putting on the Hole 18 and were still shaking when signing the score card,” said an ever-smiling Andrea, adding the greens were rather treacherous. She had 31 putts on Sunday, compared to 27 on the first day on Friday.
She described herself as a steady player, ranked within in top five in the her country, never going very high and never very low. Andrea will represent the Philippines in the Southeast Asian Games next month in Jakarta.
China’s Ji Rong finished third for a five-over 221 strokes.
China’s national team member Li Yuan won the men’s play for a six-over total of 222 shots after an even-par 72 performance yesterday.
Li also blamed the windy condition the past two days and the treacherous greens as the reason for a not-so-good performance. “But I had wanted to win this title when I cam to participate,” said 25-year-old Li, the winner of the Shanghai stop of the China Amateur Golf Futures Tour in 2010.
Second and one stroke back was Japan’s Shuhei Ozaki who was 2 over on Sunday and third was Wang Xicheng three strokes further back.
Wind played havoc on overnight leader and local teen hopeful Guan Tianlang, who had a 40 on the front nine and 41 on the back for nine-over 81 on Sunday, eventually finishing sixth for a total of 229.
Fangshan Changyang 2011 China Amateur Golf Championship was being promoted as China’s highest level and most open international amateur golf competition. It attracted 85 amateur golfers from home and abroad.*PNA