CHOI TAKES NZ WOMEN'S AMATEUR IN A THRILLER

3/11/2019

Doey Choi is taking the New Zealand Women's Amateur back to Australia for the first time in 19 years.

 36-holes wasn’t enough to separate Choi and her opponent Caryn Khoo, as they were all tied up after regular play.

They needed two extra holes for a winner to be decided, and par was good enough for Choi to claim the one of the biggest wins of her career thus far.

“This feels really good.”

“This is probably one of my biggest victories. I’m really happy to get this one over the line,” says a smiling Choi.

Like Jones, she was down for most of the day with the biggest deficit being three with just nine holes to play.

She won the 28th, 29th, and 30th holes to square the match up. It came right to the wire with Choi binning a monster 30-foot putt for birdie to put enormous pressure on Khoo, who was sitting on her own eight-foot birdie putt.

Khoo calmly rolled in her putt on top of Choi to extend the match and keep her hopes of claiming the New Zealand Amateur alive.

The pair would make pars up the first playoff hole. Khoo then proceeded to find the greenside bunker with her approach whilst Choi found the putting surface to apply the pressure back on Khoo.

Two putts were enough for Choi to win as Khoo made bogey.

“This one is big for my family and friends back home. I could feel the crowd cheering on Caryn as she was the last Kiwi girl standing. I just tried to block it out and play my own game.

“I was up early but Caryn won a few holes after that and I was down for the rest of the day. I fought back really hard on the last to claw my way back into the match which I was able to.

“I haven’t been hitting it that well the whole week, but I scrambled really well so I’m over the moon with the result,” says Choi.


 

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