The 20-year-old South Korean closes with a steady 71 to claim the US$18,000 first prize
SCMP [7 June, 2015]:
South Korea’s Lee Jeong-hwa held her nerve in the searing heat at Fanling to capture the inaugural Hong Kong Ladies Open with a gutsy final-round performance.
The 20-year-old from Busan, who held a share of the overnight lead alongside Taiwan’s Chen Yu-ju, closed with a 71 for a three-under-par total, one shot ahead of playing partner Chen and the fast-finishing Kanphantitnan Muangkhumsakul, of Thailand, for her maiden professional title.
“I am so excited, it’s an amazing feeling to win for the first time,” said Lee, who left the Hong Kong Golf Club with a cheque for US$18,000.
“Before this week I was only looking for a top 10, but I managed to win the tournament. It’s a wonderful surprise.”
Lee built a three-shot lead through 15 holes after playing near flawless golf over the historic Old Course.