The 20 year old Yu’s outward nine of 31 in today’s final round swept him into calculations for the title and while the momentum slowed a little over his closing nine holes he set the mark for third round leader Keita Nakajima of Japan to match.
Despite Yu’s heroics Nakajima appeared to have the title in his grasp until two late bogeys including one at the 72nd hole, where he three putted, forcing the playoff in which Yu was able to take the title with a stunning birdie from 2 feet at the 2nd extra hole.
Yu’s victory adds to his enviable record in amateur golf during his time at Arizona State University where he is in his third year having won several significant titles there and having made the field for the US Open last year.
Nakajima has had a superb twelve months having won the Australian Amateur Championship last January, won the Gold Medal at the Asian Games, finished runner-up at the Asia Pacific Amateur Championship and then recording an impressive 5th at the Australian Open Championship.
NSW’s Blake Windred finished 3rd and the leading Australian when he finished one shot behind Yu.
Yu will return to the University of Arizona to continue his collegiate career while Nakajima will stay in Melbourne for the upcoming Australian Amateur Championship being played at the Woodlands and Spring Valley Golf Clubs beginning on January 15th. Nakajima is the defending Australian Amateur Champion.
18 year old Kyriacou from the St Michael’s Golf Club in Sydney continued her elevation in the Australian ranks of Australia’s female amateurs recording a three shot win over Victoria’s Julienne Soo with third round leader Grace Kim of Sydney finishing 3rd and Queensland’s Becky Kay 4th.
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