Concord’s Yealimi Noh wins Girls Junior PGA Championship in historic fashion

Concord’s Yealimi Noh not only won the 43rd Girls Junior PGA Championship in Lexington, Kentucky on Thursday, but did so in record-setting fashion.

Noh, 16, shot a final-round 3-under 69 at Kearney Hill Golf Links to finish the championship with a four-round total of 24-under 264, setting the record for the tournament’s lowest 72-hole score.

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Noh, the runner-up in this event last year, opened the tournament with rounds of 66, 65 and 64. She finished four strokes ahead of 2017 champion Rose Zhang, whose score of 268 matched her total from last year.

“Last year I was close, but not quite there,” Noh said. “Coming into the week, I really wanted to win. I set my goals pretty high, so I’m really happy I was able to achieve them and that all the hard work over the past few weeks and months paid off.”

Redwood Shores native Lucy Li, 15, shot a 71 on Thursday to finish tied for sixth at 13-under.

Danville’s Ty Akabane shot a 69 on Thursday to finish the tournament at 12-under, good enough for a tie for ninth place. Other local players to make the cut included San Jose’s Sabrina Iqbal, who tied for 20th at 4-under and San Ramon’s Jacqueline Ha, who finished at 3-over and finished tied for 48th.

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In four rounds, Noh had 25 birdies and one bogey, which came on her 66th hole, the par-three 12th.

“Before I went to sleep last night, I realized I went 54 holes without a bogey, which I’ve never done,” said Noh, who, starting Monday, will be competing in the U.S. Girls Junior Amateur at Poppy Hills …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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