Hye-Jin Choi Wins Canadian Women’s Amateur

Hye-Jin Choi (Mike Schroeder/Golf Canada)
Hye-Jin Choi (Mike Schroeder/Golf Canada)
Hye-Jin Choi (Mike Schroeder/Golf Canada)

She started her success in Canada last September when she won the World Junior Girls’ Championship at The Marshes Golf Club in Ottawa. Now Hye-Jin Choi of Korea is also the Canadian Women’s Amateur Champion.

The 16 year-old Paju-si, Korea native closed with a final round 66 to earn a four-stroke victory at the Championship being held at the Ken-Wo Golf Club in New Minas, Nova Scotia.

The bogey-free last round charge made up a single stroke deficit and left her with a tournament total of 9-under-par, 271.

Currently the 14th ranked Women’s Amateur in the world, Choi earned the low amateur medal at this year’s U.S. Women’s Open and has a string of top finishes this season playing in other professional events as amateur.

“I was happy with the beginning of my round, so I think that kind of led to me having a good finish today,” said Choi. “My putts weren’t great after the last three days. I held my grip higher up on my putter today which led to me making some pretty good putts.”

In addition to her 2016 Canadian Women’s Amateur title, Choi has earned exemptions into the 2016 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship and two LPGA events: the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open at Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club in Calgary from August 22-28, and the Manulife LPGA Classic at Whistle Bear Golf Club in Cambridge, Ont., from September 1-4.

Choi is feeling confident in her game and looks forward to the challenges ahead against the world’s best. “I’m just going to play golf. I’m not going to worry about others and just play the way I can.”

Hannah Green (Perth, Australia) and Allisen Corpuz (Honolulu, Hawaii) stayed even on the day to claim their shares of second, while Andrea Lee of Hermosa Beach, Calif., matched Choi’s 4-under showing to join the pair at 5-under. Third round leader Maria Fassi (Pachuca, Mexico) carded a 72 to claim fifth at 4-under.

Team Canada National Amateur Squad member Naomi Ko notched four birdies in her final round en route to a 1-under 279 tournament total and a T7 result. As the low Canadian in the field, the 18-year-old from Victoria has earned an exemption into the 2016 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open.

Ottawa’s Grace St-Germain finished in a share of 20th place.

Leaderboard

Pos Player Today Thru Total R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 Korea, Republic Of Hye-jin Choi  Korea -4 F -9 69 68 68 66 271
T2 United States Andrea Lee  Hermosa Beach, CA -4 F -5 69 69 71 66 275
T2 Australia Hannah Green  Australia E F -5 69 68 68 70 275
T2 United States Allisen Corpuz  Honolulu, HI E F -5 68 65 72 70 275
5 Mexico Maria Fassi  Mexico +2 F -4 71 68 65 72 276
6 United States Lilia Kha-Tu Vu  Fountain Valley, CA -2 F -3 70 68 71 68 277
T7 United States Stephanie Lau  Fullerton, CA +2 F -1 69 71 67 72 279
T7 Canada Naomi Ko  Victoria, BC E F -1 69 70 70 70 279
T9 United States Malia Nam  Kailua, HI -1 F E 69 71 71 69 280
T9 Canada Josée Doyon  St-Georges, QC E F E 70 66 74 70 280
T11 United States Elizabeth Wang  San Marino, CA E F +3 70 71 72 70 283
T11 Canada Monet Chun  Richmond Hill, ON +2 F +3 72 69 70 72 283
13 United States Aneka Seumanutafa  Frederick, MD +2 F +4 70 72 70 72 284
T14 Canada Maddie Szeryk  London, ON E F +5 69 72 74 70 285
T14 United States Kacie Komoto  Honolulu, HI +1 F +5 70 72 72 71 285
T16 Australia Gennai Goodwin  Australia -1 F +6 78 69 70 69 286
T16 Australia Elizabeth Elmassian  Australia -1 F +6 72 73 72 69 286
T18 Canada Céleste Dao  Notre-Dame-de-L’Île-Perrot, QC -2 F +8 72 74 74 68 288
T18 Canada Jisoo Keel  Coquitlam, BC +4 F +8 72 74 68 74 288
T20 United States Molly Skapik  Miamisburg, OH +1 F +9 77 72 69 71 289
T20 Canada Grace St-Germain  Orleans, ON +2 F +9 74 69 74 72 289
T20 Australia Yu Eun Eunice Kim  Australia +4 F +9 70 75 70 74 289
T20 Australia Hira Naveed  Australia +4 F +9 72 72 71 74 289
T20 United States Robynn Ree  Redondo Beach, CA +4 F +9 73 71 71 74 289
T20 Canada Selena Costabile  Thornhill, ON +5 F +9 69 74 71 75 289
26 Argentina Manuela Carbajo Re  Argentina +8 F +10 70 70 72 78 290
T27 Canada Jaclyn Lee  Calgary, AB +1 F +11 73 73 74 71 291
T27 Canada Sarah-Eve Rheaume  Québec, QC +1 F * +11 75 72 73 71 291
T27 United States Kelsey Murphy  Plymouth, MI +5 F +11 78 73 65 75 291
T30 Hong Kong Isabella Leung  Hong Kong +2 F +12 75 72 73 72 292
T30 United States Sarah Burnham  Maple Grove, MN +1 F * +12 73 71 77 71 292
T30 United States Kristen Gillman  Austin, TX +5 F +12 69 73 75 75 292
T30 United States Jessica Porvasnik  Hinckley, OH +4 F +12 70 78 70 74 292
T30 Mexico Evelyn Arguelles  Mexico +5 F +12 76 67 74 75 292
T35 Canada Hannah Lee  Surrey, BC +2 F * +13 73 71 77 72 293
T35 Colombia Silvia Garces  Colombia +1 F * +13 73 73 76 71 293
T35 Canada Sophie Liu  Surrey, BC +1 F * +13 72 72 78 71 293
T38 Canada Chloe Currie  Mississauga, ON +4 F +14 75 72 73 74 294
T38 Canada Katherine Gravel-Coursol  Mirabel, QC +5 F +14 71 78 70 75 294
T38 United States Maya Walton  Austin, TX +2 F * +14 72 71 79 72 294
T38 United States Kelly Grassel  Chesterton, IN +2 F * +14 77 74 71 72 294
T42 United States Hannah Wood  Highlands Ranch, CO E F * +15 74 77 74 70 295
T42 Canada Camryn Roadley  Winnipeg, MB +12 F +15 72 71 70 82 295
T44 Colombia Maria Vesga  Colombia +5 F * +16 79 69 73 75 296
T44 Canada Kelsey Sear  Unionville, ON +5 F * +16 69 74 78 75 296
T46 United States Joo Youn Seo  Laguna Niguel, CA +7 F * +17 74 74 72 77 297
T46 United States Natalie Srinivasan  Spartanburg, SC +4 F * +17 74 70 79 74 297
T48 Canada Michelle Kim  Surrey, BC +9 F +18 72 72 75 79 298
T48 United States Courtney Dow  Frisco, TX +4 F * +18 77 74 73 74 298
T48 United States Madison Glennie  Clearwater, FL +3 F * +18 76 74 75 73 298
T48 Hong Kong Vivian Lee  Hong Kong +2 F * +18 73 74 79 72 298
T52 United States Cindy Ha  Demarest, NJ +8 F * +19 72 74 75 78 299
T52 Australia Karis Davidson  Australia +5 F * +19 75 74 75 75 299
T54 United States Kimberly Mitchell  Woodbridge, VA +6 F * +21 73 75 77 76 301
T54 United States Meghan Stasi  Oakland Park, FL +5 F * +21 75 75 76 75 301
T56 Canada Valérie Tanguay  St-Hyacinthe, QC +8 F * +22 73 75 76 78 302
T56 Canada Jessica Ip  Richmond Hill, ON +5 F * +22 77 76 74 75 302
58 Canada Caroline Ciot  Brossard, QC +4 F * +23 81 69 79 74 303
T59 Canada Rachel Pollock  Guelph, ON +8 F * +24 78 73 75 78 304
T59 Canada Meghan McLean  Port Williams, NS +8 F * +24 76 75 75 78 304
T59 United States Shawn Rennegarbe  Addieville, IL +5 F * +24 74 76 79 75 304
T62 Canada Samantha Spencer  Georgetown, ON +6 F * +25 76 76 77 76 305
T62 Canada Noemie Paré  Victoriaville, QC +3 F * +25 74 79 79 73 305
T64 Canada Michelle Ruiz  Mississauga, ON +11 F * +26 70 81 74 81 306
T64 Canada Karyn Lee Ping  Brampton, ON +9 F * +26 80 73 74 79 306
T64 United States Nikolette Schroeder  Avon Lake, OH +6 F * +26 74 78 78 76 306
T64 Canada Anne Balser  Halifax, NS +6 F * +26 76 77 77 76 306
68 Canada Krysta Schaus  Fredericton, NB +6 F * +27 73 80 78 76 307
69 United States Chloe Velasco  Victoria, TX +5 F * +28 79 75 79 75 308
70 United States Emily Gillman  Austin, TX +5 F * +29 79 74 81 75 309