Warda makes heads turn with runner-up finish in S. Carolina

PETALING JAYA: Warda Amira Abdul Rawof (pic) made a superb start to the United States collegiate golf scene when she secured a runner-up finish at the Kiawah Island Classic in South Carolina.

Playing in the largest women’s collegiate tournament of the season, the 20-year-old continued her stellar senior campaign as she finished at one-under 215.

The Malaysian amateur carded a final round one-under 71. Warda, playing for East Tennessee State University (ETSU), carded 70 and 74 in the first-two rounds.

Warda was one of only three golfers to finish with a below-par score for the tournament.

Also tied in second place was Rayesha Surendran of Murray State while Dallas Baptist’s Faith DeLaGarza held off Warda’s late charge to win with a score of three-under 213.

DeLaGarza posted her second straight round of one-over 73 to win by two shots.

In the final round, Warda posted three birdies, 13 pars and two bogeys. She led the field with 11 birdies over 54 holes and her scores helped ETSU’s women’s team to finish third overall.

Warda secured a breakthrough in the US collegiate golf scene when she emerged joint-winner at the Terrier Intercollegiate Championship last October.

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