PETALING JAYA: Young Malaysian golfers continued to cook up a storm on American soil with Audrey Tan the latest to shine in the collegiate scene.
Audrey claimed her first national collegiate title when she won the individual title at the Conference USA Championship at Lantana, Texas.
She is the fourth Malaysian golfer to triumph on the US collegiate scene so far this year.
The 18-year-old entered the 16th hole one back of the individual leader and birdied the 16th and 17th before a par on the 18th to claim a one-shot victory over Jane Melichova on Wednesday.
Audrey recorded 66-74-67 to finish with a total aggregate of nine-under 207.
It is also a new 54-hole record for the University of North Texas junior in the tournament.
Audrey’s performance also helped the University of North Texas women’s golf team to turn the tables on their opponents to lift the team title and earn a ticket to the NCAA regionals later this year.
The team started the final day four shots behind but triumphed in the end by a massive 12 shots.
Audrey, who earned All-Tournament honours along with senior Lauren Cox, said her mental game made the difference.
“It’s the mindset – a mental change. I struggled a lot in this tournament and struggled off the tees and even with my putting some.
“I didn’t bring my A-game but I think I brought my A-mindset, ” said Audrey as quoted in the University of North Texas website.
“I made a few lucky putts but stuck in there and pushed forward regardless of how my game was, that was what truly made the difference.
“To be able to do this is crazy. It honestly hasn’t sunk in yet, ”
Ashley Lau had finished as one of the three joint-winners at the Indiana Invitational a week ago.
Before Ashley, Allycia Gan (Missouri Western State University) and Nur Syazani Amalia Shahzan of (Oakland University) had also done Malaysia proud with their breakthrough wins.
Allycia claimed the UCM Southern Invitational title in February while Nur Syazani won the Nevel Meade Collegiate championship last month.
Alyaa Abdulghany (University of Southern California) and Warda Amira Abdul Rawof (East Tennessee State University) also excelled by emerging runners-up at the Gold Rush in February and Kiawah Island Classic in March respectively.