PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s Audrey Tan continued to shine in the United States golf collegiate scene after winning the inaugural Let Them Play Classic in Arizona on Friday.
Audrey managed to finish all three rounds below par to pick up her second individual title in as many tournaments.
The University of North Texas junior closed with a four-under 68 to top the field with a total of nine-under 207 at the Whirlwind Golf Club.
Ariana Saenz, representing University of Houston, settled for second two strokes behind after a closing one-over 73.
Audrey started with a three-under 69 and maintained the momentum with a two-under 70.
“It was very unexpected and almost too good to be true. For it to actually happen is just incredible, ” said Audrey, as quoted in the University of North Texas website.
“There have been a lot of uncertainties but I couldn’t be more grateful for this opportunity.
“I’m so thankful that we are able to have a different ending to our incredible season.”
The 18-year-old won the individual championship at the C onference USA Championship last month while leading her team to the conference championship.
She repeated the feat this year by leading the University of North Texas team to a seven-shot victory over Purdue University in the team championship.
Audrey also tied the record she set at the Conference USA Championship for the best 54-hole score of 207.
Seven of the top 50 national collegiate teams were playing in the tournament, which came about as a response to a controversial cancellation of the women’s golf regional tournament in Baton Rouge following inclement weather.
The decision by NCAA officials saw the six seeded teams advancing to the national championship while 12 other teams went home without even playing one hole of golf.
Audrey is the fourth Malaysian student to triumph on the US collegiate scene this year.
Ashley Lau had finished as one of the three joint-winners at the Indiana Invitational last month.
Before Ashley, Allycia Gan (Missouri Western State University) and Nur Syazani Amalia Shahzan of (Oakland University) also did Malaysia proud with their breakthrough wins.
Allycia claimed the UCM Southern Invitational title in February while Nur Syazani won the Nevel Meade Collegiate championship in March.