No ticket to big stage but Ashley can still be lauded


PETALING JAYA: National golfer Ashley Lau can take heart although she failed to qualify for the British Open and Evian Championship.

Ashley carded a two-under 70 on the final day to finish sixth with a total score of 12-under 278 in the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific (WAAP) Championship in in Abu Dhabi to stay among the top 10.

Her sixth spot was still her best achievement in the WAAP, having finished 12th in the last edition two years ago.

Ashley was happy with her performance despite missing the ticket to play in the two majors.

“I didn’t expect anything coming into this tournament and really just wanted to have fun and enjoy my time here in Abu Dhabi. I have not seen some of my teammates in a few years, so it was fun catching up,” she said.

“After this, I’ll be playing at the Patriot All American in Arizona from Dec 29-31. Then the next collegiate event is in February, so there is a nice little break in between.”

Natasha Andrea Oon finished one spot outside of the top 10 when she ended the competition with a card of seven-under 281.

Leading fourth round scores 272: Mizuki Hashimoto (Jap) 68-68-68-68 273: Ken Bunnabodee (Tha) 75-64-68-66, Kelsey Bennett (Aus) 69-67-69-68, Natthakritta Vongtaveelap (Tha) 66-68-67-72 275: Nanako Inagaki (Jap) 70-70-67-68 276: Ashley Lau (Mas) 69-69-68-70 277: Hwang Youmin (Kor) 69-69-71-68, Kim Minsun (Kor) 72-67-69-69 Selected: 281: Natasha Andrea Oon 69-70-70-72, 285: Liyana Durisic 73-71-72-69. 287: Audrey Tan 69-77-73-68, Winnie Ng 294: 72-73-73-76

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