PERTH, Australia — Dabawenya golf phenom Ella Nagayo continued to impress in the land Down Under.
On Wednesday, the 13-yar old Melbourne-based golf scholar won the gross title in the Victoria Golf Club Junior Open after firing a four-over-par 73.
The victory lowered her handicap to 5.
A day earlier, the in-form Nagayo, who shed off some pounds by working out consistently at the gym, placed second in the net category and fourth in the gross in the 2017 Golf Peninsula Victoria Junior Masters.
She scored four-over 73 in the first round played at The Dunes Golf Club but did not do so well in the second round at the Rosebud Golf Club, ballooning to a 12 over.
The stellar performances catapulted Nagayo to 11th place in the overall Girls Junior rankings for players aged 18 and below in all of Victoria.
In another development, the sweet-swinging daughter of former city councilor Rachel Zozobrado-Nagayo and Melbourne-based businessman-nurse Danny Nagayo, was selected as one of the 15 junior golf scholars of Metropolitan Golf Club, one of the premier sandbelt golf courses in Melbourne.
“Out of many who applied for the scholarship, we are so happy she was given a slot. Her RSA coach is very happy kaya siya ang nag recommend kay Ella. Her coaches are telling us that they are very happy with how Ella has grown as a golfer,” Zozobrado-Nagayo said.