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    Daniella Uy rallies to win girls 15-17 age group title in Junior World golf championships

    Jul 19, 2014

    DANIELLA Uy of the Philippines sank a 10-footer for birdie on No. 18 in a playoff against Ziyi Wang of China to win the girls 15-17 years old age group title the Callaway Junior World golf championships on Friday at the Torrey Pines North course in San Diego, California (Saturda, Manila time).

    The two players finished at 280, with Uy firing a final-round 68 and Wang carding a 67.

    The 5-foot-6 Uy, set to join the Gonzaga State University in Washington this September, was four strokes behind with six holes to play but went on a rally to close in and forced the playoff with a five-foot birdie on the 72nd hole.

    "This is just so awesome," said Uy, who pulled off the victory barely a year after placing second to a Fil-American in the same division also at Torrey Pines last year.

    Princess Superal, meanwhile, carded a second straight 70 to salvage a tie for 10th place with a 285 aggregate.

    Miya Legaspi was in joint 15th after a closing 74 for 289, while Pauline del Rosario shot a five-under 67 capped by a last-hole eagle to finish tied for 19th.

    Uy's victory came 18 years after homegrown player Jennifer Rosales last won and 16 years since Fil-American Dorothy Delasin raised the trophy. 

    Uy started her rally with birdie from 16 feet on the 12th hole and then on the 14th, she rammed home another 32-footer for birdie that got her so fired up that she buried another from 16 feet on the next hole. She bogeyed the next hole after missing the green before knocking in the final hole birdie.

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    While Uy went on a rampage, three-day leader Benyapa Niphatsophon of Thailand went on a disastrous windup and scored 74 for a 281 total. Third round co-leader Minami Hiruta of Japan bogeyed the last three holes for a 74 to also finish at 281. 

    "That was just crazy stretch, I believe I couldn't have won if not for that long birdie on the 14th," said Uy. "I'm also happy that I won with my family around me, my mom, my dad and my brother."

    Jed Dy on Thursday settled for second after he lost by a stroke to Japanese-American Testuki Nemoto in the boys 9-10 years old division at Lawrence Welk Resort Fountain course.


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