LOIS Kaye Go showed her readiness for the Asian Games when she captured the 13th Kuala Lumpur Amateur Open on Thursday in Malaysia.
The 19-year-old Cebu pride fired a closing 73 for a three-stroke win over Isabella Leung of Hong Kong.
Go had earlier rounds of 68-68, finishing at seven-under par 209 at the Kelab Golf Perkhidmatan Awam.
“Well deserved after all the hard work she and the rest of our national players, together with coach Rick (Gibson), have been putting in,” said National Golf Association of the Philippines secretary-general Bones Floro.
Go and Leung were the only players to break par with Warda Amira Abd Rawof finishing third at eight-over 224.
It was Go’s first victory in 12 tournaments this year, auguring well for the country’s bid to end a 32-year gold medal drought in golf in the Asiad.
Go will team up with Bianca Pagdanganan and Yuka Saso in the quadrennial event that kicks off next week in Palembang, Indonesia.
“I was hitting well and putted well the first two days. But not today,” said Go who hit 16 greens, but made 36 putts, including a pair of three-putts.
Go, whose last win was at the Women’s Porter Cup in June last year, made two birdies against a bogey and double bogey as she failed to break par in the final round.
In men’s play, Weiwei Gao, another talent from Cebu, sizzled with a 69 to place fourth at 212, five shots behind Malaysian Kevin Chang.
Peter Tyler Po, one of six Filipinos entered, was the next best performer at 218 after a 69.
Rupert Zaragosa and Luis Miguel Castro, members of the Asiad-bound team, finished 15th and 16th at 220 and 221, respectively. Zaragosa closed out with a 75 while Castro had a 71.
Also at 221 was Kristoffer Arevalo who wound up with a 71.
Weiyu Gao ended up in joint 22nd at 225.