Princess Superal beats top seed Naomi Ko to bag Pacific Northwest Women’s Amateur crown

PRINCESS Superal defeated low medalist Naomi Ko of Canada, 6 and 5, to clinch the Pacific Northwest Women’s Amateur Championship crown in Cle Elum, Washington.

Superal won five of the first six holes in the 36-hole finale at the Prospector Course at Suncadia en route to a commanding 6-up lead after the morning duel.

The Canadian mounted a comeback in afternoon play, moving to within three after 24 holes but Superal birdied Nos. 25 and 28 to quash the threat and clinched title with par on the 31st hole.

“I really didn’t expect to win and Naomi is really a good player. But I hit it pretty well and my short game and putting clicked,” said Superal.

Superal finished tied for first with Ko and Jisoo Keel in the elims but Ko, the 2014 PNGA Junior Girls’ Player of the Year, took the top seeding in a playoff.

A former US Girls’ Junior champion, Superal stamped her class early in the knockout phase, easing out local bet Jalayne Martirez, 2-up, and downing Washington bet Kristin Strankman, 7 and 5, in the second round.

Superal scored a 7 and 6 win over Marianne Li before beating TCC teammate Sam Martirez, 7 and 5, to seal a final showdown with Ko.

The field played 36 holes for three days in a row through the match play phase and Superal admitted she got a little bit tired but happy to be able to pull it through.

“I was a little tired. I came here to have fun and to get some experience,” said Superal, who is set to turn pro this year. 

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