Saturday, April 16, 2016

Innerleithen-born Karis Davidson wins Aussie 

girls' championship after several near-misses

                      Karis Davidson with the championship trophy

Karis Davidson, who emigrated with her parents from Innerleithen in the Tweed Valley to Queensland, Australia eight years ago has won the Australian girls' championship.
Here is the Australian golf website report:

Karis no longer the bridesmaid at title tournaments ...
Karis Davidson had been so close before, she didn’t want to get caught again.
Even when she tapped in the winning par putt on the 18th  today, she wasn’t sure the girls’ Australian Junior Championship was hers.
But when applause rang out around the Devonport Golf Club, the quietly spoken Queenslander knew her days as a bridesmaid were over.
“I wasn’t too sure I’d won, but everyone clapped and then I obviously knew,” Davidson said after a five-under-par round of 67 left her at 22 under par and a one-shot victor over New Zealand’s Momoka Kobori. Her four rounds were 70-67-68-69 for an aggregate of 274.
“It feels really good because I’d come runner-up twice and I thought maybe third time lucky, so that was good.
“It’s obviously been my goal all week … it feels really good to get it this time.”
Davidson, 17, was beaten by a shot by Melbourne’s Konomi Matsumoto at Yering Meadows in 2014, then watched Celina Yuan birdie the last at Tea Tree Gully last year before the Sydneysider prevailed in a three-hole play-off.
But the Queenslander, who was born in Scotland, wouldn’t be denied this time around.
After Kobori and fellow Gold Coaster Becky Kay fired several early challenges, Davidson held tough down the final stretch, playing a blemish free back nine in four under the card as her opponents blinked momentarily.
“I kept playing the course and just wanted to make the best score I could instead of playing against the other girls,” said Davidson, also the winner of the recent West Australian Amateur Championship.
“I was a little bit nervous, (especially after) the previous years were so close, but I held it together and finished well.”
Davidson, who will soon join Hannah Green at the US Women’s Open as co-winners of the Karrie Webb Series scholarship, also wins a berth in next year’s ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open field at Royal Adelaide where she’ll play against a fully fledged LPGA Tour field.