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The Australian Girls' Amateur Championship is open to players aged under 18 years on the first day of play. It is contested over 72-holes stroke play (with a cut after 36-holes ). The handicap limit is 15.4.
The Australian Girls’ Amateur Championship was first played in conjunction with the Australian Women’s Amateur Championship qualifying rounds in 1953 at Royal Perth Golf Club and was won by Margaret Masters, claiming victory over 36 holes. The event remained 36 holes until 1975 and 1976 when the championship was played over three rounds of stroke play, while in 1977 it was played over four rounds of stroke play. It returned to a 36 holes format from 1978 to 1983, before a separate championship was introduced in January 1984. From 1984, the championship was played over 36-holes of qualifying with the leading 16 qualifiers contesting match play for the title.
From 1993 the age limit changed from under 21 to under 18, and in 2000 the format changed to 54-holes stroke play. From 2012 it has been played over 72-holes.
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New South Wales’ Grace Kim has won the Australian Girls' Amateur Championship after a drama-packed final round at Port Kembla Golf Club.
Kim shot rounds of 74, 68, 73 and 72 to finish the tournament at five under par. A shot behind her was her NSW teammate and day two leader Hannah Park, while Doey Choi completed the NSW trifecta in third place at two under par.
In a dramatic afternoon, Grace and Park were deadlocked with one hole remaining. It took a stunning birdie on the final hole for the 16-year old Kim to prevail.
Park hit her approach on the par five last hole to about 3m, then, moments later, Kim slotted her approach inside it. After a valiant attempt by Park to make her birdie putt, it was Kim who calmly stood up and holed her birdie for the championship.
Kim was all but lost for words after the event.
“That last putt won it for me,” she beamed. “I honestly thought we were heading for a play-off.”
"I’m so stoked with the win, I can’t think straight,”
Kim’s mother had watched the proceedings all day, and had trouble fighting her emotions after watching her daughter take her biggest title to date.
“Mum was in tears afterwards. She could barely talk, she didn’t expect it,” Kim said.
The Girls' Amateur Championship win also means that Kim has now earned a spot in next year’s ISPS Handa Australian Women’s Open. She was thrilled to hear the news.
“I’m stoked. I just heard about that, and I can’t think straight right now. I really cant put into words what that means,” she beamed.
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