Yun Captures SCGA Women’s Amateur Championship by 4 Shots Over Atienza

Ashley Yun of West Covina didn’t let a poor first round get her down.

The 17-year-old Yun, a senior at Walnut High who has committed to Yale, took a one-stroke lead to the final round and posted a score of 75-67-71—213, 3-under-par, to beat Aloysa Atienza Singapore, who finished at 71-72-74—217, in the Southern California Golf Association Women’s Amateur Championship at San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista.

Yun virtually put the title away with birdies on the 14th and 15th holes to build a five-stroke lead.

“I feels great to win my last tournament of the summer,” said Yun, who also won the 2021 CIF Southern Section Division I individual title, the AJGA Junior at Ruby Hill the last two years and the 2020 AJGA Junior All-Star Invitational. “I just focused on myself and what I could do and was able to keep the lead once I got it.

“It’s really windy out here, so it’s really important to hit the fairway because the rough is so thick. I was able to that over the last 36 holes and I also putted really well, made a lot of putts for birdie and some clutch short ones to save par.

“Aloysa is a really good player and person, she made a couple of birdies at Nos. 8 and 9 to stay close, but I was able to keep the lead the rest of the way.”

Cindy Kou of Valencia was third at 74-73-71—218, while Eliana Saga of Stevenson Ranch shot 78-72-69—219 to tie for fourth with Caroline Canales of Calabasas, who wound up at 78-71-70—219, and Sophie Guo of Irvine, who finished at 71-74-74—219.

Isabel Sy of San Gabriel carded a score of 73-72-75—220 to tie for seventh with Shannon Tan of Lubbock, Texas, who totaled 73-70-77—220, while Ashleigh Park of Irvine wound up at 78-72-71—221 to tie for ninth with Kaleiya Romero of San Jose, who came in at 75-72-74—221.

Former winners of the SCGA Women’s Amateur Championship include Andrea Lee twice, Lilia Vu, Alexa Milton, Alyaa Abdulghany, Jamie Jacob and Kelly Xu.

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