S'pore-based Jennifer Yan third in pro golf event

S'pore-based Jennifer Yan third in pro golf event
Singapore-based amateur golfer Jennifer Yan posted her best result in a professional event when she finished third at the Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open. The Raffles Girls' School student received the Best Amateur award for the third year running at the ¤400,000 tournament, sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour.

With just four holes left to play, Singapore-based golfer Jennifer Yan found herself in an unfamiliar situation on familiar ground.

Having claimed the Best Amateur award twice in a row before this year, the Suzhou Taihu Ladies' Open had always been a happy hunting ground for the Raffles Girls' School student.

It looked to get even better on Sunday, when she found herself the outright leader at the ¤400,000 (S$671,640) Ladies European Tour (LET) event after the 14th hole.

But Jennifer, playing in the fourth-last flight, could not sustain her hot hand. She bogeyed the 15th and parred the remaining three holes.

She finished with a five-under 67 and 12-under 204 total to be three shots behind eventual champion Gwladys Nocera of France and one behind runner-up Carlota Ciganda of Spain.

Still, it was Jennifer's best result in a professional tournament and the third year running she claimed the Best Amateur award.

Despite a 114-strong field that included several of the top 20 on the LET's Order of Merit, including Solheim Cup stars like England's Charley Hull whom Jennifer finished ahead of by two shots, she did not feel dwarfed.

"I wasn't intimidated playing with the big names," the 17- year-old told The Straits Times on Tuesday at the Seletar Country Club, where she trains daily.

"The gravity of that situation, to lead a professional tournament, is different from what I was used to. I was out of my comfort zone.

"I learnt a lot from that, because it takes a lot to be in a position (to win) and to close it off."

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