Motobu High School student Higa wins Japan Women’s Amateur Golf Championship

Motobu High School student Higa wins Japan Women's Amateur Golf Championship

Mamiko Higa smiles as she holds up the trophy for the Japan Women's Amateur Golf Championship held at the Takarazuka Golf Club in Hyogo Prefecture.


June 26, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The final of the 53rd Japan Women’s Amateur Golf Championship 2011 was held in a match play (36 holes) format at Takarazuka Golf Club (6216 yards, par 72) in Hyogo Prefecture on June 25.
Seventeen year-old Mamiko Higa (third grade student of Motobu Senior High School) defeated Chihiro Ikeda (Philippines) with five holes remaining for her long-awaited first victory in the Japan Women’s Amateur Golf Championship.

She marks the fifth victory of Okinawan women golfers after a gap of six years, following on from Shinobu Moromizato in 2005, Mika Miyazato in 2004, Ai Miyazato in 2003, and Ayako Uehara in 2002.

With improving form from the first day, she came in to the match play tournament on the third day, winning by a wide margin. In the final, Higa scored an overwhelming victory over Ikeda to create a 7-up lead at the first half of 36 holes match play and then maintained the lead in the second half to secure the title.

(English Translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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