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Choi fulfils hopes at #AusAm

Sae Ogura, Yuri Yoshida, and Doey Choi
Sae Ogura, Yuri Yoshida, and Doey Choi are your 2019 #AusAm medallists

Final scores: Women's stroke play

Draw: First round matchplay

She entered as women's Australian Amateur favourite, and Doey Choi has done the label justice.

Sydney's Choi produced a stunning four-under-par 69 at Woodlands Golf Club on Wednesday to claim a share of the Women's #AusAm stroke play medal.

Japanese duo Yuri Yoshida and overnight co-leader Sae Ogura will share honours with Choi after their second round scores of 71 and 72 respectively, making it a three-way tie at seven-under.

Choi, the only female benchmark athlete currently on Golf Australia’s books, started her day three shots back from overnight co-leaders Ogura and Queenslander Lion Higo after a three-under-par 71 round at Spring Valley yesterday.

The 18-year-old fired early with birdies on the 1st and 4th holes, before picking up another pair of strokes with birdies on 11 and 12.

“I feel really good, I played really solid out there,” the Concord member said.

“I am pretty confident with my game and my putting feels really good too, so I am really excited for the rest of the week.”

The horde of impressive international talent was again on show at this year’s championship with the 2018 Women’s Australian Open low amateur Yoshida making her force known at Woodlands.

Choi said she was excited for tomorrow afternoon’s first round match play at Woodlands, where she will enter as the No. 2 seed, followed by Ogura as No. 3, with Yoshida as the top seed.

“I really enjoyed Woodlands, it’s in good nick," said Choi.

“I am expecting some quality golf and I just want to have fun out there like I have the last few days,” Choi said.

Australia’s highest ranked female amateur in the field, Grace Kim, sits equal fourth with Victoria’s Jeneath Wong after that pair carded matching four-under-par 69s at Woodlands.

Meanwhile, it was a blistering finish for last year's low Australian at the #AusAm, with St Michaels' Kelsey Bennett rocketing to T27 with four birdies in her final five holes.

Bennett qualified for the match play by a single stroke, avoiding a two-woman playoff between Japan’s Chikako Suzuki and China’s Alice Fan, with the latter securing the final spot.

Thursday’s first round match-ups:

1 – Yuri Yoshida (JPN) v 32 – Alice Fan (CHN)
2 – Doey Choi (NSW) v 31 – Abbie Teasdale (WA)
3 – Sae Orgura (JAP) v 30 – Kelsey Bennett (NSW)
4 – Grace Kim (NSW) v 29 – Linley Ooi (VIC)
5 – Jeneath Wong (VIC) v 28 – Hye Park (QLD)
6 – Miyu Goto (JAP) v 27 – Becky Kay (QLD)
7 – Kerri Bong (KOR) v 26 – Darae Chung (NZL)
8 – Cassie Porter (QLD) v 25 – Marina Ito (JPN)
9 – Jen Goh (SIN) v 24 – Jihye Park (NSW)
10 – Carmen Lim (NZL) v 23 – Jessica Pickwick (VIC)
11 – Hong Yaeeun (KOR) v 22 – Maddison Hinson-Tolchard (WA)
12 – Lion Higo (QLD) v 21 – Riri Sadoyama (JAP)
13 – Min A Yoon (KOR) v 20 – Emily Mahar (QLD)
14 – Isabelle Taylor (QLD) v 19 – Stephanie Kyriacou (NSW)
15 – Steph Bunque (VIC) v 18 – Sarah Wilson (QLD)
16 – Tsubasa Kajitani (JPN) v 17 – Emily Toy (ENG)

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