2017

17-Year-Old Lin Yuxin Becomes the Third AAC Champion from China at Royal Wellington Golf Club in New Zealand

Lin Yuxin of China pictured during round 4 of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship at Royal Wellington Golf Club, Wellington, New Zealand, on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017. Photographer: David Paul Morris/AAC

Date                26-29 October 2017
Venue             Royal Wellington Golf Club
Par                  36-35-71
Length           6258 metres/6845 yards
Designer       Turner Macpherson Golf Design
Opened         1908

China’s Lin Yuxin won the ninth Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship on Sunday at Royal Wellington Golf Club to secure spots in the 2018 Masters Tournament and The 147th Open at Carnoustie. In front of large crowds, the left-hander birdied the 17th hole and eagled 18 to card a six-under-par 65 and finish 14-under, three ahead of compatriot Andy Zhang (67), who was rewarded with a place in The Open Qualifying Series.

The Beijing-based Lin, who turned 17 on October 12, became the third Chinese player to win the championship following victories by Guan Tianlang in 2012, aged 14, and Jin, who was 17 when he won.

“I’m very, very happy I got the chance to win this event and play two majors,” said Lin, who trailed Zhang for much of the round. “I’m very proud of myself. It means a lot to me to play in the Masters and The Open next year. It’s a great experience.

“I was just trying to stay aggressive and hit as many drivers as I could. Even though I wasn’t playing that well for 12 holes, I still stuck with that plan. Andy is a very steady player, but I had to stay aggressive and get birdies.”

Lin started the day at eight-under, one ahead of playing partners Lee and Zhang, China’s top-ranked amateur. And it was Zhang, the 19-year-old sophomore at the University of Florida, who quickly took control with birdies at one and three to take the lead, which he held for much of the round.

Zhang doubled his lead with a birdie at 13, but Lin bounced back with a crucial birdie at the next hole. When Zhang bogeyed 15, the pair drew even at 11-under and remained level with two holes to play. That’s when Lin’s power game and self-confidence came into play.

The solidly built teen drove the green at the 361-yard, par-four 17th to set up a tap-in birdie. On the par-five 18th, he smashed his drive down the middle of the fairway then watched as his stunning five-iron from 216 yards landed just six feet from the flag, holing the putt for an eagle three and punching the air in victory.

“On 18, I was going to hit a four-iron because it was a bit into the wind, but then I thought it might roll over the green, so I hit a five. I thought it was a bit short but it turned out that it was pretty good.”

Zhang, who competed in the U.S. Open at the age of 14, was playing with Lin for the first time in competition and was full of praise for his younger compatriot.

“It shows you how good China is getting at golf,” Zhang explained. “The next generation is coming up and China will be a big country up there.”

POS NAME NATIONALITY To Par R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 LIN, Yuxin China -14 69 67 69 65 270
2 ZHANG, Andy China -11 69 70 67 67 273
T3 YUAN, Yechun China -7 74 66 69 68 277
T3 LEE, Min Woo Australia -7 67 68 71 71 277
5 JIN, Cheng China -6 73 73 67 65 278
T6 YU, Chun-an Chinese Taipei -5 73 71 68 67 279
T6 HILLIER, Daniel New Zealand -5 70 73 68 68 279
T6 WOOLS-COBB, Shae Australia -5 63 74 71 71 279
9 MOUNTCASTLE, Kerry New Zealand -4 69 70 70 71 280
T10  ENDYCOTT, Harrison Australia -3 70 71 74 66 281
T10 CHISNALL, Ryan New Zealand -3 74 73 67 67 281
T10 HAMAMOTO, Kosuke Thailand -3 72 73 69 67 281
T10 VOKE, Nick New Zealand -3 67 72 73 69 281
14 HILLIER, Charlie New Zealand -2 74 69 72 67 282
T15 ONISHI, Kaito Japan -1 76 68 71 68 283
T15 PERRY, Dylan Australia -1 71 69 71 72 283
T17 HADI, Abdul Singapore Par 71 74 73 66 284
T17 NAKAJIMA, Keita Japan Par 72 68 70 74 284
T19 MARUYAMA, Sean Japan 1 67 72 76 70 285
T19 NAMUANGRUK, Kammalas Thailand 1 78 68 69 70 285
T19 KAEWKANJANA, Sadom Thailand 1 74 71 70 70 285
T19 WIJONO, Jonathan Indonesia 1 72 70 72 71 285
T19 ANSTISS, James New Zealand 1 70 70 72 73 285
T24 SMYTH, Travis Australia 2 70 71 75 70 286
T24 ZARAGOSA, Rupert Philippines 2 76 70 71 69 286
T24 UEKI, Shota Japan 2 71 76 72 67 286
T24 GO, Lloyd Jefferson Philippines 2 67 72 71 76 286
T28 HUTSON, Mark New Zealand 3 74 74 68 71 287
T28 HOWARD, William Cook Islands 3 73 72 71 71 287
T28 BROWN, Luke New Zealand 3 77 68 70 72 287
T28 LEE, Won-jun Korea 3 73 74 71 69 287
T28 LIU, Yung-hua Chinese Taipei 3 72 72 71 72 287
T33 WANG, Wei-Hsuan Chinese Taipei 4 69 73 74 72 288
T33 WINAICHAROENCHAI, Atiruj Thailand 4 72 74 71 71 288
T35 THOMAS, Rayhan India 5 73 71 73 72 289
T35 SINGH, Priyanshu India 5 74 72 71 72 289
T35 SUGIHARA, Taiga Japan 5 76 72 72 69 289
T35 RAMADHAN, Naraajie Emerald Indonesia 5 70 72 70 77 289
T39 HSIEH, Ting-wei Chinese Taipei 6 70 70 75 75 290
T39 HA, Jin-bo Korea 6 75 73 74 68 290
T41 FOO, Gregory Singapore 7 74 70 73 74 291
T41 TSUKAMOTO, Gaku Japan 7 73 73 72 73 291
T41 CHEUNG, Matthew Hong Kong 7 73 72 75 71 291
T41 ZHAO, Nathan Guam 7 72 73 75 71 291
T41 CHAN, Tuck Soon Malaysia 7 77 70 74 70 291
T46 CHOTHIRUNRUNGRUENG, W Thailand 8 75 71 71 75 292
T46 WONG, Shuai-ming Hong Kong 8 74 66 77 75 292
T48 SITHU, Hein Myanmar 9 73 72 73 75 293
T48 CHANDRA, Yashas India 9 73 75 71 74 293
T48 YAGUTAH, Almay Rayhan Indonesia 9 69 75 76 73 293
T48 KHAZANBEIK, Ali Iran 9 74 74 72 73 293
T52 DANN, Charlie Australia 10 74 71 75 74 294
T52 AKBAR, Kevin Caesario Indonesia 10 74 73 75 72 294
T54 HOSSAIN, Md Akbar Bangladesh 11 74 71 76 74 295
T54 JANG, Seung-bo Korea 11 71 74 80 70 295
56 BOUAHOM, Thammasack Laos 12 77 71 75 73 296
57 CHEN, Yi-tong Chinese Taipei 13 71 76 72 78 297
T58 SANJEEWA, B A Sri Lanka 14 75 73 75 75 298
T58 RAZIF, Muhd Afif Malaysia 14 76 72 78 72 298
T60 OH, Seung-taek Korea 15 71 75 74 79 299
T60 SANDHU, Yuvraj India 15 73 75 75 76 299
62 MEHMOOD, Ghazanfar Pakistan 24 75 73 76 84 308
MC SHOU, Joshua Singapore 7 77 72 149
MC TAMARDI, Tirto Indonesia 7 79 70 149
MC YAP, Jesse Singapore 7 79 70 149
MC KAUL, Kshitij Naveed India 7 75 74 149
MC IEREMIA, Denzel New Zealand 7 76 73 149
MC SI, Ngai Macau 7 74 75 149
MC KANAVATHI, Rhaasrikanesh Malaysia 7 75 74 149
MC LOW, Wee Jin Singapore 8 74 76 150
MC YE, Wocheng China 8 77 73 150
MC DORJI, Ugen Bhutan 8 74 76 150
MC TSAI, Kai-Jen Chinese Taipei 8 77 73 150
MC KIM, Seong-hyeon Korea 8 76 74 150
MC OO, Kyaw Thet Myanmar 8 73 77 150
MC HUSSEIN, Abid Fiji 9 72 79 151
MC ATTIEH, Khaled Saudi Arabia 9 75 76 151
MC GUAN, Tianlang China 9 75 76 151
MC TRUONG, Chi Quan Vietnam 9 75 76 151
MC HO, Joshua Singapore 10 77 75 152
MC SUYASRI, Parathakorn Thailand 10 78 74 152
MC VUI, Niko Samoa 10 77 75 152
MC LEE, Chang-gi Korea 10 78 74 152
MC KHO, Taichi Hong Kong 10 72 80 152
MC RASEL, Md Bangladesh 11 74 79 153
MC YACOOB, Nasser Bahrain 11 77 76 153
MC CHOWRASIA, Sunit India 11 75 78 153
MC SPRING, Henry New Zealand 13 78 77 155
MC SALAS, Brentt Guam 13 74 81 155
MC D’SOUZA, Leon Philip Hong Kong 16 81 77 158
MC AL SHAHRANI, Abdulrahman Qatar 16 81 77 158
MC NARAHENPITAGE, Amarapadma Sri Lanka 17 82 77 159
MC SENG, Vaseiha Cambodia 17 81 78 159
MC INDIKA, J M D Sri Lanka 17 79 80 159
MC ANNATO, Morgan Papua New Guinea 17 79 80 159
MC ALLEN, Olaf Fiji 18 75 85 160
MC AL RUMHI, Azzan Oman 18 80 80 160
MC WILLIAMSON, Kristopher Cook Islands 18 79 81 160
MC PEOU, Pichmeta Cambodia 19 79 82 161
MC AL SHARIF, Saud Saudi Arabia 19 78 83 161
MC GIA DAT, Do Le Vietnam 19 77 84 161
MC TELESO, Willie American Samoa 20 82 80 162
MC SKAIK, Ahmad United Arab Emirates 22 86 78 164
MC AL KUWARI, Ghanim Qatar 24 84 82 166
MC BOLDBAATAR, Munkhbaatar Mongolia 26 80 88 168
MC OCHIRJAV, Oyunbold Mongolia 27 85 84 169
MC TIKILI, Gideon Papua New Guinea 27 82 87 169
MC FELANI, Thomas Solomon Islands 27 83 86 169
MC SALEH, Abdulla Sultan Bahrain 28 83 87 170
MC FAAALIGA, Robert Samoa 28 85 85 170
MC AL HAJERI, Mohamed United Arab Emirates 29 82 89 171
MC RUKABO, George Solomon Islands 30 84 88 172
MC TRABOULSI, Yves Lebanon 32 89 85 174
MC ALGHABABSHEN, Tariq Jordan 41 98 85 183
MC SAGAPOLUTELE, Pelefoti American Samoa 44 93 93 186
MC ALRAWSHDEH, Asad Jordan 60 109 93 202