Bunque, Yonezawa win SA Amateur Classic titles

Japan’s Ren Yonezawa and Victoria’s Steph Bunque have taken out the SA Classic at Royal Adelaide Golf Club in South Australia.

Bunque secured a two-shot victory over Japan’s Yuna Nishimura to win the 2019 Rene Erichsen Salver, with Yonezawa making up his one shot deficit to account for overnight leaders Billy Cawthorne and Yuta Sugiur.

Stephanie Bunque Stephanie Bunque (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Yonezawa finished at 15-under-par for the tournament, a shot ahead of late storming Jediah Morgan from Queensland, who fired an impressive final round of 66 to take the outright runner-up position. Jack Thompson, Cawthorne and Sugiur all shared 3rd position at 13-under.

“Royal Adelaide is a fantastic golf course,” said Yonezawa.

“I have been in Adelaide for two weeks which is a great opportunity. This week has tested my skills and the greens had great speed. This has been my best performance. I am very happy.”

Bunque was superb over the four rounds firing scores of 72-66-71-70 to finish 13-under to secure her victory over Nishimura, with Cassie Porter firing an impressive final round 67 to jump four places to secure 3rd position at 10-under.

“I had good vibes coming into this week,” said an elated Bunque.

“I know I had been playing pretty well and Riversdale last week was a confidence booster.”

“After the first round I didn’t play as well as I thought I would, but I knew it was there so I hung in and stuck to my game plan, and it all worked out!”

“I couldn’t have asked for anything more.”