Santoso wins for NSW at Girls Amateur

Cathleen Santoso became the first girl from New South Wales since Sarah Kemp in 2003 to win the Australian Girls’ Amateur Championship at Newcastle Golf Club.

Santoso closed with a final round 2-over par 75 to win by one stroke from Queensland’s Jaimee Dougan who shot a final round 2-under par 71.

Cathleen Santoso Cathleen Santoso (Credit: Golf Australia)

“I’m so excited to win this,” Santoso said.

“I didn’t know what the score was coming down the 18th so it was a great thrill to find out I’d won,” she added, after sinking a 50 foot putt for birdie on the 18th.

Santoso was a quarter-finalist at the Srixon Australian Amateur in March and said she is pleased with how her game is progressing.

“I feel like my ball-striking is more consistent now and my putting has improved which has made a difference,” Santoso said.

Western Australia’s Hayley Bettencourt finished in a share of second with Dougan at 2-over par.

Defending champion Annie Choi (KOR) finished with a final round 78 to share fourth place with Emily McLennan (QLD) and National Junior Squad member Minjee Lee (WA) at 4-over par.

Queensland’s Zoe Field finished in outright seventh at 6-over par.

The Australian Girls’ Interstate Teams Matches begin on Monday 17th April 2011 at Pacific Dunes Golf Club near Newcastle.

Source – Golf Australia