Zubair Mohd Firdaus of Malaysia emerged victorious in the inaugural Asia Pacific Junior Amateur held at Laguna National Golf & Country Club.
He withstood a surge by Thailand’s Denwit Boriboonsub to claim his first win of the year.
Firdaus, who was leading by three strokes of the third round, suddenly saw his lead dissipate at the turn and was level with the Denwit after a series of bogeys on the front nine.
However, bogeys on the 16th and 17th hole handed a one-stroke lead to Firdaus, who made a much needed a par on the last hole to win the tournament. Zubair shot rounds of 74, 69, 73 (216).
In the Girl’s Division, Joo Ri Jeong of Korea clinched her victory in a dominant fashion.
She shot rounds of 67, 74 69 (210) to finish seven shots clear of fellow teammate Ahreum Park 76, 70, 71 (217).
Thailand’s Natthakritta Vongtaveelap 73, 76, 73 (222) and Philippine’s Eagle Ace Superal 75, 73, 74 (222) were in joint third position.
Singapore’s top local boy performer, Sean Lee, battled hard but his final round of 74 was not enough.
Lee fired 76, 72, 74 (222) and was only six shots behind the winner.
Inez Ng who is the top local girl performer could not replicate her opening rounds of 73, 73. She shot a final round of 79 to put her in solo fifth position for the tournament.