Simin Feng survived a tough battle for the title as four players were tied late in the day.
Simin Feng Wins by a Whisker
It was close until the end. Late in the final round, four players were tied atop the leaderboard, as Simin Feng, Laetitia Beck and Luz Alejandra Cangrejo joined second-round leader Cindy Feng in the top spot. Also staying close was Sarah Brown as the players approached the home stretch.
A birdie by Simin Feng at the 14th hole helped propel her through the final holes, as other players made an occasional bogey to fall off the pace. Finally, when Simin reached the 18th green, she held a two-stroke cushion. Having safely reached the green of the par-4 finishing hole in two, Feng's long birdie putt went long. Her comebacker missed by inches, leaving a tap-in bogey for the victory.
One shot back were Brown and Cangrejo, while Beck and Cindy Feng were tied for fourth, two strokes behind. The victory was the first for Simin Feng at an AJGA Invitational, and third overall. Feng previously won the Future Legends and Junior All-Star at Toftrees.
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The leader group heads down the first fairway as the final round begins.
Rolling Right Along
The leader group of Cindy Feng, Simin Feng and Laetitia Beck are taking full advantage of the AJGA's new policy allowing push carts at tournaments. After hitting their tee shots down the middle of the fairway to start the final round of the ANNIKA Invitational, the trio headed off with their bags on the carts.
The ANNIKA Invitational is the first tournament under the new policy, and more than a dozen girls in this week's field are using them. The AJGA started allowing the use of push carts at all events this year (where courses allow) after research showed the physical benefits of using them.
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