CHRISTINA LAKE - Richmond's Christine Wong brandished her putter like a pistol to win her second B.C. Women's Amateur Championship.
Any time one of her fellow competitors threatened to get close, Wong took dead aim with her putter and calmly rolled in another birdie putt.
"My putting worked so well for me this week, " the 20-year-old said after claiming the title Friday afternoon at Christina Lake Golf Club. "I was rolling in a lot of putts and not just short putts, but some longer putts, too, like 15-and 20-footers. That helped me a lot. "
And it frustrated her competition, like Port Coquitlam's Soo-Bin Kim, who despite a five-under 67 Friday, still finished four shots behind Wong.
Wong completed the 72-hole event at 14-under par after closing with a tidy two-under 70 on Friday.
She began the final round with a seven-shot lead, a huge cushion that brought its own challenges.
"With a lead like that I had to try and keep myself relaxed and not think that it's a given," Wong said. "You have to work hard. Soo was making a lot of putts and I get nervous really easily so I just tried to focus on my shot, my game and not focus on anything else. I just wanted to stay steady and make as many putts as I could. "
Wong won her first B.C. Amateur title in 2010 at Arbutus Ridge on Vancouver Island, where she lapped the field by 11 shots. She said winning it a second time is special.
"I am proud to be a British Columbian and I love coming to the B.C. Am because you see so many old friends. I grew up playing junior golf with many of these girls. It was such a good atmosphere being here all week. "
Wong, who set a course record when she fired a seven-under 65 in Thursday's third round, has a busy summer ahead of her before she returns to San Diego State University for her senior year. She has had a terrific collegiate career with four wins. Two of those came last year.
She is heading to California next week for U.S. Amateur qualifying and will then return to lead the three-woman B.C. team at the Royale Cup Canadian Women's Amateur Championship July 24 to 27 in Lethbridge, Alta.
She and Kim, who just finished her freshman year at the University of Washington, will be joined on that B.C. team by Megan Osland of Kelowna.
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