By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
July 21, 2014
LA JOLLA, Calif. – Daniella Uy from the Philippines swung her way to the top prize for the senior division of the Callaway Junior World Championships this past weekend, making her the first Filipino to win the coveted title since 1996.
She may have been close last year, but in her final big time junior tournament before she begins her college scholarship, the Philippines’ Daniella Uy took home one of the top US Junior tournament prizes, winning the senior division of the Callaway Junior World Championships.
She scored a 280 during the four day tournament and forced a sudden death playoff to capture the trophy.
“Last year, super happy ako, as in first time super happy, and then now champion ako,” said Uy.
Uy started the final day in 5th place – four strokes behind the leaders – before going on a hot streak.
“Hindi ko expect nag chachampion po ako,” said Uy. “Like parang just play my game. Kung ma bogey ok lang, kung may birdie basta ok, basta just play my game. Cool lang, chill chill lang.”
For the 17-year old who has been playing since age 8, the tournament was the ultimate way to finish her junior career.
Her success over the years has earned her a scholarship to Gonzaga University in Washington.
Part of her prize was an invitation to golf with professionals at a Ladies Professional Golf Association tour stop in San Francisco next spring.
While Uy goes on vacation before she begins college, other Filipinos including members of the elite ICTSI team which she used to play for, also made an impact during Friday’s finals.
Princess Superal finished 10th. Pauline Del Rosario, who won the Callaway twice in junior divisions, came in 19th in her first shot at the top division.
The two will join their younger ICTSI teammates Yuka Saso and Sofia Chabon at the US Junior World Championships in Arizona next week.
“I’ve had good experience here. I played with really good players, and I am so thankful for that,” said Del Rosario.
Another independent Philippines representative, Channelle Avaricio, placed 40th in the top division.
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