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Naomi Ko finishes 3rd at the Porter Cup

Written by Austin Stanton / Golf Canada
(Golf Canada)

After entering Friday in a tie for first, Team Canada Amateur squad member Naomi Ko finished solo third at 1 under par at the Porter Cup at Niagara Falls Country Club, in Lewiston, N.Y.

The Victoria, B.C., product held a share of the 36-hole lead with Lauren Waller (Canonsburg, Penn.) at 3 under par (71-70).

Ko had a difficult start to the final round, not making a par until hole No. 7. Three bogeys, a double bogey, and two birdies put her at 3 over par.

From then on Ko settled in and was 1 under par on her final 11 holes to card a 2-over-par 74. It would prove to be too late as the Philippines Lois Kaye Go was nearly flawless on Friday.

Kaye Go recorded eight birdies—including four straight on the back nine—to card a final-round 65 (-8) and sit at 8 at under for the championship, six shots clear of second place Waller.

Team Canada Development Squad teammates Hannah Lee (Surrey, B.C.) and Monet Chun (Richmond Hill Ont.) finished T9 at 3 over par, alongside St. Catharines Ont., native Kennedy Bodfield, and Alexandra Naumovski (Halton, Hills, Ont.).

Chun recorded her best score of the tournament Friday with an even par 72 while Lee carded a 1-over-par 73.

Kelsey Sear (Unionville, Ont.) finished T20 at 5 over par and one stroke back of her was Alyssa DiMarcantonio (Maple Ont.) finishing T22 at 6 over par.

Rounding out Canadians in the top-25 was Claire Hernandez (Palgrave, Ont.), who posted a final-round 70 (-2) to finish 25th at 9 over par.

Chloe Currie – the third member of the Development Squad in Lewiston – finished 57th after a final round 85.

For the full Porter Cup leaderboard click here.

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