Japan's Kenta Konishi wins 2010 Junior Open

Overnight leader Kenta Konishi, a 16-year-old from Japan, maintained his clear-cut advantage over a final round played in wet, cold and windy conditions, to win the Junior Open title at Lundin Golf Club in Fife, yesterday. Konishi had rounds of 71, 68 and 72 for a splendid two-under-par total of 211, which gave him victory by four strokes.

In lashing rain, the plus-four-handicapper reached the turn in two-over-par 38, before dropping another shot at the 11th. But he then showed the class that had separated him from the field of more than 120 players from 77 nations.

Konishi made an eagle-three at the 499-yard 13th and a birdie-two at the 177-yard, par-three 14th to shake off his pursuers, even affording himself the luxury of a bogey-five at the last for a one-under-par inward half of 34.

Joint runners-up on 215 were Chile’s Guillermo Pereira with scores of 73, 69 and 73, and the leading girl, Hyo-Joo Kim from Seoul, South Korea with rounds of 72, 70 and 73.

Pereira, who is 15 years old, was out in 38 and home in level-par 35, with birdies at the 13th and 17th cancelling out bogeys at the 10th and 15th in his final round.

Hyo-Joo Kim is 14 years old and clearly better than her one-handicap rating. She too was out in 38 with three bogeys and a birdie-two at the fifth. She dropped another shot at the 12th but then, with the rain easing just a bit, she covered the last six holes in one under par with a birdie-four at the long 13th and five solid pars to finish.

England’s Emily Taylor, a scratch junior member at Royal Lytham and St Annes, finished fourth on 218 with scores of 70, 76 and 72.

“It was really hard out there, just awful weather,” said Emily who had birdies at the first and eighth, dropping only one shot, at the fourth, in reaching the one-under 35.

She battled through the inward half in seven pars and two bogeys, at the 12th and 16th, for 37 home.

Emily finished a shot ahead of the New Zealand’s Cecilia Cho, who has a handicap of plus five.