Lachy Barker wins Malaysian Amateur

Congratulations to Glenelg Golf Club Junior Lachlan Barker for winning the 2016 Malaysian Amateur Open.

The 17-year-old from Adelaide parred the second extra hole to defeat joint halfway leader Witchayanon Chothirunrungrueng of Thailand on the Sunday, becoming the third Australian to win the championship in four editions.

Five off the pace at the start of the final round, Barker overcame a hesitant start to post a one-under 71 in regulation play at Templer Park Country Club.

Barker proved an unlikely winner as he looked to have blown any slim chance he held after starting with bogeys on the third and sixth hole. But three birdies from the ninth – none better than on the 18th when he drained a 15-footer – set him up for an exciting afternoon.

The reigning South Australian Amateur winner came close to winning it on the first play-off hole when missed a birdie attempt from ten feet before pulling off an audacious chip from the edge of the green to within inches of the pin on the second time of asking. That put the pressure on Witchayanon, who failed to convert two putts from inside seven feet.

“Going into today, I was five off the lead and I thought if I do something amazing, I might have a chance but I was two-over early into my round and it wasn’t looking promising to be honest.

“This is by far my biggest win yet, so I’m mighty pleased. The course was wet, playing really long and the greens were a real challenge, so to emerge the last man standing in this true test of golf is a great accomplisment,” quipped the champion.