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Vivian wins NZ stroke play title again

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Macleans College student Vivian Lu has won the NZ Women’s Amateur Stroke Play Champion again, the first to do so consecutively in 27 years. Photo Golf NZ

Winning the New Zealand Women’s Amateur Stroke Play was Royal Auckland and Grange’s Vivian Lu, who went back-to-back after winning the event last year.

Lu, 17, a student at Macleans College, is the first to win back-to-back titles in 27 years, with the last person to do it being Catherine Knight in 1994 and 1995, Golf NZ said.

Lu was in control all-tournament, shooting rounds of 70, 72, 71, and 72 to finish three-under, six-shots clear of her nearest rival Tara Raj.

Lu says it’s great to win consecutive titles.

“It feels great. I’m really happy I was I was able to pull it off today, and knowing that Lydia [Ko] didn’t go back-to-back is a bit of an ego-boost,” she told Golf NZ.

“The gameplan today was just to do what I’ve been doing the entire week. I just wanted to stay consistent today and shoot somewhere around even-par.

“I want to try and win the New Zealand Amateur again and just play my best in all the events I end up playing in. This has given me a bit of confidence for the year ahead.”

Lu told the Times she was very happy with the win. She has won five of the last six events she has played over the last year. “I hope to continue my form for the rest of the year,” Lu said.

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