“It should be awesome to play, I can’t wait,” Hopewell beamed.
The girl’s matchplay section came down to the top two seeds in the final, Queensland-based Korean Hye Park, the NSW and Australian Girls Champion, and Concord’s Belinda Ji.
Park looked to be cruising to the crown, holding a one-up lead with three holes to play.
Sadly, a lost ball on the par 5 (16th) seemed to rattle the talented 15-year-old. An errant tee shot on the penultimate hole led to a second conceded hole and all of a sudden it was Ji in the box seat with just the par-three last to play.
Ji showed how strong a competitor she is under pressure, hitting her tee shot to just under 4 metres on the last, to heap more pressure on Park.
Park responded, also knocking her tee shot in close. Sadly, She couldn’t convert the putt, leaving Ji two putts for the title, which was all she needed.
Ji was equally as thrilled with her win as Hopewell.
“it’s an amazing win for me.
“I haven’t really played anything like this before, so it feels special to win.”
Asked about the sudden turn around in the match over the last couple of holes and how she handled the situation, Ji admitted all she could do was stay patient and hope.
“I had been playing pretty well all day, So I knew I might get my chance, and I was just going to have to stay patient.”
The win also secured Ji a place in the 2020 Women’s NSW Open at Dubbo Golf Club.
Competing against some of the game best female professionals is familiar turf for Ji, She qualified for her first Women’s NSW Open as a 12-year-old, and during the 2018 Australian Ladies Classic – Bonville recorded a hole-in-one on the 17th hole in the first round.
“I’m looking forward to playing against the professionals again. It’s great to be able to see how you can play against them; it’s a great experience,” she smiled.