Davidson holds nerve, shakes bridesmaid tag

Karis Davidson
Karis Davidson shows off the spoils of victory.

Karis Davidson had been so close before, she didn’t want to get caught again.

Even when she tapped in the winning par putt on the 18th  today, she wasn’t sure the girls’ Australian Junior Championship was hers.

But when applause rang out around the Devonport Golf Club, the quietly spoken Queenslander knew her days as a bridesmaid were over.

“I wasn’t too sure I’d won, but everyone clapped and then I obviously knew,” Davidson said after a five-under-par round of 67 left her at 22 under and a one-shot victor over New Zealand’s Momoka Kobori.

“It feels really good because I’d come runner-up twice and I thought maybe third time lucky, so that was good.

“It’s obviously been my goal all week … it feels really good to get it this time.”

Davidson, 17, was beaten by a shot by Melbourne’s Konomi Matsumoto at Yering Meadows in 2014, then watched Celina Yuan birdie the last at Tea Tree Gully last year before the Sydneysider prevailed in a three-hole playoff.

But the Queenslander wouldn’t be denied this time around.

After Kobori and fellow Gold Coaster Becky Kay fired several early challenges, Davidson held tough down the final stretch, playing a blemish free back nine in four under the card as her opponents blinked momentarily.

“I kept playing the course and just wanted to make the best score I could instead of playing against the other girls,” said Davidson, also the winner of the recent West Australian Amateur Championship.

“I was a little bit nervous, (especially after) the previous years were so close, but I held it together and finished well.”

Davidson, who will soon join Hannah Green at the US Women’s Open as co-winners of the Karrie Webb Series scholarship, also wins a berth in next year’s ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open field at Royal Adelaide where she’ll play against a fully fledged LPGA Tour field.

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