GOLD COAST, Australia, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Amy Yang Sunday beat Catherine Cartwright in a playoff at the ANZ Ladies Masters at Gold Coast, Australia.
The 16-year-old native of South Korea became the first amateur player to win on the Ladies European Tour in 22 years.
Yang, who was playing in just her second professional event, had a chance to win in regulation, but bogeyed 18. She won the tournament with a 15-foot birdie putt on the first hole in sudden death to become the circuit's first amateur champion since Gillian Stewart won the IBM European Open in 1984.
"I've put in so much effort that, now I have won this, I am so happy," she said through an interpreter.
Because amateurs are ineligible to win money, Cartwright collected the first place check of nearly $90,000.
Both Yang and Cartwright finished at 13-under 275 after 72 holes. Ruby Tseng, 17, and Tiffany Joh, 19, came in at 12-under 276.