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  Ladies glory at Otake - Ami Kumazawa (English and Japanese)

Ami Kumazawa may be only a recent convert to Pitch and Putt but that did not prevent the Japanese player from claiming the honours at the recent Japanese Open at Otake. The delighted 19-year-old gave this reaction to fippa.org.

Q. You must be very pleased to win the first ever Japanese International Pitch and Putt Open?
A. I am very happy that I was able to participate in the first Pitch and Putt tournament held in Japan and to be top female player in the commemorative tournament.

Q. It was very close between you and Yuri Onishi?
A. Ms. Onishi was in the former group on the final day, so I watched her playing carefully while I was playing my round.

Q. Was there a particular turning point during the final round?
A. During the tournament, I was not good at the 14th hole on the course, but, on the final round, I was able to save a par. I think it was a turning point.

Q. Did you get an opportunity to practise on the Otake course in advance of the Open?
A. I was able to practice only once on the day before the tournament. As I had never played at the Otake short course, I felt the difficulties with the course very much.

Q. Your impressions of the foreign players - Maria Amparo Francisco, Conchi Carballo, Pilar Montero?
A. About the foreign players, I was surprised to see various ages of female players playing, and also surprised that the number of female player was as same as male players. To my astonishment, they looked like hitting lightly, but the ball was landed on so close to the pin.

Q. For how long have you played Pitch and Putt?
A. About 1 month.

Q. Is it your intention to travel abroad to play Pitch and Putt in the future?
A. By all means, I would like to participate abroad.

Q. What are your ambitions in Pitch and Putt?
A. I would like to expand the Pitch and Putt in Japan with this opportunity, and I would like to become overall winner in the next tournament.

Version in Japanese

日本初のピッチ&パットの国際大会の女性での勝者となったことをお喜びのことと思います。お気持ちをお聞かせください。

日本初という記念すべき大会に出場できたこと、並びに女子で一位になれたことをとても嬉しく思います。

識西諭里選手と最後までデッドヒートを繰り広げましたがどんな心境でしたか?

識西さんが最終日に前の組でまわっていたので、ずっとプレーを見ながらまわっていました。

最終ラウンドの間に何か特別なターニングポイントはありましたか?

苦手だった14番でパーセーブできたことは、最終日の中で大きかったです。

大会前に大岳ショートコースで練習する機会はありましたか?

前日に1回だけ回りました。初のショートコースでとても難しい印象でした。

外国人選手の印象―とりわけ決勝ラウンドに進出したMaria Amparo Francisco, Conchi Carballo, Pilar Monteroの印象はどうでしたか?

さまざまな年代の方と男性と同じくらいの女性の多さにびっくりしました。軽く打っているように見えるのにピンに近いところにあるのでおどろきました。

ピッチ&パット歴はどれくらいですか?

約一ヶ月です。

将来、海外でのピッチ&パットの大会に参加する意向はありますか?

是非出てみたいです。

ピッチ&パット競技における目標・野望をお聞かせください。

今回を機にピッチ&パットを日本に広めていき、次は総合で優勝したいです。