Eila Galitsky Claims Life Changing Women's Amateur Asia-Pacific Title

Galitsky carded a final round 68 to secure the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific (WAAP) Championship by five shots

Eila Galitsky poses in front of the Major trophies
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16-year-old, Eila Galitsky, produced a fantastic performance at the Singapore Island Country Club, with the Thai carding a four-under-par 68 to earn starts in the AIG Women's Open, the Amundi Evian Championship and The Chevron Championship.

Along with the three Majors, Galitsky will also appear at the Hana Financial Group Championship, ISPS Handa Australian Open, the 120th Women's Amateur Championship and an invitation to play in the Augusta National Women's Amateur (ANWA).

Now in its fifth year, the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific (WAAP) Championship provides a great opportunity for young amateurs to make a mark in the golf world. Going into the final round, Galitsky held a three shot lead and, after a couple of birdies through 12 holes, the lead was five.

A bogey at the 14th followed, which did reduce her lead to four, but the 16-year-old finished in style in Singapore, as she birdied three of her final four holes. The exceptional conclusion gave her a five shot win over Minsol Kim, who carded a two-under round of 70 on Sunday.

Galitsky, who holds dual nationality of Thailand and Canada, was ranked 193rd in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) coming into the week but, following her 14-under tournament total, we can expect that ranking to rise, with Galitsky joining Atthaya Thitikul as the second player from Thailand to triumph.

Eila Galitsky speaks into the microphone after her victory

Galitsky speaks to the media after her historic victory

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“Honestly, I am just trying to enjoy every single moment of it,” Galitsky said about the chance to play in the three Major championships. “What an opportunity I’ve got. I just need to try to savour every moment.

“I am looking forward to playing the AIG Women’s Open, as I feel like it is ‘the’ championship for women’s golf. Honestly, any Major would be great, but I just really like that one.”

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

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