The world number one amateur golfer Lydia Ko saved her best to last to lead New Zealand to a runner-up finish in the final day of the 34th Queen Sirikit Cup in Singapore Friday night.
The North Harbour teenager fired a four under par 68 in the final round at the Tanah Merah Country Club Garden Course to help New Zealand win the close battle for second place.
Defending champions South Korea trumped the rest of the field again on the last day, clinching their sixth consecutive crown in the event.
The Koreans finished with a three-day total of 413 strokes, 25 strokes ahead of New Zealand (438), who were fourth going into the final day but moved up the standings on the strength of a stellar showing from young superstar Ko.
Ko, who turned 15 at the tournament, says she felt good playing the final round and just stumbled with a lone bogey.