Canada Holds On To Lead As Korea Inches Closer

By International Golf Federation
September 5, 2014

Australia's Minjee Lee, the 2012 U.S. Girls' Junior champion and currently No. 1 in the Women's World Amateur Golf Ranking, fired an 8-under 64 on Friday, the lowest individual score of the championship. (USGA/Steven Gibbons)

KARUIZAWA, Japan– Brooke Mackenzie Henderson and Brittany Marchand combined for 9-under-par 135 in the third round as Canada held off defending champion Republic of Korea and maintained a two-stroke lead through 54 holes at the 2014 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship at Karuizawa 72 Golf East.

“We had some super-solid play out there,” said Canadian captain Liz Hoffman. “But, we left a few shots out there. We were focused and had a strong start.”

Henderson, 16, No. 2 in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking™ (WWAGR), fired a 6-under-par 66 and Marchand, 22, added a 69 to give the Canadians a three-round total of 23-under-par 409, second-best in history. Augusta James shot a non-counting 72.

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“It is awesome to play with such skilled players who push you to the next level,” said Henderson, who won a Canadian women’s professional event in 2012 at age 14 and earned 2014 U.S. Women’s Open low-amateur honors. “We are excited to be in the position we are in at such a great golf course in Japan.”

The round was suspended because of dangerous weather at 3:27 p.m. with only Canada, Japan and Korea still on the course. Play resumed at 5:16 p.m., following a delay of one hour and 39 minutes.

“There was some great competition out there,” Marchand said of playing with the Koreans and Japanese. “We pushed them and they pushed us.”

Two-time defending champion Korea received a 66 from Hye-Jin Choi and a 68 from Gyeol Park to pass Japan and finish in second position at 21-under 411.

Even with a completely new squad from the 2010 and 2012 winners, Korea is attempting to become the first team to capture three consecutive Espirito Santo Trophy competitions since the USA in 1980, 1982 and 1984.

“We tried hard and we putted better today and our irons were very good,” said Korean captain Se-Hoon Chang. “It will be really interesting tomorrow. This event has such good players. We hope to defend the trophy, but you never know.”

Korea’s third-round 134 ties for the lowest in WWATC annals and was matched by Australia.

The Australians climbed to fourth place at 16-under 416 fueled by Minjee Lee’s bogey-free 8-under-par 64, which is the 2014 WWATC’s lowest individual score and the second-best in history. Teammate Su Oh posted a 70.

Host Japan is third, six strokes behind Canada at 415. Spain is fifth at 417 and Denmark and the USA are tied for sixth after 8-under rounds of 136 at 418. Germany and Sweden share eighth place at 419 and England and Mexico are tied for 10th at 420.

“I holed more putts today than I did the last two days,” said Lee, who tied for 22nd at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open and is the 2012 U.S. Girls’ Junior champion.  “I wasn’t hitting it close but if it was inside 15 feet, I usually made it.”

“She was superb but you could see it coming,” said Australian captain Matt Cutler of Lee, who is No. 1 in the WWAGR™ and the winner of the 2014 Mark H. McCormack Medal. “It’s an amazing round. She was flawless today.”

Cutler was realistic about his team’s chances of overtaking the leaders.

“Our target is to go lower than we did today. We don’t want to put a number on it,” said Cutler. “Whoever is going to win is going to be playing well.”

“Our goal today was to go as low as possible,” said Lee, “Tomorrow, we will just have to play our best to see if we can catch up. That’s all we can do.”

The USA had its best round of the championship thus far on Friday, posting a team score of 8-under 136, with both Alison Lee and Emma Talley carding scores of 4-under 68. Reigning U.S. Women’s Amateur champion Kristen Gillman was solid, as well, turning in a non-counting 2-under 70. The USA will begin Saturday’s final round nine strokes behind Canada.

“I just made some putts today. I still hit the ball well but today I made some putts. That’s golf,” said Talley, the 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion, who improved her score for the second straight day after opening with 77. “It’s never over until it’s over but it’s still not easy. It’s obvious we have to go low and finish strong. If we don’t, at least we made a good run at it.”

Alison Lee’s 68 on Friday was her third straight under-par round of the championship.

The Women’s World Amateur Team Championship is a biennial international amateur competition conducted by the International Golf Federation (IGF), which comprises 137 national governing bodies in 131 countries. The competition, which is being held for the 26th time, is rotated among three geographic zones: Asia-Pacific, Americas and Europe-Africa. 

This year’s event is hosted by the Japan Golf Association. The teams play for the Espirito Santo Trophy. The IGF is the international federation for golf for the International Olympic Committee and will conduct the Olympic golf competition in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. In each round, the total of the two lowest scores from each team constitutes the team score for the round. The four-day (72-hole) total is the team’s score for the championship.

Poland’s Nastasia Kossacky scored a hole-in-one on the 138-yard seventh hole on the Iriyama Course en route to a 4-under-par 68.

For the final round, the top half of team scoring will play the Iriyama Course and the other half will play Oshitate.

 

KARUIZAWA, Japan (5 Sept.) -- Results of Friday’s third round of the 2014 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship played at the par 72, 6,309-yard/5,765-meter Oshitate Course (OC) and the par 72, 6,311-yard/5,768-meter Iriyama Course (IC) at Karuizawa 72 Golf East.

1. Canada (CAN) - 135 OC-139 IC-135 OC--409

  Brooke Mackenzie Henderson 66-69-66--201

  Brittany Marchand 71-70-69--210

  Augusta James 69-76-72--217

2. Republic of Korea (KOR) - 137 IC-140 OC-134 OC--411

  So-Young Lee 67-69-70--206

  Hye-Jin Choi 70-71-66--207

  Gyeol Park 75-75-68--218

3. Japan (JPN) - 144 IC-132 OC-139 OC--415

  Minami Katsu 74-65-69--208

  Yumi Matsubara 70-69-70--209

  Eri Okayama 78-67-70--215

4. Australia (AUS) - 144 IC-138 OC-134 OC--416

  Minjee Lee 73-70-64--207

  Su Oh 71-68-70--209

  Shelly Shin 74-70-72--216

5. Spain (ESP) - 142 IC-136 OC-139 OC--417

  Noemi Jimenez Martin 70-66-70--206

  Marta Sanz Barrio 72-71-69--212

  Luna Sobron Galmes 76-70-74--220

T6. Denmark (DEN) - 143 IC-139 OC-136 OC--418

  Emily Kristine Pedersen 75-67-69--211

  Nanna Koerstz Madsen 69-72-70--211

  Caroline Nistrup 74-74-67--215

T6. United States of America (USA) - 142 OC-140 IC-136 OC--418

  Alison Lee 68-70-68--206

  Kristen Gillman 74-70-70--214

  Emma Talley 77-72-68--217

T8. Germany (GER) - 143 IC-136 OC-140 OC--419

  Olivia Cowan 71-67-71--209

  Laura Funfstuck 72-69-69--210

  Antonia Scherer 78-73-76--227

T8. Sweden (SWE) - 143 OC-135 IC-141 OC--419

  Linnea Strom 71-67-71--209

  Madelene Sagstrom 72-68-70--210

  Louise Ridderstrom 73-75-77--225

T10. England (ENG) - 147 IC-134 OC-139 OC--420

  Bronte Law 71-65-67--203

  Hayley Davis 76-69-72--217

  Gabriella Cowley 76-75-77--228

T10. Mexico (MEX) - 142 IC-139 OC-139 OC--420

  Maria Gabriela Lopez Butron 69-68-69--206

  Ana Paula Valdes 75-71-70--216

  Marijosse Navarro Miguez 73-72-74--219

12. Philippines (PHI) - 143 OC-143 IC-135 OC--421

  Princess Superal 71-72-68--211

  Clare Amelia Legaspi 72-72-67--211

  Pauline Del Rosario 74-71-75--220

T13. India (IND) - 141 IC-140 OC-143 OC--424

  Gurbani Singh 72-70-70--212

  Aditi Ashok 69-70-73--212

  Astha Madan 75-76-76--227

T13. Italy (ITA) - 141 OC-147 IC-136 OC--424

  Virginia Elena Carta 69-74-68--211

  Roberta Liti 74-73-68--215

  Laura Lonardi 72-74-74--220

T15. France (FRA) - 140 IC-142 OC-143 OC--425

  Celine Boutier 71-70-70--211

  Mathilda Cappeliez 69-74-73--216

  Manon Gidali 73-72-74--219

T15. People's Republic of China (CHN) - 146 IC-140 OC-139 OC--425

  Yuting Shi 70-69-69--208

  XinYing Wang 77-71-70--218

  Ziqi Ye 76-71-72--219

17. Netherlands (NED) - 143 IC-145 OC-138 OC--426

  Anne Van Dam 68-69-67--204

  Dewi Weber 75-76-71--222

  Romy Meekers 76-78-71--225

18. Finland (FIN) - 145 IC-144 OC-139 OC--428

  Oona Vartiainen 68-70-72--210

  Emily Penttila 82-74-68--224

  Mitilda Castren 77-79-71--227

19. Norway (NOR) - 148 OC-143 IC-138 OC--429

  Tonje Daffinrud 72-70-66--208

  Mariell Bruun 77-73-72--222

  Nicoline Skaug 76-79-78--233

T20. Austria (AUT) - 146 OC-142 IC-145 OC--433

  Lea Zeitler 70-69-73--212

  Leonie Bettel 77-73-72--222

  Nadine Dreher 76-78-74--228

T20. Chinese Taipei (TPE) - 146 OC-148 IC-139 IC--433

  Ssu-Chia Cheng 72-71-68--211

  Jo-Hua Hung 74-77-71--222

  Chi-Hui Chen 82-83-78--243

22. Wales (WAL) - 146 IC-144 OC-145 OC--435

  Chloe Williams 71-74-70--215

  Rebecca Helen Harries 79-70-77--226

  Katie Bradbury 75-77-75--227

T23. Argentina (ARG) - 145 IC-146 OC-145 OC--436

  Magdalena Simmermacher 71-75-70--216

  Manuela Carbajo Re 74-71-75--220

  Delfina Acosta 74-75-75--224

T23. Thailand (THA) - 152 IC-145 OC-139 IC--436

  Suthavee Chanachai 74-73-70--217

  Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras 79-72-69--220

  Pajaree Anannarukarn 78-73-74--225

T25. Belgium (BEL) - 147 OC-145 IC-145 OC--437

  Manon De Roey 70-72-72--214

  Leslie Cloots 79-73-74--226

  Fanny Cnops 77-78-73--228

T25. Colombia (COL) - 147 IC-142 OC-148 OC--437

  Laura Sojo 72-71-74--217

  Laura Camila Blanco 77-71-74--222

  Maria Hoyos 75-77-76--228

T25. Ireland (IRL) - 141 OC-150 IC-146 OC--437

  Paula Grant 70-75-73--218

  Maria Dunne 71-75-78--224

  Mary Doyle 80-76-73--229

T28. Puerto Rico (PUR) - 147 IC-146 OC-145 IC--438

  Maria F. Torres 74-73-72--219

  Paola Robles 73-78-73--224

  Valeria S. Pacheco 78-73-78--229

T28. South Africa (RSA) - 142 OC-144 IC-152 OC--438

  Michaela Fletcher 69-73-77--219

  Monja Richards 76-71-75--222

  Cara Bella Gorlei 73-73-78--224

T30. Hong Kong, China (HKG) - 146 OC-151 IC-143 IC--440

  Tiffany Chan 71-77-72--220

  Kitty Tam 76-74-71--221

  Isabella Leung 75-77-75--227

T30. Iceland (ISL) - 149 IC-147 OC-144 IC--440

  Gudrun Bjorgvinsdottir 75-72-73--220

  Olafia Thorunn Kristinsdottir 74-75-71--220

  Sunna Vidisdottir 75-81-78--234

T30. Slovenia (SLO) - 148 IC-146 OC-146 IC--440

  Katja Pogacar 71-74-70--215

  Ana Belac 77-72-76--225

  Ursa Oreheu 81-75-81--237

33. New Zealand (NZL) - 154 IC-138 OC-149 OC--441

  Munchin Keh 76-68-76--220

  Julianne Alvarez 78-70-73--221

  Zoe-Beth Brake 79-76-77--232

34. Singapore (SIN) - 150 IC-146 OC-147 IC--443

  Sock Hwee Koh 75-68-75--218

  Jo Ee Kok 75-78-78--231

  Amanda Tan 78-82-72--232

35. Switzerland (SUI) - 146 OC-149 IC-150 IC--445

  Albane Valenzuela 75-72-73--220

  Kim Metraux 71-78-77--226

  Morgane Metraux 76-77-79--232

T36. Poland (POL) - 148 OC-154 IC-148 IC--450

  Nastasia Kossacky 73-76-68--217

  Dominika Gradecka 75-78-80--233

  Dorota Zalewska 82-82-80--244

T36. Russian Federation (RUS) - 149 OC-153 IC-148 IC--450

  Sofya Anokhina 74-80-73--227

  Ksenia Eremina 75-75-82--232

  Angelina Monakhova 80-78-75--233

38. Czech Republic (CZE) - 150 IC-154 OC-149 IC--453

  Hana Ryskova 74-76-76--226

  Barbora Bakova 76-78-78--232

  Karolina Vlckova 80-80-73--233

39. Brazil (BRA) - 150 OC-151 IC-153 IC--454

  Luiza Altmann 75-74-77--226

  Luciane Lee 75-77-76--228

  Clara Teixeira 75-80-80--235

40. Guatemala (GUA) - 151 OC-149 IC-155 IC--455

  Lucia Polo 71-73-74--218

  Pilar Echeverria 80-76-81--237

  Beatriz Arenas 84-95-88--267

41. Scotland (SCO) - 154 IC-151 OC-152 IC--457

  Gemma Dryburgh 75-76-73--224

  Gabrielle Macdonald 79-75-79--233

  Eilidh Briggs 80-NC-NC--NC

42. Venezuela (VEN) - 153 OC-153 IC-155 IC--461

  Maria Andreina Merchan 75-76-75--226

  Ariadna Fonseca 78-78-80--236

  Nicole Ferre 81-77-80--238

43. Slovakia (SVK) - 151 OC-153 IC-159 IC--463

  Natalia Heckova 74-76-78--228

  Lea Klimentova 81-77-81--239

  Aneta Abrahamova 77-83-81--241

44. Turkey (TUR) - 155 OC-157 IC-155 IC--467

  Elcin Ulu 78-79-76--233

  Damla Bilgic 77-78-82--237

  Sena Ersoy 84-79-79--242

45. Portugal (POR) - 167 OC-154 IC-157 IC--478

  Susana Mendes Ribeiro 80-83-79--242

  Leonor Bessa 88-78-78--244

  Ines Barbosa 87-76-84--247

46. Bolivia (BOL) - 162 OC-165 IC-163 IC--490

  Tamara Paz 81-83-81--245

  Michelle Ledermann 81-82-82--245

47. Guam (GUM) - 164 OC-168 IC-160 IC--492

  Kristin Oberiano 82-82-78--242

  Nalathai Vongjalorn 82-86-82--250

  Rachael Peterson 91-88-86--265

48. Serbia (SRB) - 171 OC-174 IC-176 IC--521

  Ariana Savic 79-88-85--252

  Tamara Palkovljevic 92-86-91--269

49. Gabon (GAB) - 183 OC-198 IC-181 IC--562

  Lea Ndjobouela 87-91-85--263

  Corine Beyeme 96-107-96--299

50. Ukraine (UKR) - 185 OC-196 IC-183 IC--564

  Galyna Zagorodnia 87-91-92--270

  Mariia Pedenko 98-106-91--295

  Valeriia Sapronova 103-105-105--313

 

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