McCORMACK MEDAL WINNER – Australia’s Minjee Lee, 18, is the winner of
the Mark H. McCormack Medal for 2014, for holding the No. 1 position in the
Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking™ at the conclusion of the ranking period.
Lee tied for 22nd at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort
& Country Club. Also in 2014, she was second in the Australian Ladies
Masters, won the Victorian Open and defended her title at the Australian
Amateur. Lee was the champion at the 2012 U.S. Girls’ Junior.
WOMEN’S WORLD AMATEUR GOLF RANKING™ (Members of the Top 25 playing
Through week of Aug. 24
1 – Minjee Lee (AUS)
2 – Brooke Henderson (CAN)
3 – Alison Lee (USA)
4 – Nanna Madsen (DEN)
5 – Celine Boutier (FRA)
6 – Su-Hyun Oh (AUS)
9 – Linnea Strom (SWE)
10 – Gabriela Lopez (MEX)
11 – Marijosse Navarro (MEX)
15 – Marta Sanz (ESP)
19 – Emma Talley (USA)
21 – Kristen Gillman (USA)
25 – Minami Katsu (JPN)
YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES -- Six of the top 10 finishers at the recent Youth Olympic Games in
Nanjing, China, are competing in the 2014 WWATC. Gold medalist So-Young
Lee, of Korea, silver medalist Ssu-Chia Cheng, of Chinese
Taipei, as well as Olivia Cowan, of Germany and Virginia
Elena Carta, of Italy (tied for fourth), Emily Kristine Pederson,
of Denmark (sixth) and Julianne Alvarez, of New Zealand (seventh),
were among the top finishers in late August.
In addition, Linnea Strom and Marcus Kinhult of
Sweden won the gold medal in the mixed team event. Korea, with So-Young
Lee and Eun Ho Youm, was second and Italy, with Virginia Elena Carta and
Renato Paratore, was third.
USA WOMEN’S NCAA TEAM CHAMPIONS – Duke University’s 2014 National Collegiate
Athletic Association Division I championship team is represented at the
championship by Celine Boutier of France. She was also named
the Women’s Golf Coaches Association Player of the Year.
USA COLLEGE ALL-AMERICANS -- Following is a listing of the 12 players from
the 2014 WWATC who were named to the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA)
All-America teams for 2013-2014:
France -- Celine Boutier, Duke University
Spain – Noemi Jimenez, Arizona State University
Norway -- Tonje Daffinrud, University of Denver
USA -- Alison Lee, UCLA
Mexico -- Gaby Lopez, University of Arkansas
Finland -- Matilda Castren, Florida State University
Mexico -- Marijosse Navarro, Texas A&M University
Canada -- Augusta James, North Carolina State University
England -- Bronte Law, UCLA
Canada -- Brittany Marchand, North Carolina State
Sweden -- Louise Ridderstrom, UCLA
USA -- Emma Talley, University of Alabama
CURTIS CUP 2014 – The United States of America won the 2014 Curtis Cup Match, 13-7
over Great Britain and Ireland in June at St. Louis Country Club. Eilidh
Briggs and Gemma Dryburgh of Scotland, and Gabriella
Cowley and Bronte Law of England represented Great
Britain and Ireland. Law was also on GB&I’s winning team in 2012. The two
USA players from the Curtis Cup Match in the Women’s World Amateur Team
Championship are Emma Talley and Alison Lee.
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA CONNECTION -- The Women’s World Amateur Team Championship has
a deep connection to the University of Florida. Four Gator players and both of
its coaches are current or former participants.
21, of Slovenia, Karolina Vickova, 21, of the Czech Republic and Maria
Torres, 19, of Puerto Rico are players in 2014. Head coach Emily
Glaser played for the USA in 2002 and assistant coach Janice
Olivencia played for Puerto Rico in 2004 and Camila Hedberg played
for Spain in 2012.
THREE FROM LSU, FLORIDA STATE, UCLA -- Three American colleges have three players at
LSU – Madelene Sagstrom of Sweden, Nadine
Dreher of Austria and Caroline Nistrup of Denmark
UCLA – Louise Ridderstrom of Sweden, Bronte
Law of England and Alison Lee of USA
Florida State – sisters Kim and Morgane
Metraux of Switzerland and Matilda Castren of Finland
OLDEST AND YOUNGEST – Beatriz Arenas, 66, of Guatemala, is the oldest player in the
field. This is her 11th appearance at the WWATC as either a player or captain.
This is her eighth time as a player and third as a captain. She is a painter,
who specializes in nature and animals.
Four 14-year-olds are believed to be the youngest competitors: Jo-Hua
Hung, of Chinese Taipei; Maria Ines Barbosa, of Portugal;Dorota
Zalewska, of Poland; and Valeria Pacheco, of Puerto Rico.
LPGA QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT -- Three players in the WWATC advanced to the
second stage of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament (26-29 Aug.) in Rancho Mirage,
Calif., in the USA. Alison Lee of the USA posted the lowest
amateur score (T4) at 5-under-par 283. Also advancing were Augusta
James of Canada (T14, 287) and Marta Sanz Barrio of
Spain (T67, 296).
STORYLINES (Alphabetical By Country)
High school student Eui Kyung “Shelly” Shin, 16, won
the 2014 New South Wales Junior Championship and was a semifinalist at the 2014
U.S. Girls’ Junior in July.
In 2014, Su-Hyun Oh, 18, played at the British Women’s
Open (missing the cut) and the Kraft Nabisco (T51). She also was second at the
Canadian Women’s Amateur and a quarterfinalist at the U.S. Women’s Amateur.
Captain Christian Moyson is serving as the team
leader for the fifth time (2006-2014, consecutively). He is also the general
secretary of the Royal Belgian Golf Federation.
19, is playing in her second WWATC and was the runner-up at the 2014 British
Ladies Amateur. Her father is Belgian and her mother is Chinese.
21, speaks four languages – English, Portuguese, Spanish and German. She played
in the 2012 WWATC with her sister, Vitoria.
Brooke Mackenzie Henderson, 16, is representing Canada for the
second time and is currently No.2 in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking™.
He was the low amateur at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open (T10 after a final-round
69) and runner-up at the U.S. Women’s Amateur. This season, she was also won
the Porter Cup and a Canadian Women’s Tour Ontario stop.
Augusta James was
born on April 8, 1993 on the first day of the 57th Masters Tournament. She is
named for Augusta National Golf Club.
Captain Felipe Harker is participating in his
13th World Amateur Team Championship. He was a five-time participant as a
player and has been Colombia’s captain for eight championships (all since
2000). He is an orthopedic physician and the executive director of the
Colombian Golf Federation.
Captain Torben Nyehuus is serving in the position
for the fourth time (2008-2014). He was a caddie at the British Open
Championship in 2010 and 2011.
Captain Matti Lindholm played 15 seasons of
American football in Europe and led Finland to five European championship
games, with three titles. He was inducted in the inaugural class of the Finnish
American Football Hall of Fame in 2004 and the league’s Defender of the Year Trophy
is named in his honor.
Celine Boutier and Mathilda
Cappeliez both competed in the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open.
who played in the 2008 and 2010 WWATCs, is serving as captain for the first
time. In her business life, she is the press spokeswoman for Sky Deutschland.
Virginia Elena Carta, 17, attended circus school for three years when she was very
young. She won the German Boys and Girls Open in 2014, where she shot 66, her
lowest competitive round. She tied for fourth at the recent Youth Olympic Games
Captain Anna Roscio is married to 2005 U.S.
Amateur winner and European Tour player Edoardo Molinari. Her husband played
for Italy in the 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2004 World Amateur Team Championships She
was also captain in 2012.
Captain Marcela Coughlan is the sister of the
Mexican men’s captain, Jorge Coughlin, who led the team to a
silver-medal finish in Turkey in 2012. This is her fourth WWATC as captain.
Marijosse Navarro, who will turn 18 on 6 Sept., was the runner-up at the 2014 U.S.
Girls’ Junior Championship. She has already completed a semester of study at
Texas A&M University after graduating from high school a year and half
early. She has won three Mexican Women’s Amateur titles.
Zoe-Beth Brake, 22,
served for 2½ years in New Zealand’s Royal Navy before enrolling at Ohio State
University, where she is a sophomore and was named to the all-Big Ten
Conference team in 2014.
In 2014, Princess Superal, 17, won the U.S. Girls’
Junior Championship as well as the 27th Sea Games title.
Dominika Gradecka will celebrate her 18th birthday on the day of
the third round of the WWATC (5 Sept.). She is the youngest captain at this
Captain Laura Diaz works for The First Tee
national office in St. Augustine, Fla., in the USA. She currently oversees
logistics for approximately 15 national events, including the Nature Valley
First Tee Open at Pebble Beach (USA), during which she is the junior tournament
director. She competed for Puerto Rico three times and is serving as captain
for the second time.
Valeria Pacheco, 14, loves reading and writing. When she was in fifth grade, a
poem that she wrote was selected for publication in the “Anthology of Poetry by
REPUBLIC OF KOREA
17, was the individual champion and gold-medal winner at the 2014 Youth Olympic
Games in Nanjing, China, in late August.
Gabrielle Macdonald, 21, won the Scottish Ladies Amateur in May at Prestwick, the
first site of the British Open Championship in 1860, and calls the victory at
that historic venue her most memorable golf experience.
Captain Jui-Hui Lee played on the Japan Ladies
Tour. She competed in the WWATC in 1992 as a player.
16, was the silver medalist at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China,
in late August.
Galyna Zagorodnia, 25, is a Ph.D student at Kiev National Economic University and is
playing in her first WWATC. She was a Ukrainian champion in rhythmic
Valeriia Sapronova, 20, is playing in her second WWATC. In Turkey in 2012, she played
left-handed. In Japan in 2014, she will play right-handed. She made the
decision to switch in 2013.
19, was a quarterfinalist at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur last month and a member
of the USA’s winning team in the Curtis Cup Match in June. She has played in
three U.S. Women’s Open Championships, including her first at age 14 in 2009.
In 2014, she won the North & South Amateur and was the Pac-12 Conference’s
Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year.
20, won the U.S. Women’s Amateur in 2013 and was on the winning USA Team in the
Curtis Cup Match in June.
Kristen Gillman, 16, won the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur, defeating Brooke
Mackenzie Henderson of Canada, 2 up, by birdieing five of the final 10 holes in
the 36-hole championship match.
Captain Martha Lang played on the 1992 USA Team
in the Curtis Cup Match and was captain of the 1996 Team. She won the 1988 U.S.
Women’s Mid-Amateur and was chairman of the USGA’s Women’s Committee in 2011
20, who was a second-team All-America player at Barry University in 2013-14,
was a competitive horseback rider before she switched her passion to golf.
20, played on the Welsh Junior Girls squash team from age 13-18.