Canada Takes Halfway Lead At Copa de las Americas

In round one it was the ladies who carried the Canadian squad at the Copa de las Americas but in round two the men shouldered the load to give the team the lead halfway through the tournament.

Albin Choi and Corey Conners shot 68 and 69, respectively.  Their 7 under par score of 137 pushed Canada to a 16 stroke improvement over the opening round.  It was the second lowest single day score for a pair in the tournament’s history.

Augusta James of Bath, Ontario and Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls faltered slightly on the heels of a first round that grab them a share of the lead in the women’s portion of the competition.  They added scores of 76 (James) and 77 (Henderson) in round two.

After two rounds Team Canada is a combined 14-over par, with a 590 total, and leads by a slim one stroke margin.

The championship is conducted on the par-72 TPC Blue Monster Course at Doral Golf Resort & Spa Miami.

Day-one leader Argentina is Canada’s closest pursuer at 591, followed by Colombia (592), Mexico (594) and the United States of America (597).

Colombia remains atop the men’s leader board at 1-under 287, followed by Mexico (289) and Canada (290). The Canadian and Argentine women retained their shared lead in the women’s championship at 12-over 300, two strokes ahead of the USA (302).

The 2013 Copa de las Americas, conducted by the Americas Golf Association and hosted by the United States Golf Association, is a team event for amateurs in North, Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean. It consists of three 72-hole stroke-play competitions – overall, men and women – and the competitions end on Sunday.

Choi, a junior at North Carolina State University, recovered after shooting 4-over 76 on the tough Blue Monster during the first round.

“I didn’t play too well yesterday, so I kind of cleared my head, came out and had a better one today,” said Choi, winner of the 2012 Ontario Amateur Championship.

That better day included seven birdies, and his score would have been better if not for “a little hiccup” on the famed 18th hole. After hitting his tee shot into the water, Choi got up and down from a greenside bunker for a hard-earned bogey.

The Canadians took the overall lead despite an off day from the women’s contingent. Henderson, whose 71 on Thursday was the low women’s score of the day, was unable to maintain her momentum on Friday, registering six bogeys to only one birdie.

“I was able to make a few putts yesterday when I needed to,” said the 15-year-old Henderson. “Today, those putts just slid by.”

Canada won the first two overall Copa de las Americas championships, in 2003 and 2005, and Choi would like to wrest the trophy back from the USA, which won in 2007 and 2010.

“I definitely think we have a very good chance,” he said. “But there’s still two more days left, so we’ll see how it goes. It’s exciting, just thinking about it.”

 

Miami – Results from Friday’s second day of stroke play at the 2013 Copa de las Americas, being conducted at the par-72 TPC Blue Monster Course at Doral Golf Resort & Spa Miami (men, 7,099 yards; women, 6,205 yards):

Overall Championship

590 (300-290)             Canada (Albin Choi 76-68—144; Corey Conners 77-69—146; Brooke Mackenzie Henderson 71-77—148; Augusta James 76-76—152)
591 (293-298)             Argentina (Jaime López Rivarola 74-69—143; Alejandro Tosti 72-76—148; María Olivero 72-78—150; Delfina Acosta 75-75—150)
592 (295-297)             Colombia (Carlos Ernesto Rodriguez 71-71—142; Ricardo José Celia 70-75—145; Laura Blanco 75-70—145; Camila Serrano 79-81—160)
594 (298-296)             Mexico (Carlos Ortiz 68-74—142; Gabriela López 73-71—144; Rodolfo Cazaubon 77-70—147; Fabiola Arriaga 80-81—161)
597 (295-302)             USA (Chris Williams 71-75—146; Erynne Lee 73-75—148; Steven Fox 75-74—149; Lindy Duncan 76-78—154)
618 (312-306)             Trinidad and Tobago (Matthew Marquez 72-79—151; Talin Rajendranath 80-73—153; Monifa Sealy 78-78—156; Kelsey Lou-Hing 82-76—158)
622 (311-311)             Venezuela (Gustavo Morantes 73-73—146; Jorge Garcia 74-73—147; María Alejandra Merchán 82-82—164; Claudia de Antonio 82-83—165)
660 (335-325)             Guatemala (Lucia Polo 76-77—153; Sebastian Barnoya 82-78—160; Rodrigo Olivero 81-82—163; Pilar Echeverría 96-88—184)

Men’s Championship

287 (141-146)             Colombia (Carlos Ernesto Rodriguez 71-71—142; Ricardo José Celia 70-75—145)
289 (145-144)             Mexico (Carlos Ortiz 68-74—142; Rodolfo Cazaubon 77-70—147)
290 (153-137)             Canada (Albin Choi 76-68—144; Corey Conners 77-69—146)
291 (146-145)             Argentina (Jaime López Rivarola 74-69—143; Alejandro Tosti 72-76—148)
293 (149-144)             Puerto Rico (Erick Morales 74-71—145; Edward Figueroa 75-73—148)
293 (147-146)             Venezuela (Gustavo Morantes 73-73—146; Jorge Garcia 74-73—147)
295 (146-149)             USA (Chris Williams 71-75—146; Steven Fox 75-74—149)
301 (155-146)             Peru (Joaquin Lolas 76-67—143; Miguel Tola 79-79—158)
304 (152-152)             Trinidad and Tobago (Matthew Marquez 72-79—151; Talin Rajendranath 80-73—153)
305 (154-151)             Panama (Omar Tejeira 74-74—148; Miguel Ordoñez 80-77—157)
323 (163-160)             Guatemala (Sebastian Barnoya 82-78—160; Rodrigo Olivero 81-82—163)

Women’s Championship

300 (147-153)             Argentina (María Olivero 72-78—150; Delfina Acosta 75-75—150)
300 (147-153)             Canada (Brooke Mackenzie Henderson 71-77—148; Augusta James 76-76—152)
302 (149-153)             USA (Erynne Lee 73-75—148; Lindy Duncan 76-78—154)
305 (154-151)             Colombia (Laura Blanco 75-70—145; Camila Serrano 79-81—160)
305 (153-152)             Mexico (Gabriela López 73-71—144; Fabiola Arriaga 80-81—161)
314 (160-154)             Trinidad and Tobago (Monifa Sealy 78-78—156; Kelsey Lou-Hing 82-76—158)
329 (164-165)             Venezuela (María Alejandra Merchán 82-82—164; Claudia de Antonio 82-83—165)
337 (172-165)             Guatemala (Lucia Polo 76-77—153; Pilar Echeverría 96-88—184)

Miami – Groupings and starting times for Saturday’s third day of stroke play at the 2013 Copa de las Americas, being conducted at the par-72 TPC Blue Monster Course at Doral Golf Resort & Spa Miami (men, 7,099 yards; women, 6,205 yards):

First Tee

7:50 a.m. – Kelsey Lou-Hing, Trinidad and Tobago, +14; Lindy Duncan, USA, +10; Fabiola Arriaga, Mexico, +17
8 a.m. – Monifa Sealy, Trinidad and Tobago, +12; Erynne Lee, USA, +4; Gabriela López, Mexico, Even
8:10 a.m. – Talin Rajendranath, Trinidad and Tobago, +9; Steven Fox, USA, +5; Rodolfo Cazaubon, Mexico, +3
8:20 a.m. – Matthew Marquez, Trinidad and Tobago, +7; Chris Williams, USA, +2; Carlos Ortiz, Mexico, -2
8:30 a.m. – Camila Serrano, Colombia, +16; Delfina Acosta, Argentina, +6; Augusta James, Canada, +8
8:40 a.m. – Laura Blanco, Colombia, +1; María Olivero, Argentina, +6; Brooke Mackenzie Henderson, Canada, +4
8:50 a.m. – Ricardo José Celia, Colombia, +1; Alejandro Tosti, Argentina, +4; Corey Conners, Canada, +2
9 a.m. – Carlos Ernesto Rodriguez, Colombia, -2; Jaime López Rivarola, Argentina, -1; Albin Choi, Canada, Even

Tenth Tee

8 a.m. – Pilar Echeverría, Guatemala, +40; Claudia de Antonio, Venezuela, +21
8:10 a.m. – Lucia Polo, Guatemala, +9; María Alejandra Merchán, Venezuela, +20
8:20 a.m. – Rodrigo Olivero, Guatemala, +19; Jorge Garcia, Venezuela, +3
8:30 a.m. – Sebastian Barnoya, Guatemala, +16; Gustavo Morantes, Venezuela, +2
8:40 a.m. – Miguel Ordoñez, Panama, +13; Miguel Tola, Peru, +14; Edward Figueroa, Puerto Rico, +4
8:50 a.m. – Omar Tejeira, Panama, +4; Joaquin Lolas, Peru, -1; Erick Morales, Puerto Rico, +1