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Canada Finishes 9th At Women’s World Amateur Team Championship

Team Canada at the 2016 WWATC (L-R: Tristan Mullally, Josee Doyon, Naomi Ko, Maddie Szeryk, Liz Hoffman) Photo: Jeff Thompson, Golf Canada, Twitter
Team Canada at the 2016 WWATC (L-R: Tristan Mullally, Josee Doyon, Naomi Ko, Maddie Szeryk, Liz Hoffman) Photo: Jeff Thompson, Golf Canada, Twitter
Team Canada at the 2016 WWATC (L-R: Tristan Mullally, Josee Doyon, Naomi Ko, Maddie Szeryk, Liz Hoffman) Photo: Jeff Thompson, Golf Canada, Twitter

(Via International Golf Federation) RIVIERA MAYA, Mexico – The Republic of Korea won its fourth Espirito Santo Trophy by a record-equalling margin with a 72-hole total of 29-under-par 547 at the 27th Women’s World Amateur Team Championships at Mayakoka El Camaleon Golf Club.

“The key is the team play,” said Korean captain Sang-Won Ko. “We have been interviewed over the last few days and the players have been so focused on team play. That makes everyone tight and makes for good results.”

The other medals were won by Switzerland, in second, at 8-under 568 and Ireland, in third, at 7-under 569.

In 14 WWATCs, the Koreans have taken seven medals in total: four gold (1996, 2010, 2012 and 2016), two silvers and one bronze.

Teenagers Hye Jin Choi, 17, and Min Ji Park, 16, each shot 5-under-par 67 to post a final-round 134, which is second-best to Australia’s 131 in 2014. The Korean duo and Japan’s Nasa Hatoaka shared the day’s low round.

“I travel a lot and the first question is always ‘Why is your women’s game so strong?’ And my first answer is we have a greater number of players and they are trying really hard,” said Ko. “Their target is to turn professional. We may be a small country in terms of the land and the population but we have more than 3,000 junior players and they are willing to turn professional, which is really a huge number compared to the U.S. and Europe so that’s why I believe our women’s golf is strong.”

Korea’s 21-stroke margin of victory over second-place Switzerland tied the championship record set by the USA in Chile in 1998. The 72-hole total (547) is also tied for second-lowest score by a champion. The lowest winning score was 546 by the Republic of Korea in 2010, when they won by 17 strokes.

The nation has finished in the top 10 in 12 of its 14 appearances. The Koreans are tied for fourth in most overall WWATC medals with Sweden and Great Britain and Ireland. Only the USA, with 13, has won more gold medals than the Koreans.

After three rounds, the Koreans held a 14-stroke cushion over Switzerland but, in the fourth round, they kept their low-scoring pace as Choi, the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open low amateur, and Park, the 2016 Australian Women’s Amateur champion, shot 6-under 30 and 4-under 32, respectively, at the par 72, 6,295-yard/5,752-meter Mayakoba El Camaleon Golf Club.

The other course used for the championship was the par 72, 6,167-yard/5,637-meter Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club

“We did really well last time (third in 2014), but we couldn’t do as well as we hoped,” said Choi. “But this time we really did our best and we performed really well, so I am very happy now.”

Although there is no official recognition, Choi led the individual scoring with a 14-under-par total of 274.

Sisters Kim and Morgane Metraux, shot 69 and 72, respectively, for the Swiss, who won their first medal in 23 appearances, with a best finish of tied for fourth in 1988. This marks their fifth top 10 finish.

“It feels great,” said Kim, who plays at Florida State University with her sibling and teammate. “We never thought we would win a medal before coming here. We came with no expectations, just to play as well as we could. It’s incredible that we have won a medal.”

“It’s a great historic moment for Switzerland,” said Swiss captain Annette Weber. “The players performed great in very hot conditions and I am very proud of this team for winning the silver medal.”

In a dual that lasted most of the afternoon, Ireland, on the stellar play of Olivia Mehaffey (4-under 68) and World Amateur Golf Ranking No. 1 Leona Maguire (3-under 67), claimed third at 569, edging past Denmark in fourth at 570 and Thailand in fifth at 571.

Ireland also won its first medal in its seventh appearance but it did compete as a part of Great Britain and Ireland from 1966 through 2004. Its best finish previous finish was T-11th in 2010.

“I’m just so proud of them,” said Irish captain David Kearney. “We have got three amazing girls there, just incredible girls. They are all very serious about their golf and they work incredibly hard all year round when they are not at tournaments. I’m just delighted for them. It’s just brilliant.”

With Switzerland’s and Ireland’s respective second- and third-place finishes, 20 different countries are in the official medal count.

The USA, with a pair of 69s from Andrea Lee and Katelyn Dambaugh, finished in sixth at 574, followed by Spain in seventh at 575, Japan in eighth at 576, Canada in ninth at 581 and host Mexico in tenth at 582.

The Women’s World Amateur Team Championship is a biennial international amateur competition conducted by the International Golf Federation (IGF), which comprises 147 national governing bodies in 141 countries and 22 professional members.

The 28th Women’s World Amateur Team Championship will be played 29 Aug.-1 Sept., 2018 at Carton House Golf Club in Dublin, Ireland.

The competition, which was held for the 27th time this year, is rotated among three geographic zones: Asia-Pacific, Americas and Europe-Africa. This year’s event was hosted by the Mexican Golf Federation. The teams played for the Espirito Santo Trophy.

The IGF is the international federation for golf for the International Olympic Committee and conducted 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.

RIVERIA MAYA, Mexico — Results of Saturday’s fourth round of the 2016 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship played at the par 72, 6,295-yard/5,752-meter Mayakoba El Camaleon Golf Club (M) and the par 72, 6,167-yard/5,637-meter Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club (I).

1.Republic of Korea (KOR) – 138 I-137 M-138 I-134 M–547 (-29)

Hye jin Choi 70-69-68-67–274

Min ji Park 74-68-70-67–279

Hyun kyung Park 68-75-71-71–285

2.Switzerland (SUI) – 137 M-145 I-145 I-141 M–568 (-8)

Kim Metraux 69-72-69-69–279

Morgane Metraux 68-73-76-72–289

Azelia Meichtry 73-80-82-73–308

3.Ireland (IRL) – 146 M-141 I-145 I-137 M–569 (-7)

Leona Maguire 72-70-71-69–282

Olivia Mehaffey 74-71-75-68–288

Annabel Wilson 80-79-74-72–305

4.Denmark (DEN) – 151 M-137 I-144 I-138 M–570 (-6)

Puk Lyng Thomsen 73-67-70-66–276

Marie Lund-Hansen 78-73-74-72–297

Malene Kroelboell Hansen 80-70-75-83–308

5.Thailand (THA) – 145 I-143 M-143 I-140 M–571 (-5)

Pajaree Anannarukarn 74-69-73-70–286

Kanyalak Preedasuttijit 71-75-70-71–287

Manuschaya Zeemakorn 74-74-75-70–293

6.United States of America (USA) – 146 M-145 I-145 I-138 M–574 (-2)

Andrea Lee 74-73-70-69–286

Katelyn Dambaugh 72-72-78-69–291

Mariel Galdiano 74-73-75-74–296

7.Spain (ESP) – 151 M-143 I-141 I-140 M–575 (-1)

Maria Parra 75-70-70-68–283

Luna Sobron 78-73-71-74–296

Harang Lee 76-73-75-72–296

8.Japan (JPN) – 142 M-153 I-144 I-137 M–576 (Even)

Nasa Hataoka 71-76-72-67–286

Hina Arakaki 71-78-72-70–291

Yumi Matsubara 74-77-77-78–306

9.Canada (CAN) – 149 M-144 I-145 I-143 M–581 (+5)

Naomi Ko 75-66-71-70–282

Madeline Szeryk 74-78-74-73–299

Josee Doyon 78-80-81-78–317

10.Mexico (MEX) – 144 M-148 I-146 I-144 M–582 (+6)

Isabella Fierro 71-73-75-70–289

Maria Fassi 73-76-71-78–298

Ana Paula Valdes 80-75-78-74–307

11.Belgium (BEL) – 153 I-149 M-142 I-140 M–584 (+8)

Leslie Cloots 76-70-68-69–283

Diane Baillieux 78-84-74-71–307

Clarisse Louis 77-79-DQ-71–DQ

T12.Australia (AUS) – 147 M-147 I-149 I-144 M–587 (+11)

Hannah Green 74-73-73-76–296

Robyn Choi 73-75-76-73–297

Karis Davidson 75-74-82-71–302

T12.People’s Republic of China (CHN) – 143 M-147 I-151 I-146 M–587 (+11)

Yifan Ji 72-74-73-75–294

Wenbo Liu 71-75-78-71–295

Shan Pan 79-73-81-75–308

T14.Chinese Taipei (TPE) – 146 M-152 I-146 I-144 M–588 (+12)

Jo-Hua Hung 71-80-73-72–296

Ya-Chun Chang 75-75-73-79–302

Ching-Tzu Chen 78-77-76-72–303

T14.Italy (ITA) – 147 M-151 I-148 I-142 M–588 (+12)

Bianca Fabrizio 71-75-77-73–296

Laura Lonardi 77-79-74-69–299

Carlotta Ricolfi 76-76-74-75–301

16.Sweden (SWE) – 148 M-147 I-149 I-145 M–589 (+13)

Linnea Strom 74-73-74-73–294

Emma Henrikson 74-74-75-76–299

Frida Gustafsson Spang 80-79-75-72–306

T17.Czech Republic (CZE) – 148 I-150 M-146 I-146 M–590 (+14)

Karolina Vlckova 74-73-75-71–293

Katerina Vlasinova 74-81-83-75–313

Kristyna Frydlova 82-77-71-88–318

T17.England (ENG) – 147 M-150 I-147 I-146 M–590 (+14)

Meghan MacLaren 73-73-74-74–294

Alice Hewson 74-78-73-72–297

Gemma Clews 78-77-76-74–305

19.New Zealand (NZL) – 147 I-147 M-146 I-152 M–592 (+16)

Wenyung Keh 72-73-72-75–292

Julianne Alvarez 77-75-74-77–303

Chantelle Cassidy 75-74-79-78–306

20.Norway (NOR) – 147 I-152 M-149 I-146 M–594 (+18)

Renate Hjelle Grimstad 70-75-73-74–292

Stina Resen 77-77-78-75–307

Marthe Wold 84-78-76-72–310

21.Austria (AUT) – 146 M-145 I-157 I-147 M–595 (+19)

Leonie Bettel 73-73-81-72–299

Emma Spitz 75-72-76-80–303

Ines Fendt 73-76-81-75–305

T22.Ecuador (ECU) – 147 M-153 I-149 I-147 M–596 (+20)

Daniela Darquea 71-72-70-68–281

Anika Veintemilla 76-81-81-81–319

Coralia Arias 82-90-79-79–330

T22.Paraguay (PAR) – 148 I-146 M-148 I-154 M–596 (+20)

Sofia Garcia 74-72-73-79–298

Maria Fernanda Escauriza 74-74-77-75–300

Milagros Chaves 79-74-75-79–307

24.Colombia (COL) – 151 M-151 I-145 M-151 I–598 (+22)

Silvia Garces 72-72-70-74–288

Cynthia Diaz 79-79-76-77–311

Laura Sojo 81-82-75-85–323

T25.Puerto Rico (PUR) – 147 M-155 I-149 I-148 M–599 (+23)

Maria F. Torres 70-78-76-73–297

Valeria Sofia Pacheco 77-77-73-77–304

Yudika Ann Rodriguez 82-79-77-75–313

T25.South Africa (RSA) – 148 M-155 I-142 M-154 I–599 (+23)

Ivanna Samu 74-77-71-81–303

Cara Gorlei 74-78-76-78–306

Kaleigh Telfer 79-82-71-76–308

T27.France (FRA) – 152 M-152 I-149 M-147 I–600 (+24)

Agathe Laisne 76-76-71-75–298

Mathilda Cappeliez 76-76-78-72–302

Pauline Roussin-Bouchard 85-82-78-77–322

T27.Germany (GER) – 150 I-153 M-150 M-147 I–600 (+24)

Esther Henseleit 76-76-75-73–300

Sophie Hausmann 74-78-75-74–301

Antonia Eberhard 77-77-75-77–306

T27.Scotland (SCO) – 156 I-149 M-146 M-149 I–600 (+24)

Jessica Meek 76-75-74-73–298

Rachael Taylor 80-74-78-76–308

Connie Jaffrey 81-81-72-78–312

30.Netherlands (NED) – 149 M-155 I-146 M-151 I–601 (+25)

Dewi Weber 73-77-75-77–302

Roos Haarman 76-85-71-74–306

Zhen Bontan 77-78-76-77–308

31.India (IND) – 154 M-146 I-150 I-152 M–602 (+26)

Tvesa Malik 82-71-76-72–301

Gaurika Bishnoi 75-75-74-80–304

Diksha Dagar 79-78-76-80–313

T32.Argentina (ARG) – 159 M-148 I-145 M-151 I–603 (+27)

Ela Anacona 78-73-74-76–301

Agustina Zeballos 81-83-71-75–310

Magdalena Simmermacher 83-75-78-78–314

T32.Finland (FIN) – 150 I-153 M-150 M-150 I–603 (+27)

Emily Pentilla 76-74-75-77–302

Matilda Castren 74-80-77-73–304

Daniella Barrett 77-79-75-81–312

T34.Hong Kong, China (HKG) – 148 M-154 I-154 I-151 M–607 (+31)

Tiffany Chan 71-80-78-75–304

Mimi Ho 78-74-76-78–306

Michelle Cheung 77-80-80-76–313

T34.Russian Federation (RUS) – 159 I-148 M-154 M-146 I–607 (+31)

Sofia Anokhina 78-73-79-75–305

Sofya Morozova 81-75-80-71–307

Vera Markevich 84-80-75-81–320

36.Brazil (BRA) – 149 I-153 M-154 I-154 M–610 (+34)

Luiza Altmann 73-76-77-79–305

Lauren Grinberg 78-77-77-78–310

Clara Teixeira 76-83-79-76–314

37.Peru (PER) – 152 M-154 I-152 M-153 I–611 (+35)

Lucia Gutierrez 76-77-75-72–300

Maria Salinas Valle 76-79-77-81–313

Micaela Farah 79-77-79-82–317

T38.Slovakia (SVK) – 157 M-151 I-154 M-154 I–616 (+40)

Natalia Heckova 80-74-74-79–307

Lea Klimentova 79-77-80-75–311

Laila Hrindova 78-81-82-83–324

T38.Venezuela (VEN) – 157 I-153 M-150 M-156 I–616 (+40)

Stephanie Gellini 78-77-74-78–307

Valentina Gilly 79-76-76-78–309

Nicole Ferre 80-82-77-89–328

40.Wales (WAL) – 157 I-155 M-147 M-159 I–618 (+42)

Chloe Williams 78-79-70-77–304

Katherine O’Connor 83-76-77-82–318

Megan Lockett 79-86-79-86–330

41.Uruguay (URU) – 162 I-161 M-147 M-149 I–619 (+43)

Priscilla Schmid 82-81-72-74–309

Sofia Garcia Austt 80-80-75-75–310

Manuela Barros 82-88-78-88–336

42.Slovenia (SLO) – 157 M-162 I-148 M-153 I–620 (+44)

Katja Pogacar 78-78-69-73–298

Ana Belac 79-85-80-82–326

Nastja Banovec 85-84-79-80–328

T43.Guatemala (GUA) – 159 I-150 M-154 M-160 I–623 (+47)

Lucia Polo 80-73-75-81–309

Valeria Mendizabal 79-79-79-84–321

Pilar Echeverra 85-77-83-79–324

T43.Iceland (ISL) – 156 I-165 M-145 M-157 I–623 (+47)

Gudrun Bjorgvinsdottir 79-76-69-76–300

Berglind Bjornsdottir 77-89-78-81–325

Signy Arnorsdottir 79-90-76-84–329

T45.Chile (CHI) – 159 I-154 M-156 M-157 I–626 (+50)

Isidora Nilsson 84-75-76-73–308

Maria Jose Hurtado 75-79-80-90–324

Natalia Villavicencio 88-83-87-84–342

T45.Turkey (TUR) – 156 I-154 M-162 M-154 I–626 (+50)

Selin Timur 76-75-82-76–309

Sena Ersoy 82-82-80-78–322

Tugce Erden 80-79-86-89–334

47.Morocco (MAR) – 159 I-161 M-155 M-158 I–633 (+57)

Ines Laklalech 79-76-78-79–312

Houria El Abbadi 81-89-83-79–332

Lina Belmati 80-85-77-91–333

48.Poland (POL) – 158 I-156 M-164 M-161 I–639 (+63)

Dorota Zalewska 78-80-77-79–314

Nastasia Kossacky 80-76-87-85–328

Dominika Gradecka 85-86-88-82–341

49.Bolivia (BOL) – 165 I-167 M-156 M-162 I–650 (+74)

Daniela Siles 83-81-81-79–324

Michelle Ledermann 82-86-75-83–326

50.Latvia (LAT) – 165 I-175 M-160 M-164 I–664 (+88)

Anna Diana Svanka 78-83-74-75–310

Laila Forstmane 87-92-86-89–354

51.Bulgaria (BUL) – 174 I-172 M-158 M-166 I–670 (+94)

Sofia Seldemirova 85-80-79-85–329

Ivana Simeonova 89-96-79-81–345

Stefani Skokanska 95-92-85-93–365

52.Guam (GUM) – 172 I-174 M-171 M-161 I–678 (+102)

Rachael Peterson 83-85-87-83–338

Kristin Oberiano 89-89-84-78–340

Rose Tarpley 92-90-92-95–369

53.Ukraine (UKR) – 173 I-178 M-183 M-180 I–714 (+138)

Elvira Rastvortseva 85-85-89-89–348

Anna Avdieieva 88-93-94-91–366

Daria Horokhovska 99-103-99-97–398

54.Costa Rica (CRC) – 183 I-178 M-176 M-179 I–716 (+140)

Daniela Baudrit 91-92-86-89–358

Ximena Montealegre 92-89-91-91–363

Pamela Calderon 95-89-90-90–364

55.Tunisia (TUN) – 185 I-181 M-175 M-177 I–718 (+142)

Kenza Ladhari 84-84-86-88–342

Hadia Mansouri 101-97-89-89–376

Nour Ben Cherif 115-109-105-106–435