Team Korea Extends Lead At World Junior Girls Championship

Eun-Soo Jang, Korea (Photo: Joe McLean, Flagstick.com)
Eun-Soo Jang, Korea (Photo: Joe McLean, Flagstick.com)
Eun-Soo Jang, Korea (Photo: Joe McLean, Flagstick.com)

After round one at the World Junior Girls Golf Championship the Coach of Team Republic of Korea said his girls still had some things to improve on even though they had an early two shot lead.

He was right, and his trio of players responded – growing their lead to six strokes with 36 holes remaining in the championship.

“I am very satisfied with both the scores and details of today’s performance,” said Korean coach Sang-Won Ko. “Yesterday the scores were fine, but the details weren’t where we wanted them to be. Today everything went well.”

The round of the tournament so far came Wednesday from Korean team member Eun-soo Jang who posted at 5 under par, 67, at The Marshes Golf Club, a premier golf facility located in the west end of Ottawa, Ontario.

Not feeling 100% due to a lingering cold 17 year-old Jang was feeling much better today. “Yesterday, I was struggling. Today, I got back to my game and gave myself more chances to make birdies. My wedge play was the strongest part of my game today. My shots from 80-yards-in were really good. I stuck many of them to within a foot or two on many of the holes.”

Jang’s score pushed the Team Korea cumulative score to -9, six better than their nearest rivals, Team Denmark. Jang’s play was supported by day one individual co-leader Hye-jin Choi who added a 71 to her first round 70 but it did not count for the team score as Shun Hye Kim contributed a 70 today. Only the two lowest scores count for each team.

Jang and Choi now sit in 1st and 3rd individually.

Cecilie Bofill of  Denmark, who was tied for fourth after round one, worked her way into second place today courtesy of a 68 that included five birdies.  

The play of Bofill has helped her squad move into second place in the team competition.

The very young Canadians teams continue to struggle at The Marshes and sit in 12th (Canada Two) and 14th (Canada One), respectively.

Alisha Lau of Richmond, B.C. is currently the top Canadian player.  The 16 year-old posted a 74 in round two and shares 24th place individually.

Head Coach of Team Canada One, Ann Carroll, was frank about the play of the team and possibly why they struggled. “I think they tried a little too hard today. I think some of them got off to a not-so-great start and after that, they started to force things instead of letting things come to them. I tried my best to get them in the right frame of mind and back to where they could control things.”

Carroll remains positive on the experience as a whole. “I think playing in an international event like this excels their learning and gives them confidence that even though they may not have played their best, they still know they can play against other girls from around the world.”

The third round of the World Junior Girls Championship will begin Thursday at 8 a.m. Additional information regarding the tournament, including tee times and full results, can be found at www.worldjuniorgirls.com.

Team Leaderboard

1 Korea, Republic Of Korea -7 F -9 142 137 279
2 Denmark Denmark -4 F -3 145 140 285
3 Sweden Sweden -1 F -1 144 143 287
4 France France -2 F * E 146 142 288
5 Spain Spain E F +2 146 144 290
6 Australia Australia +3 F +5 146 147 293
7 United States United States of America +6 F +6 144 150 294
8 Norway Norway +7 F * +8 145 151 296
9 Mexico Mexico +7 F +9 146 151 297
T10 England England +4 F +10 150 148 298
T10 Italy Italy +8 F * +10 146 152 298
12 Canada Canada 2 +5 F * +12 151 149 300
13 Finland Finland +8 F * +14 150 152 302
14 Canada Canada 1 +15 F +23 152 159 311
15 China China +14 F * +26 156 158 314

Individual Leaderboard

1 Korea, Republic Of Eun-soo Jang  Korea -5 F -5 72 67 139
2 Denmark Cecilie Bofill  Denmark -4 F -4 72 68 140
3 Korea, Republic Of Hye-jin Choi  Korea -1 F -3 70 71 141
4 France Pauline Roussin-Bouchard  France -5 F * -2 75 67 142
T5 Spain Elena Hualde Zuniga  Spain -3 F -1 74 69 143
T5 Sweden Frida Kinhult  Sweden -1 F -1 72 71 143
T7 England Inci Mehmet  England E F E 72 72 144
T7 Sweden Filippa Moork  Sweden E F E 72 72 144
T9 Denmark Puk Lyng Thomsen  Denmark E F +1 73 72 145
T9 United States Elizabeth Wang  United States of America +3 F +1 70 75 145
T11 Korea, Republic Of Shin Hye Kim  Korea -2 F +2 76 70 146
T11 Norway Sandra Nordaas  Norway +2 F * +2 72 74 146
T13 France Anais Meyssonnier  France +3 F * +3 72 75 147
T13 Spain Paz Marfa Sans  Spain +3 F +3 72 75 147
T13 Finland Anna Backman  Finland +3 F * +3 72 75 147
T16 Australia Hannah Green  Australia +4 F +4 72 76 148
T16 Denmark Line Toft Hansen  Denmark +3 F +4 73 75 148
T16 Australia Karis Davisdon  Australia E F +4 76 72 148
T16 Sweden Elin Esborn  Sweden +3 F +4 73 75 148
T20 Mexico Isabella Fierro  Mexico +3 F +5 74 75 149
T20 Mexico Ana Paula Valdes  Mexico +5 F +5 72 77 149
T20 Australia Rebecca Kay  Australia +3 F +5 74 75 149
T20 United States Alyaa Abdulghany  United States of America +3 F +5 74 75 149
T24 Mexico Maria Fassi  Mexico +4 F +6 74 76 150
T24 Italy Carolina Caminoli  Italy +7 F * +6 71 79 150
T24 Norway Renate Grimstad  Norway +5 F * +6 73 77 150
T24 Canada Alisha Lau  Canada +2 F * +6 76 74 150
28 Italy Angelica Moresco  Italy +1 F * +7 78 73 151
T29 Spain Maria Herraez Galvez  Spain +3 F +8 77 75 152
T29 United States Courtney Dow  United States of America +3 F +8 77 75 152
31 France Elisabeth Codet  France +7 F * +9 74 79 153
T32 England Hollie Muse  England +4 F +10 78 76 154
T32 Canada Kathrine Chan  Canada +3 F * +10 79 75 154
T32 Canada Euna Han  Canada +7 F * +10 75 79 154
T32 Canada Tiffany Kong  Canada +7 F +10 75 79 154
T36 China Jin Man  China +3 F * +11 80 75 155
T36 England Sophie Lamb  England +5 F +11 78 77 155
38 Italy Carlotta Ricolfi  Italy +9 F * +12 75 81 156
39 Canada Hannah Lee  Canada +8 F +13 77 80 157
40 Norway Karoline Lund  Norway +6 F * +14 80 78 158
T41 China Wang Ziyi  China +11 F * +15 76 83 159
T41 Canada Grace St-Germain  Canada +9 F +15 78 81 159
43 Finland Katri Bakker  Finland +5 F * +17 84 77 161
44 Finland Daniella Barrett  Finland +18 F * +24 78 90 168