Korean Team Surges Ahead At World Junior Girls

Team Korea (Photo: Joe McLean, Flagstick.com)
Hye-Jin Choi stayed relaxed throughout round 3 at the World Junior Girls Golf Championship (Photo: Joe McLean, Flagstick.com)
Hye-Jin Choi stayed relaxed throughout round 3 at the World Junior Girls Golf Championship (Photo: Joe McLean, Flagstick.com)

OTTAWA (Golf Canada/ Golf Association of Ontario) – The team representing the Republic of Korea continued its strong play in the third round of the World Junior Girls Championship at The Marshes Golf Club in Ottawa.

The trio’s depth was again on display – for the third time in as many days, a different player led the team. The unit finished the day 6-under and now sits at 15-under 417 for the competition – 11 shots clear of second. Icheon native Shin Hye Kim led the way with six birdies and a bogey-free 3-under across the back nine. She finished the day at 4-under 68 to move into a tie for third at 2-under 214.

“I am extremely happy with my round. I was very lucky with my putting today. There were times when I made six or seven footers and that is something that rarely happens for me.”

Teammate, Hye-Jin Choi, a native of Paju-si, fired a 2-under 70 to reach 5-under in the tournament and reclaim the lead she held following the first round. Round two leader Eun-Soo Jang of Chang-Hyung finished the day 4-over 76 and sits alone in fifth for the tournament at 1-under.

“Even though this competition has an individual component, all three of us are only focused on the team competition,” added Kim when asked about her relationship with her squad. “The first day I was worried because I shot a 4-over. Throughout the round, I thought about what my teammates were doing, when I finished and found out what they had shot, I was instantly relieved. It felt like I had shot a 3-under myself.”

Filippa Moork began the round in third-place at even-par, but a 4-under performance propelled the native of Karlstad, Sweden into second. The 18-year-old is one-shot off the individual lead.

“It felt really good to tie for the low round. I played my own game,” said Moork. “It was fun out there today. It feels nice that my putts were going in.”

Team Sweden, consisting of Moork, Gothenburg’s Elin Esborn and Fiskebackskil’s Frida Kinhult, sits alone in second at 4-under 428 following a combined score of 3-under on the day. Esborn completed the round at 3-over 75 to sit T20 in the tournament at 223. Kinhult ended the day with a 74 and is currently alone in sixth.

“We did really well today,” said Sweden’s head coach Malin Thorberg. “Filippa putted really well today and made a lot of birdies. Frida, as well. It was a very good day on the greens. We are all really happy with today.”

Despite some difficult circumstances, Thorberg reflected very positively on the importance of this competition. “This is a really good learning experience for the girls. For Frida and Elin, it is their first time playing in this championship. We were without our clubs for the first two days (due to travel issues), but that was a good thing for the girls to learn – that these things can happen. They took it really well. From there, we just tried to be happy and do our best and learn as much as we could, both from other players and the course.”

Rounding out the top three is Team Denmark. The squad members made a move early in the round and found themselves just one back of Korea for the lead. However, they would fall back and sit at 2-under heading into the final round.

Silkeborg’s Cecilie Bofill, who is tied for third, led Denmark on the day. Bofill got off to a fast start with three birdies on the first five holes, but would end the round at 2-over 74 to sit 2-under for the tournament. Teammate Puk Lyng Thomsen, a native of Frederickshavn, was 1-over for the day and sits T8 at 2-over. The third member of the team, Gilleleje’s Line Toft Hansen, is T13 at 4-over after an even-par third round.

Team Canada Two’s Kathrine Chan of Richmond, B.C., posted a 2-over 74 on the day – her lowest round of the competition. Tied for 27th, she is the top Canadian in the individual standings at 12-over.

The final round of the World Junior Girls Championship will begin tomorrow 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 -6 F -15 142 137 138 417
2 Sweden Sweden -3 F -4 144 143 141 428
3 Denmark Denmark +1 F -2 145 140 145 430
4 France France +3 F +3 146 142 147 435
5 Spain Spain +4 F +6 146 144 148 438
6 United States United States of America +1 F +7 144 150 145 439
T7 Mexico Mexico E F +9 146 151 144 441
T7 Australia Australia +4 F +9 146 147 148 441
9 England England +6 F * +16 150 148 150 448
10 Finland Finland +5 F * +19 150 152 149 451
T11 Italy Italy +10 F * +20 146 152 154 452
T11 Norway Norway +12 F +20 145 151 156 452
13 Canada Canada 2 +9 F * +21 151 149 153 453
14 Canada Canada 1 +15 F * +38 152 159 159 470
15 China China +17 F * +43 156 158 161 475

Individual Leaderboard

1 Korea, Republic Of Hye-jin Choi  Korea -2 F -5 70 71 70 211
2 Sweden Filippa Moork  Sweden -4 F -4 72 72 68 212
T3 Korea, Republic Of Shin Hye Kim  Korea -4 F -2 76 70 68 214
T3 Denmark Cecilie Bofill  Denmark +2 F -2 72 68 74 214
5 Korea, Republic Of Eun-soo Jang  Korea +4 F -1 72 67 76 215
6 Sweden Frida Kinhult  Sweden +1 F E 72 71 73 216
7 France Pauline Roussin-Bouchard  France +3 F +1 75 67 75 217
T8 Spain Paz Marfa Sans  Spain -1 F +2 72 75 71 218
T8 Denmark Puk Lyng Thomsen  Denmark +1 F +2 73 72 73 218
T10 United States Elizabeth Wang  United States of America +2 F +3 70 75 74 219
T10 France Anais Meyssonnier  France E F +3 72 75 72 219
T10 Finland Anna Backman  Finland E F * +3 72 75 72 219
T13 United States Alyaa Abdulghany  United States of America -1 F +4 74 75 71 220
T13 Denmark Line Toft Hansen  Denmark E F +4 73 75 72 220
T15 Mexico Isabella Fierro  Mexico E F +5 74 75 72 221
T15 England Inci Mehmet  England +5 F * +5 72 72 77 221
T17 Mexico Maria Fassi  Mexico E F +6 74 76 72 222
T17 Spain Elena Hualde Zuniga  Spain +7 F +6 74 69 79 222
T17 Australia Hannah Green  Australia +2 F +6 72 76 74 222
T20 Australia Rebecca Kay  Australia +2 F +7 74 75 74 223
T20 Sweden Elin Esborn  Sweden +3 F +7 73 75 75 223
22 Mexico Ana Paula Valdes  Mexico +3 F +8 72 77 75 224
23 Norway Sandra Nordaas  Norway +8 F +10 72 74 80 226
T24 England Hollie Muse  England +1 F * +11 78 76 73 227
T24 Italy Angelica Moresco  Italy +4 F * +11 78 73 76 227
T24 Australia Karis Davisdon  Australia +7 F +11 76 72 79 227
T27 Canada Kathrine Chan  Canada +2 F * +12 79 75 74 228
T27 Italy Carolina Caminoli  Italy +6 F * +12 71 79 78 228
T29 France Elisabeth Codet  France +4 F +13 74 79 76 229
T29 Spain Maria Herraez Galvez  Spain +5 F +13 77 75 77 229
T31 United States Courtney Dow  United States of America +6 F +14 77 75 78 230
T31 China Jin Man  China +3 F * +14 80 75 75 230
T33 Norway Renate Grimstad  Norway +9 F +15 73 77 81 231
T33 Canada Tiffany Kong  Canada +5 F * +15 75 79 77 231
35 Canada Euna Han  Canada +7 F * +17 75 79 79 233
T36 Norway Karoline Lund  Norway +4 F +18 80 78 76 234
T36 Italy Carlotta Ricolfi  Italy +6 F * +18 75 81 78 234
38 Canada Alisha Lau  Canada +13 F * +19 76 74 85 235
T39 Finland Katri Bakker  Finland +7 F * +24 84 77 79 240
T39 Canada Hannah Lee  Canada +11 F * +24 77 80 83 240
41 Canada Grace St-Germain  Canada +10 F * +25 78 81 82 241
T42 Finland Daniella Barrett  Finland +5 F * +29 78 90 77 245
T42 China Wang Ziyi  China +14 F * +29 76 83 86 245