Republic of Korea Jumps Out To Early Lead At World Junior Girls Golf Championship

Seo-yun Kwon [Kanata, Ont.] - World Junior Girls Championship Photo: (Golf Canada/ Golf Ontario)

OTTAWA (Golf Canada/Golf Ontario)– The Republic of Korea were not fazed by the sweltering heat on Tuesday at The Marshes Golf Club, carding a score of 10 under to take the 18-hole lead at the fourth annual World Junior Girls Championship.

In temperatures upwards of 30 C, the Korean team recorded a score of 134 to build a one-stroke advantage over the American squad. The trio were paced by Seo-yun Kwon, who fired a 7-under-par 65 for a two-stroke cushion in the individual competition.

“For the first three or four holes I missed a couple birdie putts and that made me hot because I was angry,” said Kwon. “The turning point was a birdie on the sixth and at that point I didn’t even realize how warm it was.”

The 16-year-old thrived in the heat, recording five birdies and highlighting the day with an eagle on the par-5 14th.

“Right before you make a shot you imagine how it will go in your mind. During the practice round I tried to get on in three because it is a long hole,” said Kwon. “Today, my driver was so good that when I got to my ball, I realized I should try to reach with my three wood. My putter was also great today so the 14th went exactly how I imagined it would.”

The second-counting score for the Republic of Korea was registered by Yunji Jeong, who posted a 3-under-par 69 to sit tied for sixth. The Republic of Korea are no strangers to success at The Marshes Golf Club — they ran away with the competition when it was held at this same course in 2015, winning by a margin of 18 strokes.

“The course looks very friendly to Korean players, even though the shape and grass type are different,” added Kwon. “However, the shot has to be accurate because the fairways are narrow, including the landing zones, and there is bush on either side and those conditions are very similar to in Korea.”

Holding second place is America’s Gina Kim, who went 5 under on the back nine, including an eagle of her own on the 14th — one of two on the day. Third place is currently occupied by a trio of competitors at 4 under par: Hana Ryskova (Czech Republic), Alessia Nobilio (Italy) and Erica Shepherd (USA).

Emily Zhu, Canada’s youngest competitor from Richmond Hill, Ont., led both Canadian squads with an even-par 72 to sit T23 overall. The 13-year-old’s round was a positive note in what was otherwise a difficult opener for the host nation.

“I don’t think that it was the start that we wanted but the girls all played better than what they scored. I trust in the fact that they are hitting the ball well and that they are going to get better every day, that is our goal,” said Ann Carroll, coach of Canada One. “It is a 72-hole tournament and we will just focus on getting better every day. We’ll make today the high round and focus on trying to improve on the little things that make a big difference.”

With a total of 3-over 147, Canada Two comprised of Zhu, Euna Han (Coquitlam, B.C.) and Alyssa DiMarcantonio (Maple, Ont.) are tied for 15th place.

The second round will begin at 8 a.m. with no cut for the tournament.

Additional information from the competition can be found here.

Team Leaderboard

Pos Team Today Thru Total R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 Korea, Republic Of Republic of Korea -10 F -10 134 134
2 United States United States of America -9 F -9 135 135
T3 Czech Republic Czech Republic -4 F * -4 140 140
T3 Denmark Denmark -4 F * -4 140 140
T3 Sweden Sweden -4 F -4 140 140
T6 France France -3 F -3 141 141
T6 Germany Germany -3 F -3 141 141
T8 Spain Spain -2 F -2 142 142
T8 Australia Australia -2 F * -2 142 142
T8 Italy Italy -2 F -2 142 142
T11 Switzerland Switzerland +1 F +1 145 145
T11 England England +1 F +1 145 145
T11 Mexico Mexico +1 F * +1 145 145
14 Philippines Philippines +2 F * +2 146 146
T15 Belgium Belgium +3 F * +3 147 147
T15 Canada Canada 2 +3 F * +3 147 147
T17 Ireland Ireland +4 F * +4 148 148
T17 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei +4 F * +4 148 148
19 Canada Canada 1 +6 F * +6 150 150
20 China People Republic of China +11 F * +11 155 155

Individual Leaderboard

Pos Player Today Thru Total R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 Korea, Republic Of Seo-yun Kwon  Republic of Korea -7 F -7 65 65
2 United States Gina Kim  United States -5 F -5 67 67
T3 Czech Republic Hana Ryskova  Czech Republic -4 F * -4 68 68
T3 Italy Alessia Nobilio  Italy -4 F -4 68 68
T3 United States Erica Shepherd  United States -4 F -4 68 68
T6 Australia Gabriela Ruffels  Australia -3 F * -3 69 69
T6 Korea, Republic Of Yunji Jeong  Republic of Korea -3 F -3 69 69
T6 Sweden Linn Grant  Sweden -3 F -3 69 69
T9 France Pauline Roussin Bouchard  France -2 F -2 70 70
T9 Switzerland Elena Moosmann  Switzerland -2 F -2 70 70
T9 Denmark Cecilie Nielsen  Denmark -2 F * -2 70 70
T9 Germany Alexandra Försterling  Germany -2 F -2 70 70
T9 Denmark Karen Fredgaard  Denmark -2 F * -2 70 70
T9 Mexico Cory López  Mexico -2 F * -2 70 70
T15 Spain Dimana Viudes  Spain -1 F -1 71 71
T15 France Mathilde Claisse  France -1 F -1 71 71
T15 Spain Blanca Fernández  Spain -1 F -1 71 71
T15 Belgium Clarisse Louis  Belgium -1 F * -1 71 71
T15 England Lily May Humphreys  England -1 F -1 71 71
T15 Germany Esther Henseleit  Germany -1 F -1 71 71
T15 Sweden Beatrice Wallin  Sweden -1 F -1 71 71
T15 Sweden Amanda Linnér  Sweden -1 F -1 71 71
T23 Czech Republic Sarah Hricikova  Czech Republic E F * E 72 72
T23 Ireland Annabel Wilson  Ireland E F * E 72 72
T23 Canada Emily Zhu  Canada 2 E F * E 72 72
T26 Australia Stephanie Kyriacou  Australia +1 F * +1 73 73
T26 Philippines Kristine Torralba  Philippines +1 F * +1 73 73
T26 Philippines Harmie Nicole Constantino  Philippines +1 F * +1 73 73
T29 Spain Elena Arias  Spain +2 F +2 74 74
T29 Canada Céleste Dao  Canada 1 +2 F * +2 74 74
T29 Czech Republic Sara Kouskova  Czech Republic +2 F * +2 74 74
T29 England Isobel Wardle  England +2 F +2 74 74
T29 Denmark Sofie K. Nielsen  Denmark +2 F * +2 74 74
T29 Chinese Taipei Jo-Hua Hung  Chinese Taipei +2 F * +2 74 74
T29 Italy Alessandra Fanali  Italy +2 F +2 74 74
T29 Italy Caterina Don  Italy +2 F +2 74 74
T29 Chinese Taipei Kuan-Yu Lin  Chinese Taipei +2 F * +2 74 74
T38 Switzerland Chiara Tamburlini  Switzerland +3 F +3 75 75
T38 Switzerland Victoria Monod  Switzerland +3 F +3 75 75
T38 Korea, Republic Of Hae-Ran Ryu  Republic of Korea +3 F +3 75 75
T38 Mexico María Fernanda Martínez  Mexico +3 F * +3 75 75
T38 Canada Euna Han  Canada 2 +3 F * +3 75 75
T43 Canada Ellie Szeryk  Canada 1 +4 F * +4 76 76
T43 Belgium Margaux Appart  Belgium +4 F * +4 76 76
T43 Ireland Lauren Crowley Walsh  Ireland +4 F * +4 76 76
T43 England Annabell Fuller  England +4 F +4 76 76
T43 Australia Alizza Hetherington  Australia +4 F * +4 76 76
T43 United States Jennifer Chang  United States +4 F +4 76 76
T43 China Jingwen Zhang  People’s Republic of China +4 F * +4 76 76
T50 France Gala Dumez  France +6 F +6 78 78
T50 Belgium Elsie Verhoeven  Belgium +6 F * +6 78 78
T50 Germany Paula Kirner  Germany +6 F +6 78 78
T50 Chinese Taipei Hui-Wen Chiu  Chinese Taipei +6 F * +6 78 78
T50 Mexico Ximena González  Mexico +6 F * +6 78 78
T55 Canada Monet Chun  Canada 1 +7 F * +7 79 79
T55 China Quan Ronghui  People’s Republic of China +7 F * +7 79 79
T55 China Tian Lyu  People’s Republic of China +7 F * +7 79 79
58 Canada Alyssa DiMarcantonio  Canada 2 +9 F * +9 81 81
59 Philippines Junia Louise Gabasa  Philippines +11 F * +11 83 83
60 Ireland Mairead Martin  Ireland +13 F * +13 85 85