Republic of Korea Maintains 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 successfully battled the heat once again at The Marshes Golf Club, carding a 6-under 138 on Wednesday to extend their team lead through two rounds of the World Junior Girls Championship.

On the strength of Hae-Ran Ryu’s 4-under 68, the Koreans have built up a seven-stroke team advantage. The trio’s second-counting score was posted by the individual leader, Seo-yun Kwon, who maintained her first-round lead after carding five birdies on the day to move to 9 under for the tournament — good for a four-stroke cushion.

Chasing Kwon for the individual title are five competitors deadlocked in second place at 6 under par: Esther Henseleit (Germany), Alessia Nobilio (Italy), Linn Grant (Sweden), Hana Ryskova (Czech Republic) and Annabel Wilson (Ireland).

Wilson carded the low-round of the day with a six-birdie, 5-under-par effort.

“Everything was going well today, it was a stress-free round of golf,” said Wilson, who played in the inaugural World Junior Girls Championship in 2014. “My putter was hot today which was the biggest difference from yesterday. I hit one more green yesterday but I took five less shots today so it really was all because of the putter.”

The Korean squad are looking to mirror their success from the 2015 championship — also hosted at The Marshes — where they recorded an 18-stroke team victory. They are currently trailed by the Americans at 9 under and Germans at 7 under.

Céleste Dao of Notre-Dame-de-L’Île-Perrot, Que., posted four birdies on the day to lead all Canadians at even-par for the tournament (74-70).

“I had a good start, I was hitting the ball well but my long putts were the key,” said the 16-year-old Dao. “I was 3 under after the front nine, which was a great start for me.”

Playing for Canada on home soil was not lost on the reigning Quebec Women’s Amateur champion.

“It’s an honour for me to play for Canada at this tournament,” added Dao. “I know that the scores will be low because it is the best in the world competing but it doesn’t change how I approach my game. It is just great to compare my game with theirs.”

The second round was delayed from 2:45 p.m. to 4:03 p.m. due to lightning.

The third round of tournament play will begin at 8 a.m Thursday.

Team Leaderboard

Pos Team Today Thru Total R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 Korea, Republic Of Republic of Korea -6 F * -16 134 138 272
2 United States United States of America E F * -9 135 144 279
3 Germany Germany -4 F * -7 141 140 281
T4 Denmark Denmark -2 F -6 140 142 282
T4 Sweden Sweden -2 F * -6 140 142 282
6 Spain Spain -3 F * -5 142 141 283
T7 France France -1 F * -4 141 143 284
T7 Italy Italy -2 F * -4 142 142 284
9 England England -2 F * -1 145 142 287
T10 Ireland Ireland -4 F E 148 140 288
T10 Philippines Philippines -2 F E 146 142 288
12 Czech Republic Czech Republic +6 F +2 140 150 290
13 Switzerland Switzerland +2 F * +3 145 146 291
14 Mexico Mexico +3 F +4 145 147 292
T15 Australia Australia +8 F +6 142 152 294
T15 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei +2 F +6 148 146 294
17 Belgium Belgium +4 F +7 147 148 295
18 Canada Canada 1 +2 F +8 150 146 296
19 Canada Canada 2 +11 F +14 147 155 302
20 China People Republic of China +6 F +17 155 150 305

Individual Leaderboard

Pos Player Today Thru Total R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 Korea, Republic Of Seo-yun Kwon  Republic of Korea -2 F * -9 65 70 135
T2 Czech Republic Hana Ryskova  Czech Republic -1 F -5 68 71 139
T2 Ireland Annabel Wilson  Ireland -5 F -5 72 67 139
T2 Germany Esther Henseleit  Germany -4 F * -5 71 68 139
T2 Italy Alessia Nobilio  Italy -1 F * -5 68 71 139
T2 Sweden Linn Grant  Sweden -2 F * -5 69 70 139
T7 Korea, Republic Of Yunji Jeong  Republic of Korea -1 F * -4 69 71 140
T7 United States Erica Shepherd  United States E F * -4 68 72 140
T9 Spain Dimana Viudes  Spain -2 F * -3 71 70 141
T9 Denmark Karen Fredgaard  Denmark -1 F -3 70 71 141
T11 France Mathilde Claisse  France -1 F * -2 71 71 142
T11 Spain Blanca Fernández  Spain -1 F * -2 71 71 142
T11 England Lily May Humphreys  England -1 F * -2 71 71 142
T11 Germany Alexandra Försterling  Germany E F * -2 70 72 142
T15 Denmark Cecilie Nielsen  Denmark +1 F -1 70 73 143
T15 Korea, Republic Of Hae-Ran Ryu  Republic of Korea -4 F * -1 75 68 143
T15 Sweden Beatrice Wallin  Sweden E F * -1 71 72 143
T15 United States Gina Kim  United States +4 F * -1 67 76 143
T19 Canada Céleste Dao  Canada 1 -2 F E 74 70 144
T19 Sweden Amanda Linnér  Sweden +1 F * E 71 73 144
T21 Belgium Clarisse Louis  Belgium +2 F +1 71 74 145
T21 Switzerland Victoria Monod  Switzerland -2 F * +1 75 70 145
T21 Australia Gabriela Ruffels  Australia +4 F +1 69 76 145
T21 Denmark Sofie K. Nielsen  Denmark -1 F +1 74 71 145
T21 Italy Alessandra Fanali  Italy -1 F * +1 74 71 145
T21 Philippines Harmie Nicole Constantino  Philippines E F +1 73 72 145
T27 Switzerland Elena Moosmann  Switzerland +4 F * +2 70 76 146
T27 Chinese Taipei Kuan-Yu Lin  Chinese Taipei E F +2 74 72 146
T29 France Pauline Roussin Bouchard  France +5 F * +3 70 77 147
T29 England Annabell Fuller  England -1 F * +3 76 71 147
T29 Mexico Ximena González  Mexico -3 F +3 78 69 147
T29 Italy Caterina Don  Italy +1 F * +3 74 73 147
T33 Chinese Taipei Jo-Hua Hung  Chinese Taipei +2 F +4 74 74 148
T33 Mexico Cory López  Mexico +6 F +4 70 78 148
T33 United States Jennifer Chang  United States E F * +4 76 72 148
T36 England Isobel Wardle  England +3 F * +5 74 75 149
T36 Ireland Lauren Crowley Walsh  Ireland +1 F +5 76 73 149
T38 France Gala Dumez  France E F * +6 78 72 150
T38 Belgium Margaux Appart  Belgium +2 F +6 76 74 150
T38 Australia Stephanie Kyriacou  Australia +5 F +6 73 77 150
T38 Canada Emily Zhu  Canada 2 +6 F +6 72 78 150
T38 China Jingwen Zhang  People’s Republic of China +2 F +6 76 74 150
43 Czech Republic Sarah Hricikova  Czech Republic +7 F +7 72 79 151
T44 Canada Ellie Szeryk  Canada 1 +4 F +8 76 76 152
T44 Switzerland Chiara Tamburlini  Switzerland +5 F * +8 75 77 152
T44 Spain Elena Arias  Spain +6 F * +8 74 78 152
T44 Australia Alizza Hetherington  Australia +4 F +8 76 76 152
T44 Canada Euna Han  Canada 2 +5 F +8 75 77 152
T49 Germany Paula Kirner  Germany +3 F * +9 78 75 153
T49 Philippines Junia Louise Gabasa  Philippines -2 F +9 83 70 153
T51 Czech Republic Sara Kouskova  Czech Republic +8 F +10 74 80 154
T51 Chinese Taipei Hui-Wen Chiu  Chinese Taipei +4 F +10 78 76 154
T53 Mexico María Fernanda Martínez  Mexico +8 F +11 75 80 155
T53 China Quan Ronghui  People’s Republic of China +4 F +11 79 76 155
55 China Tian Lyu  People’s Republic of China +6 F +13 79 78 157
T56 Belgium Elsie Verhoeven  Belgium +9 F +15 78 81 159
T56 Philippines Kristine Torralba  Philippines +14 F +15 73 86 159
58 Canada Alyssa DiMarcantonio  Canada 2 +8 F +17 81 80 161
59 Ireland Mairead Martin  Ireland +9 F +22 85 81 166
60 Canada Monet Chun  Canada 1 +20 F +27 79 92 171