Republic of Korea Leads At World Junior Girls Championship

Hye-Jin Choi, Photo: Joe McLean, Flagstick.com
Hye-Jin Choi, Photo: Joe McLean, Flagstick.com
Hye-jin Choi, Photo: Joe McLean, Flagstick.com

Day one of competition for the World Junior Golf Championships at The Marshes Golf Club could not have gone any better, even more so for the team from the Republic of Korea.

Perfect weather conditions greeted the players from fourteen nations on the final day of Summer. The result was exceptional scoring for many players representing various nations.

The Korean team, making their first appearance in this championship, have the lead after the first round of play.

The team was led on Tuesday by 2015 Korean Women’s Amateur Champion Hye-jin Choi who is tied for the individual lead after a two under par, 70.  Her round included five birdies.  Her team-mate, Eun-Soo Jang, shot even par while the third member of their squad, Shin Hye Kim, turned in a 76.  The two lowest scores (the format for the team portion of the event) resulted in a -2 total score for the Korean team.

“It is hard to pinpoint one particular strength of my game today. I finished with five birdies, but could have had more,” said 16 year-old Choi via her coach as her english is limited. “I missed a few chances that could have led to two or three more birdies. Having a share of the lead is nice because it makes me comfortable heading into the rest of the tournament. I just have to play even better tomorrow now that everyone is warmed up.”

Korean coach Sang-Won Ko says the team can still improve but have all the inspiration required to make them want to play even better. “I told the team that they were leading at lunch, but that they could have been playing even better. I think all three can work on their putting heading into the second round. It is always a great experience to be a member of a team that represents Korea, it’s all the motivation they need.”

Gold and silver medalists from last year, United States and Sweden, respectively, share second place after day one of competition at even par.

Elizabeth Wang, USA (Photo: Joe McLean, Flagstick.com)
Elizabeth Wang, USA (Photo: Joe McLean, Flagstick.com)

American Elizabeth Wang co-holds the individual lead with Choi.

“I started out pretty well with my putting really helping me out,” noted Wang. “I got a little tired on the back nine and my putting suffered. This is a very beautiful course, the greens are pretty firm, each hole is unique and you can definitely score on the course.”

Two teams that will be looking to improve greatly over the next 54 holes will be the squads from Canada.

Team Canada Two made up of B.C. natives Euna Han (Coquitlam), Alisha Lau (Richmond) and Katherine Chan (Richmond) finished at 7-over 151 while Team Canada One consisting of Grace St-Germain (Orleans, Ont.) Hannah Lee (Surrey, B.C.) and Tiffany Kong (Vancouver) were 8-over.

Team Canada Two coach Mike Martz sees positives to be taken from his team’s performance. “I think they did a good job today. They didn’t have the greatest start, but they fought really hard on the back nine to come back two or three shots. They could have just folded, but they pulled everything together and fought back. We will put some work in today and hopefully they will be able to continue to improve tomorrow.”

Individual Scoring Thru 18 Holes

T1 Korea, Republic Of Hye-jin Choi  Korea -2 F -2 70 70
T1 United States Elizabeth Wang  United States of America -2 F -2 70 70
3 Italy Carolina Caminoli  Italy -1 F -1 71 71
T4 France Anais Meyssonnier  France E F E 72 72
T4 Korea, Republic Of Eun-soo Jang  Korea E F E 72 72
T4 England Inci Mehmet  England E F E 72 72
T4 Mexico Ana Paula Valdes  Mexico E F E 72 72
T4 Denmark Cecilie Bofill  Denmark E F E 72 72
T4 Australia Hannah Green  Australia E F E 72 72
T4 Norway Sandra Nordaas  Norway E F E 72 72
T4 Finland Anna Backman  Finland E F E 72 72
T4 Spain Paz Marfa Sans  Spain E F E 72 72
T4 Sweden Frida Kinhult  Sweden E F E 72 72
T4 Sweden Filippa Moork  Sweden E F E 72 72
T15 Norway Renate Grimstad  Norway +1 F +1 73 73
T15 Denmark Puk Lyng Thomsen  Denmark +1 F +1 73 73
T15 Denmark Line Toft Hansen  Denmark +1 F +1 73 73
T15 Sweden Elin Esborn  Sweden +1 F +1 73 73
T19 Mexico Maria Fassi  Mexico +2 F +2 74 74
T19 Mexico Isabella Fierro  Mexico +2 F +2 74 74
T19 France Elisabeth Codet  France +2 F +2 74 74
T19 Australia Rebecca Kay  Australia +2 F +2 74 74
T19 Spain Elena Hualde Zuniga  Spain +2 F +2 74 74
T19 United States Alyaa Abdulghany  United States of America +2 F +2 74 74
T25 France Pauline Roussin-Bouchard  France +3 F +3 75 75
T25 Italy Carlotta Ricolfi  Italy +3 F +3 75 75
T25 Canada Euna Han  Canada +3 F +3 75 75
T25 Canada Tiffany Kong  Canada +3 F +3 75 75
T29 Korea, Republic Of Shin Hye Kim  Korea +4 F +4 76 76
T29 China Wang Ziyi  China +4 F +4 76 76
T29 Canada Alisha Lau  Canada +4 F +4 76 76
T29 Australia Karis Davisdon  Australia +4 F +4 76 76
T33 Spain Maria Herraez Galvez  Spain +5 F +5 77 77
T33 United States Courtney Dow  United States of America +5 F +5 77 77
T33 Canada Hannah Lee  Canada +5 F +5 77 77
T36 England Hollie Muse  England +6 F +6 78 78
T36 Italy Angelica Moresco  Italy +6 F +6 78 78
T36 England Sophie Lamb  England +6 F +6 78 78
T36 Finland Daniella Barrett  Finland +6 F +6 78 78
T36 Canada Grace St-Germain  Canada +6 F +6 78 78
41 Canada Kathrine Chan  Canada +7 F +7 79 79
T42 China Jin Man  China +8 F +8 80 80
T42 Norway Karoline Lund  Norway +8 F +8 80 80
44 Finland Katri Bakker  Finland +12 F +12 84 84