The reigning Canadian Junior Girls’ Golf Champion showed maturity beyond her 16 years in the opening round of the Astor Trophy in Australia.
Grace St-Germain of Ottawa paired up with Naomi Ko of Victoria, British Columbia and the two National Development team members took down their Australian opponents by a final tally of 1Up. The Monday morning match included a heroic shot by St-Germain who, according to Golf Australia, made an ace on the 8th hole at The Grange Golf Club. It was actually playing as the 17th hole of the match.
In morning match two for Team Canada the pairing of Jaclyn Lee and Alisha Lau squared their match with Becky Kay and Gennai Goodwin.
Things did not go as well for Canada in the afternoon as all five team members played singles matches against their Australian opponents. Grace St-Germain lost her singles match by a score of 5&3 to Hannah Green. Jaclyn Lee was the only Canadian to prevail in the singles matches.
As a result Canada is ranked 4th of 5 teams after the opening round with 2.5 matches won.
Canada will sit out on Tuesday, the 13th, as the four other teams face off in matches.
We’ll update the matches as they progress.
The Astor Trophy (formerly the Commonwealth Trophy) was presented by Nancy Viscountess Astor CH and the LGU. It is a competition held once every four years between teams from Australia, Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand and South Africa. It originated when two Australian Ladies Golf Union delegates (Miss Jean Derrin and Miss Mollie McLeish) suggested to the Ladies Golf Union that a tournament should be conducted within the Commonwealth. The idea was first accepted by the LGU, and later by three other countries – Canada, South Africa and New Zealand, when they were approached in 1957.
Canada last won the title in 1987 when the tournament was held in New Zealand.