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Philippines Goes Wire To Wire At World Junior Girls Golf Championship

Team Philippines takes the trophy at the 3rd World Junior Girls Golf Championship (Photo: Herb Fung/Golf Canada)
Yuko Saso (Photo: Herb Fung/Golf Canada)
Yuko Saso (Photo: Herb Fung/Golf Canada)

(Golf Canada) MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – The sun beamed through at Mississaugua Golf and Country Club to crown the Philippines as World Junior Girls team champions. Yuka Saso battled through a gusty day to claim individual medallist honours at the third edition of the annual event.

“I feel happy and honoured to win this trophy and this tournament,” said the 15-year-old Saso. “I feel happy [to be the gold medalist] because I was not expecting it, with this being [the Philippines’] first time in this tournament. Winning with this group is special because we have known each other since we were kids, so it makes me really happy.”

The native of Santa Rosa put forth another steady showing with a trio of birdies en route to a 2-under 70 final round. With a four-day total of 2-under 286, she completed the competition as the lone player to finish under-par. Alongside teammates Harmie Nicole Constantino of Taguig and Sofia Angela Legaspi from Quezon City, the trio combined to total 2-over 578 across the championship’s four rounds.

“This is the best feeling,” said Constantino, when asked about the team victory. “It is unexplainable to me, because no one expected it. We played our games and it turned out really well. We never had any doubts, we came here to win and we did.”

The significance of the tournament and the victory was not lost upon the 15-year-old Legaspi.

“It really means a lot to win this big event. It gives us a lot of experience and confidence. It also helps to get us college scholarships, so it is a big deal. The win could also inspire younger golfers in the Philippines to work hard and travel to events like this.”

The contingent representing last year’s winners, Team Korea, finished second – nine-strokes shy of the Philippines. The winners of the inaugural World Junior Girls Championship in 2014, Team USA, claimed third.

Jennifer Chang of Cary, N.C., opened the day with a share of sixth alongside Caterina Don of San Pietro Val Lemina, Italy. A 2-under performance propelled the 17-year-old Chang into the runner-up position, while a 71 moved the 15-year-old Don into third.

Céleste Dao from Notre-Dame-de-L’Île-Perrot, Que., and Richmond Hill, Ont., native Monet Chun shot identical 75s to finish with shares of 16th as the top Canadians.

“Despite some difficult weather, we have had an exciting and memorable week,” said Tournament Director Mary Beth McKenna. “From our Junior Girls Skills Clinic and Coaching Summit with the PGA of Canada to a fantastic Junior-Amateur event with the Mississauga community and the tournament itself – we have showcased our sport in a positive light. I know all of our players have learned and grown through this competition and have gained some invaluable international experience.”

Team Leaderboard

Pos Team Today Thru Total R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 Philippines Philippines +1 F +2 135 150 148 145 578
2 Korea, Republic Of Korea +2 F +11 150 142 149 146 587
3 United States United States of America +2 F +15 146 146 153 146 591
4 Italy Italy +1 F +17 149 145 154 145 593
5 England England E F +20 150 147 155 144 596
6 Sweden Sweden +4 F +23 148 144 159 148 599
7 Denmark Denmark +4 F +24 148 148 156 148 600
T8 Finland Finland +5 F +26 156 143 154 149 602
T8 France France +1 F +26 151 151 155 145 602
T10 China China +13 F +27 146 146 154 157 603
T10 Germany Germany +11 F +27 148 150 150 155 603
12 Canada Canada 1 +10 F +32 146 154 154 154 608
13 Norway Norway +7 F +33 150 148 160 151 609
T14 Canada Canada 2 +6 F +35 154 146 161 150 611
T14 Mexico Mexico +8 F +35 152 152 155 152 611
16 Spain Spain +5 F +37 154 156 154 149 613

Individual Leaderboard

Pos Player Today Thru Total R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 Philippines Yuka Saso  Philippines -2 F -2 66 77 73 70 286
2 United States Jennifer Chang  United States of America -2 F +4 73 72 77 70 292
3 Italy Caterina Don  Italy -1 F +5 72 72 78 71 293
T4 Philippines Harmie Nicole Constantino  Philippines +3 F +6 69 75 75 75 294
T4 Korea, Republic Of Hee-Jung Lim  Korea +3 F +6 73 71 75 75 294
T6 China Du Mohan  China +4 F +7 73 70 76 76 295
T6 Korea, Republic Of Hae-Ran Ryu  Korea E F +7 78 71 74 72 295
8 England Isobel Wardle  England +2 F +9 74 74 75 74 297
9 Denmark Mathilde Fredensborg  Denmark +2 F +10 74 73 77 74 298
10 Sweden Amanda Linnér  Sweden +4 F +11 74 73 76 76 299
T11 Sweden Maja Stark  Sweden E F +12 74 71 83 72 300
T11 Germany Esther Henseleit  Germany +8 F +12 71 76 73 80 300
T11 Korea, Republic Of Min-Gyeong Youn  Korea +2 F +12 77 74 75 74 300
T14 Norway Celine Borge  Norway +2 F +13 74 71 82 74 301
T14 France Mathilde Claisse  France +1 F +13 77 74 77 73 301
T16 Canada Céleste Dao  Canada 2 +3 F +14 77 73 77 75 302
T16 Finland Anna Backman  Finland E F +14 78 80 72 72 302
T16 Canada Monet Chun  Canada 1 +3 F +14 72 79 76 75 302
T16 England Sophie Lamb  England E F +14 76 73 81 72 302
T16 United States Mika Liu  United States of America +4 F +14 75 75 76 76 302
21 Mexico Isabella Fierro  Mexico +4 F +15 73 77 77 76 303
T22 France Candice Mahe  France E F +16 74 80 78 72 304
T22 Denmark Stephanie Astrup  Denmark +2 F +16 74 77 79 74 304
T22 Italy Angelica Moresco  Italy +5 F +16 77 73 77 77 304
25 England Emily Price  England E F +17 78 75 80 72 305
26 United States Elizabeth Wang  United States of America +5 F +18 73 74 82 77 306
27 Germany Alexandra Föersterling  Germany +6 F +19 77 75 77 78 307
T28 Norway Madelene Stavnar  Norway +5 F +20 76 77 78 77 308
T28 Denmark Cecilie Finne-Ipsen  Denmark +7 F +20 75 75 79 79 308
T28 China Jin Man  China +9 F +20 73 76 78 81 308
31 Finland Elina Saksa  Finland +9 F +21 78 68 82 81 309
32 Canada Chloe Currie  Canada 1 +7 F +23 79 75 78 79 311
T33 Canada Hannah Lee  Canada 2 +4 F +24 77 73 86 76 312
T33 Spain Raquel Olmos Ros  Spain +6 F +24 79 76 79 78 312
T33 Germany Aline Krauter  Germany +5 F +24 82 75 78 77 312
36 Spain Teresa Díez Moliner  Spain +4 F +25 75 80 82 76 313
T37 Canada Isabella Portokalis  Canada 2 +3 F +26 77 78 84 75 314
T37 Spain Paula Neira Garcia  Spain +1 F +26 82 84 75 73 314
T39 Finland Daniella Barrett  Finland +5 F +29 79 75 86 77 317
T39 France Elisabeth Codet  France +8 F +29 82 77 78 80 317
41 Mexico Ana Laura Collado  Mexico +4 F +31 79 86 78 76 319
42 China Han Yucen  China +12 F +32 82 76 78 84 320
43 Canada Mary Parsons  Canada 1 +8 F +34 74 84 84 80 322
44 Philippines Sofia Angela Legaspi  Philippines +8 F +36 84 75 85 80 324
45 Mexico Ana Isabel González  Mexico +11 F +38 89 75 79 83 326
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