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Australians struggling at Espirito Santo

Rebecca Kay by some way the best of the Australians thus far. (Photo: Courtesy of USGA / Steve Gibbons )
The Australian Espirito Santo Team of Rebecca Kay, Kirsty Hodgkins and Grace Kim are well off the pace through 36 holes of the World Amateur Teams Championship in Ireland, the trio now seventeen shots behind leaders the USA and sharing 12th position at Carton House in County Kildare.

Queenslander, Kay, has done best of the Australians to date although a second round of 74 saw her lose ground after what had been an impressive opening round of 68 and she now finds herself in a share of 11th place at 3 under and ten shots behind the joint leaders in the individual race, Ayean Cho of Korea and Yuka Yasuda of Japan.

Kay played the Mark O'Meara designed layout on day two after playing the Colin Montgomerie course on day one, both layouts being used in this 72 hole event.

Kay’s fellow Queenslander Hodgkins is 66th and NSW’s Kim 75th, Kay leading the trio by seven shots over Hodgkins with Kim another shot back.

The USA lead the overall contest by one over The Republic of Korea with another two shots back to Japan while China is four shots further back in 4th place.

The USA overcame a six-stroke deficit to Japan (2-under vs. 8-under) at the start of the day and Jennifer Kupcho and Kristen Gillman cut away at the lead early with 9-hole scores of 5-under and 4-under, respectively.

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