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Becky Kay stars in disappointing Australian Espirito Santo bid

Kay outperforms her teammates (Photo: USGA / Steve Gibbons)
Australia has finished 14th at the women's Wold Amateur Teams Championship in Ireland, Queensland’s Rebecca Kay the standout in an otherwise disappointing week for the trio of Kay, Grace Kim and Kirsty Hodgkins.

The team finished 26 shots behind the winners, the USA, who defeated Japan by ten shots with another shot back to The Republic of Korea in 3rd place.

The diminutive Kay finished in an impressive tie for 6th in the individual standings, bookending her 72 holes with rounds of 68 to finish ten shots behind the individual winner Ayean Cho of Korea.

Kay produced a closing nine of 5 under 31 including five birdies in her last seven holes to storm through the field and record a top ten finish against the game’s best female amateur golfers.  

Kim was 89th and Hodgkins 92nd in the 170-player field, further highlighting the performance of Kay, confirming her place in the women’s game and belying her current world ranking of 105, which is below that of her teammates this week.

The successful USA side 

For the USA however it was its 14th win in the biennial event but interestingly its first win since taking the title in 1998 in Chile. It was perhaps no real surprise this year however as their team of Jennifer Kupcho, Kristen Gillman and Lilia Vu occupy the leading three places in the current world women's amateur rankings. 

The Men’s World Amateur Teams Championship in which Australia will be the defending champions begins on Wednesday at the same venue at Carton House.

Australia will be represented by Min Woo Lee, David Micheluzzi and Shae Wools Cobb.  




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