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Korea first daylight second at Espirito Santo Trophy

The winning Korean side (Photo: Courtesy of USGA / Steve Gibbons)
The Republic of Korea won its fourth Espirito Santo Trophy by a record-equalling margin with a 72-hole total of 29-under-par 547 at the 27th Women’s World Amateur Team Championships at Mayakoka El Camaleon Golf Club.

“The key is the team play,” said Korean captain Sang-Won Ko. “We have been interviewed over the last few days and the players have been so focused on team play. That makes everyone tight and makes for good results.”

The other medals were won by Switzerland, in second, at 8-under 568 and Ireland, in third, at 7-under 569.

In 14 WWATCs, the Koreans have taken seven medals in total: four gold (1996, 2010, 2012 and 2016), two silvers and one bronze.

Teenagers Hye Jin Choi, 17, and Min Ji Park, 16, each shot 5-under-par 67 to post a final-round 134, which is second-best to Australia’s 131 in 2014. The Korean duo and Japan’s Nasa Hatoaka shared the day’s low round.

“I travel a lot and the first question is always ‘Why is your women’s game so strong?’ And my first answer is we have a greater number of players and they are trying really hard,” said Ko.

“Their target is to turn professional. We may be a small country in terms of the land and the population but we have more than 3,000 junior players and they are willing to turn professional, which is really a huge number compared to the U.S. and Europe so that’s why I believe our women’s golf is strong.”

Korea’s 21-stroke margin of victory over second-place Switzerland tied the championship record set by the USA in Chile in 1998. The 72-hole total (547) is also tied for second-lowest score by a champion. The lowest winning score was 546 by the Republic of Korea in 2010, when they won by 17 strokes.

The nation has finished in the top 10 in 12 of its 14 appearances. The Koreans are tied for fourth in most overall WWATC medals with Sweden and Great Britain and Ireland. Only the USA, with 13, has won more gold medals than the Koreans.

Australia finished well back in a share of 12th position but improved on their overnight 14th place. Karis Davidson produced their best round of the day when she finished with 71. Hannah Green finished as the leading Australian in the overall individual when 29th in what was a disappointing week for the defending champions.

The Women’s World Amateur Team Championship is a biennial international amateur competition conducted by the International Golf Federation (IGF), which comprises 147 national governing bodies in 141 countries and 22 professional members.

The 28th Women’s World Amateur Team Championship will be played 29 Aug.-1 Sept., 2018 at Carton House Golf Club in Dublin, Ireland.

The competition, which was held for the 27th time this year, is rotated among three geographic zones: Asia-Pacific, Americas and Europe-Africa. This year’s event was hosted by the Mexican Golf Federation. The teams played for the Espirito Santo Trophy.

The IGF is the international federation for golf for the International Olympic Committee and conducted the Olympic golf competition in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. In each round, the total of the two lowest scores from each team constitutes the team score for the round. The four-day (72-hole) total is the team’s score for the championship.

For complete results, visit www.igfgolf.org.

RIVERIA MAYA, Mexico -- Results of Saturday’s fourth round of the 2016 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship played at the par 72, 6,295-yard/5,752-meter Mayakoba El Camaleon Golf Club (M) and the par 72, 6,167-yard/5,637-meter Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club (I).

1.Republic of Korea (KOR) - 138 I-137 M-138 I-134 M--547 (-29)

  Hye jin Choi 70-69-68-67--274

  Min ji Park 74-68-70-67--279

  Hyun kyung Park 68-75-71-71--285

2.Switzerland (SUI) - 137 M-145 I-145 I-141 M--568 (-8)

  Kim Metraux 69-72-69-69--279

  Morgane Metraux 68-73-76-72--289

  Azelia Meichtry 73-80-82-73--308

3.Ireland (IRL) - 146 M-141 I-145 I-137 M--569 (-7)

  Leona Maguire 72-70-71-69--282

  Olivia Mehaffey 74-71-75-68--288

  Annabel Wilson 80-79-74-72--305

4.Denmark (DEN) - 151 M-137 I-144 I-138 M--570 (-6)

  Puk Lyng Thomsen 73-67-70-66--276

  Marie Lund-Hansen 78-73-74-72--297

  Malene Kroelboell Hansen 80-70-75-83--308

5.Thailand (THA) - 145 I-143 M-143 I-140 M--571 (-5)

  Pajaree Anannarukarn 74-69-73-70--286

  Kanyalak Preedasuttijit 71-75-70-71--287

  Manuschaya Zeemakorn 74-74-75-70--293

6.United States of America (USA) - 146 M-145 I-145 I-138 M--574 (-2)

  Andrea Lee 74-73-70-69--286

  Katelyn Dambaugh 72-72-78-69--291

  Mariel Galdiano 74-73-75-74--296

7.Spain (ESP) - 151 M-143 I-141 I-140 M--575 (-1)

  Maria Parra 75-70-70-68--283

  Luna Sobron 78-73-71-74--296

  Harang Lee 76-73-75-72--296

8.Japan (JPN) - 142 M-153 I-144 I-137 M--576 (Even)

  Nasa Hataoka 71-76-72-67--286

  Hina Arakaki 71-78-72-70--291

  Yumi Matsubara 74-77-77-78--306

9.Canada (CAN) - 149 M-144 I-145 I-143 M--581 (+5)

  Naomi Ko 75-66-71-70--282

  Madeline Szeryk 74-78-74-73--299

  Josee Doyon 78-80-81-78--317

10.Mexico (MEX) - 144 M-148 I-146 I-144 M--582 (+6)

  Isabella Fierro 71-73-75-70--289

  Maria Fassi 73-76-71-78--298

  Ana Paula Valdes 80-75-78-74--307


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