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Australia comes from behind to win Women’s World Amateur Team Championship


Australia, with a combined 131 from Minjee Lee and Su Oh in the final round, came from seven strokes behind Canada to win the 2014 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship (WWATC) at 29-under-par 547 at Karuizawa 72 Golf East’s Iriyama Course.

“They never thought they were out of it but they were close to possibly being out of it,” said Australian captain Matt Cutler. “We had a really slow start to the week with an even par round at Iriyama (Wednesday) and we thought we might have too much work to do. But, it was the fastest start you could ever see coming.”

Australia, which won the Espirito Santo Trophy for the third time, took the lead through six holes of the final round as Lee, No. 1 in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking™, was 4 under through five holes on an eagle and two birdies and Oh was 3 under with three birdies.

Lee, 18, who was tied for 22nd at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open, finished with an eagle and five birdies for a 65 while Oh, who is No.6 in the WAGR™, tallied six birdies for a 66. Neither recorded a bogey. Shelly Shin, a semifinalist at the 2014 U.S. Girls’ Junior, posted a non-counting 72.

The Australians broke the mark for a final-round comeback of three strokes, which was set by their countrymen in 2002 in Malaysia. Their 72-hole total of 547 was one stroke shy of Korea’s record-low in 2010 and their final-round 131 is second-best all-time.

“We talked last night that if you broke it down as an individual and you were three or four strokes down through 54 holes, you could give yourself a chance,” said Cutler. “And, we were seven down so that’s how we approached it.

The winner of the 2014 Victorian Open and Australian Amateur, Lee was playing in her second WWATC.

“I wanted to make it this something to remember,” said Lee, who won the 2012 U.S. Girls’ Junior. “I have matured so much in two years and I wanted this to be a priceless experience for everyone.”

With scores of 64 in the third round and 65 in the final round, Lee fueled the Australian move up the leaderboard on both days. They moved from 12th to fourth in the third round and fourth to victory in the final round.

Canada, which led on each of the first three days and was vying for its first WWATC win, placed second at 27-under 549 behind the outstanding play of WAGR™ No.2 Brooke Henderson. It was Canada’s fourth silver medal. The Republic of Korea, which won the title in 2010 and 2012, finished third at 550.

“Australia had a great round today, I was really impressed,” said Henderson, who finished tied for 10th at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open and was runner-up at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur. “They have very skilled players, including two in the top 10 in the world rankings, which is unbelievable. It’s a little disappointing to finish second but overall we had a really great week and played really well as a team.”

Although there is no official recognition, Henderson led the individual standings at 19-under 269, which breaks the WWATC mark of 274 set by Lydia Ko in 2012.

Denmark finished fourth at 556, followed by Sweden and the USA tied for fifth at 557, Mexico in seventh at 560, England and host Japan tied for eighth at 562 and the Philippines in 10th at 563.

The Women’s World Amateur Team Championship is a biennial international amateur competition conducted by the International Golf Federation (IGF), which comprises 137 national governing bodies in 131 countries. The competition, which is being held for the 26th time, is rotated among three geographic zones: Asia-Pacific, Americas and Europe-Africa.

This year’s event is hosted by the Japan Golf Association. The teams play for the Espirito Santo Trophy. The IGF is the international federation for golf for the International Olympic Committee and will conduct 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 the final round, the top half of team scoring played the Iriyama Course and the other half played Oshitate.

The 2016 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship will be played in Cancun, Mexico.

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KARUIZAWA, Japan (6 Sept.) — Results of Saturday’s final round of the 2014 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship played at the par 72, 6,309-yard/5,765-meter Oshitate Course (OC) and the par 72, 6,311-yard/5,768-meter Iriyama Course (IC) at Karuizawa 72 Golf East.

1.Australia (AUS) – 144 IC-138 OC-134 OC-131 IC–547

  Minjee Lee 73-70-64-65–272

  Su Oh 71-68-70-66–275

  Shelly Shin 74-70-72-72–288

2.Canada (CAN) – 135 OC-139 IC-135 OC-140 IC–549

  Brooke Henderson 66-69-66-68–269

  Brittany Marchand 71-70-69-72–282

  Augusta James 69-76-72-75–292

3.Republic of Korea (KOR) – 137 IC-140 OC-134 OC-139 IC–550

  So-Young Lee 67-69-70-72–278

  Hye-Jin Choi 70-71-66-71–278

  Gyeol Park 75-75-68-68–286

4.Denmark (DEN) – 143 IC-139 OC-136 OC-138 IC–556

  Nanna Koerstz Madsen 69-72-70-68–279

  Emily Kristine Pedersen 75-67-69-70–281

  Caroline Nistrup 74-74-67-71–286

T5.Sweden (SWE) – 143 OC-135 IC-141 OC-138 IC–557

  Linnea Strom 71-67-71-67–276

  Madelene Sagstrom 72-68-70-71–281

  Louise Ridderstrom 73-75-77-81–306

T5.United States of America (USA) – 142 OC-140 IC-136 OC-139 IC–557

  Alison Lee 68-70-68-68–274

  Kristen Gillman 74-70-70-71–285

  Emma Talley 77-72-68-74–291

7.Mexico (MEX) – 142 IC-139 OC-139 OC-140 IC–560

  Maria Gabriela Lopez Butron 69-68-69-70–276

  Ana Paula Valdes 75-71-70-70–286

  Marijosse Navarro Miguez 73-72-74-73–292

T8.England (ENG) – 147 IC-134 OC-139 OC-142 IC–562

  Bronte Law 71-65-67-71–274

  Hayley Davis 76-69-72-71–288

  Gabriella Cowley 76-75-77-74–302

T8.Japan (JPN) – 144 IC-132 OC-139 OC-147 IC–562

  Minami Katsu 74-65-69-75–283

  Yumi Matsubara 70-69-70-75–284

  Eri Okayama 78-67-70-72–287

10.Philippines (PHI) – 143 OC-143 IC-135 OC-142 IC–563

  Princess Superal 71-72-68-70–281

  Clare Amelia Legaspi 72-72-67-72–283

  Pauline Del Rosario 74-71-75-75–295

T11.France (FRA) – 140 IC-142 OC-143 OC-139 IC–564

  Celine Boutier 71-70-70-73–284

  Mathilda Cappeliez 69-74-73-68–284

  Manon Gidali 73-72-74-71–290

T11.Germany (GER) – 143 IC-136 OC-140 OC-145 IC–564

  Olivia Cowan 71-67-71-71–280

  Laura Funfstuck 72-69-69-75–285

  Antonia Scherer 78-73-76-74–301

13.Spain (ESP) – 142 IC-136 OC-139 OC-149 IC–566

  Noemi Jimenez Martin 70-66-70-73–279

  Marta Sanz Barrio 72-71-69-76–288

  Luna Sobron Galmes 76-70-74-76–296

14.People’s Republic of China (CHN) – 146 IC-140 OC-139 OC-142 IC–567

  Yuting Shi 70-69-69-71–279

  XinYing Wang 77-71-70-71–289

  Ziqi Ye 76-71-72-76–295

15.Italy (ITA) – 141 OC-147 IC-136 OC-146 IC–570

  Virginia Elena Carta 69-74-68-74–285

  Roberta Liti 74-73-68-73–288

  Laura Lonardi 72-74-74-73–293

16.Norway (NOR) – 148 OC-143 IC-138 OC-142 IC–571

  Tonje Daffinrud 72-70-66-70–278

  Mariell Bruun 77-73-72-72–294

  Nicoline Skaug 76-79-78-78–311

T17.Finland (FIN) – 145 IC-144 OC-139 OC-144 IC–572

  Oona Vartiainen 68-70-72-70–280

  Mitilda Castren 77-79-71-74–301

  Emily Penttila 82-74-68-79–303

T17.India (IND) – 141 IC-140 OC-143 OC-148 IC–572

  Aditi Ashok 69-70-73-75–287

  Gurbani Singh 72-70-70-77–289

  Astha Madan 75-76-76-73–300

19.Netherlands (NED) – 143 IC-145 OC-138 OC-147 IC–573

  Anne Van Dam 68-69-67-72–276

  Dewi Weber 75-76-71-75–297

  Romy Meekers 76-78-71-83–308

T20.Argentina (ARG) – 145 IC-146 OC-145 OC-140 IC–576

  Magdalena Simmermacher 71-75-70-70–286

  Delfina Acosta 74-75-75-70–294

  Manuela Carbajo Re 74-71-75-77–297

T20.Chinese Taipei (TPE) – 146 OC-148 IC-139 IC-143 OC–576

  Ssu-Chia Cheng 72-71-68-71–282

  Jo-Hua Hung 74-77-71-72–294

  Chi-Hui Chen 82-83-78-82–325

T22.Belgium (BEL) – 147 OC-145 IC-145 OC-144 IC–581

  Manon De Roey 70-72-72-71–285

  Fanny Cnops 77-78-73-73–301

  Leslie Cloots 79-73-74-76–302

T22.Slovenia (SLO) – 148 IC-146 OC-146 IC-141 OC–581

  Katja Pogacar 71-74-70-70–285

  Ana Belac 77-72-76-71–296

  Ursa Oreheu 81-75-81-80–317

24.Austria (AUT) – 146 OC-142 IC-145 OC-149 IC–582

  Lea Zeitler 70-69-73-74–286

  Leonie Bettel 77-73-72-75–297

  Nadine Dreher 76-78-74-76–304

T25.Colombia (COL) – 147 IC-142 OC-148 OC-146 IC–583

  Laura Sojo 72-71-74-73–290

  Laura Camila Blanco 77-71-74-73–295

  Maria Hoyos 75-77-76-74–302

T25.Puerto Rico (PUR) – 147 IC-146 OC-145 IC-145 OC–583

  Maria F. Torres 74-73-72-72–291

  Paola Robles 73-78-73-73–297

  Valeria S. Pacheco 78-73-78-81–310

T25.Wales (WAL) – 146 IC-144 OC-145 OC-148 IC–583

  Chloe Williams 71-74-70-71–286

  Rebecca Helen Harries 79-70-77-77–303

  Katie Bradbury 75-77-75-77–304

28.Thailand (THA) – 152 IC-145 OC-139 IC-148 OC–584

  Suthavee Chanachai 74-73-70-76–293

  Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras 79-72-69-73–293

  Pajaree Anannarukarn 78-73-74-75–300

T29.Hong Kong, China (HKG) – 146 OC-151 IC-143 IC-148 OC–588

  Tiffany Chan 71-77-72-74–294

  Kitty Tam 76-74-71-74–295

  Isabella Leung 75-77-75-74–301

T29.Iceland (ISL) – 149 IC-147 OC-144 IC-148 OC–588

  Gudrun Bjorgvinsdottir 75-72-73-74–294

  Olafia Thorunn Kristinsdottir 74-75-71-74–294

  Sunna Vidisdottir 75-81-78-75–309

T29.South Africa (RSA) – 142 OC-144 IC-152 OC-150 IC–588

  Michaela Fletcher 69-73-77-74–293

  Cara Bella Gorlei 73-73-78-76–300

  Monja Richards 76-71-75-83–305

32.Switzerland (SUI) – 146 OC-149 IC-150 IC-147 OC–592

  Albane Valenzuela 75-72-73-73–293

  Kim Metraux 71-78-77-74–300

  Morgane Metraux 76-77-79-80–312

33.Ireland (IRL) – 141 OC-150 IC-146 OC-156 IC–593

  Paula Grant 70-75-73-79–297

  Maria Dunne 71-75-78-77–301

  Mary Doyle 80-76-73-79–308

34.New Zealand (NZL) – 154 IC-138 OC-149 OC-154 IC–595

  Munchin Keh 76-68-76-76–296

  Julianne Alvarez 78-70-73-78–299

  Zoe-Beth Brake 79-76-77-80–312

35.Czech Republic (CZE) – 150 IC-154 OC-149 IC-146 OC–599

  Hana Ryskova 74-76-76-72–298

  Karolina Vlckova 80-80-73-74–307

  Barbora Bakova 76-78-78-79–311

T36.Brazil (BRA) – 150 OC-151 IC-153 IC-147 OC–601

  Luciane Lee 75-77-76-72–300

  Luiza Altmann 75-74-77-75–301

  Clara Teixeira 75-80-80-77–312

T36.Poland (POL) – 148 OC-154 IC-148 IC-151 OC–601

  Nastasia Kossacky 73-76-68-73–290

  Dominika Gradecka 75-78-80-84–317

  Dorota Zalewska 82-82-80-78–322

T36.Singapore (SIN) – 150 IC-146 OC-147 IC-158 OC–601

  Sock Hwee Koh 75-68-75-80–298

  Jo Ee Kok 75-78-78-79–310

  Amanda Tan 78-82-72-79–311

39.Russian Federation (RUS) – 149 OC-153 IC-148 IC-156 OC–606

  Sofya Anokhina 74-80-73-78–305

  Angelina Monakhova 80-78-75-78–311

  Ksenia Eremina 75-75-82-82–314

40.Scotland (SCO) – 154 IC-151 OC-152 IC-151 OC–608

  Gemma Dryburgh 75-76-73-73–297

  Gabrielle Macdonald 79-75-79-78–311

  Eilidh Briggs 80-NC-NC-NC–NC

41.Venezuela (VEN) – 153 OC-153 IC-155 IC-149 OC–610

  Maria Andreina Merchan 75-76-75-72–298

  Ariadna Fonseca 78-78-80-77–313

  Nicole Ferre 81-77-80-79–317

42.Guatemala (GUA) – 151 OC-149 IC-155 IC-159 OC–614

  Lucia Polo 71-73-74-76–294

  Pilar Echeverria 80-76-81-83–320

  Beatriz Arenas 84-95-88-88–355

43.Turkey (TUR) – 155 OC-157 IC-155 IC-150 OC–617

  Elcin Ulu 78-79-76-76–309

  Sena Ersoy 84-79-79-74–316

  Damla Bilgic 77-78-82-82–319

44.Slovakia (SVK) – 151 OC-153 IC-159 IC-155 OC–618

  Natalia Heckova 74-76-78-77–305

  Lea Klimentova 81-77-81-78–317

  Aneta Abrahamova 77-83-81-83–324

45.Portugal (POR) – 167 OC-154 IC-157 IC-151 OC–629

  Leonor Bessa 88-78-78-73–317

  Susana Mendes Ribeiro 80-83-79-79–321

  Ines Barbosa 87-76-84-78–325

46.Guam (GUM) – 164 OC-168 IC-160 IC-155 OC–647

  Kristin Oberiano 82-82-78-75–317

  Nalathai Vongjalorn 82-86-82-80–330

  Rachael Peterson 91-88-86-87–352

47.Bolivia (BOL) – 162 OC-165 IC-163 IC-161 OC–651

  Tamara Paz 81-83-81-80–325

  Michelle Ledermann 81-82-82-81–326

48.Serbia (SRB) – 171 OC-174 IC-176 IC-171 OC–692

  Ariana Savic 79-88-85-84–336

  Tamara Palkovljevic 92-86-91-87–356

49.Ukraine (UKR) – 185 OC-196 IC-183 IC-184 OC–748

  Galyna Zagorodnia 87-91-92-93–363

  Mariia Pedenko 98-106-91-91–386

  Valeriia Sapronova 103-105-105-103–416

50.Gabon (GAB) – 183 OC-198 IC-181 IC-187 OC–749

  Lea Ndjobouela 87-91-85-90–353

  Corine Beyeme 96-107-96-97–396