Canada Maintains Lead at WWATC September 3, 2014 By International Golf Federation

Minami Katsu's 7-under 65 matched the championship's lowest round and helped host-country Japan surge into second position. (USGA/Steven Gibbons)

KARUIZAWA, Japan – Canada posted a 5-under-par 139 on Thursday for a two-stroke lead over surging Japan after two rounds of the 2014 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship (WWATC) at Karuizawa 72 Golf East.

Fueled by a 3-under-par 69 from Brooke Mackenzie Henderson and a 2-under 70 from Brittany Marchand on the par-72 Iriyama Course, Canada now has a 36-hole total of 14-under 274 in the 3-count-2 format. Augusta James, who shot a 69 on the Oshitake Course in Wednesday’s opening round, had a non-counting 76. Canada’s 36-hole total is tied for the second-lowest in WWATC history.

The USA received a pair of 2-under 70s from U.S. Women’s Amateur champion Kristen Gillman and 2014 USA Curtis Cup competitor Alison Lee on the Iriyama Course. The Americans, at 6-under 282, are eight strokes behind the front-running Canadians. The USA is tied for 10th with France, Denmark and Australia.

Mirami Katsu, of Japan, which was 16th after the first round, shot a 7-under-par 65, to catapult the home nation into second place. Her teammate Eri Okayama added a 5-under 67 for the day’s best team score of 12-under-par 132, which is the second-lowest team score for any round in championship annals.

Katsu’s 65 on the Oshitate Course was matched by England’s Bronte Law and is the lowest score at the 2014 championship.

Two-time defending champion Republic of Korea holds third place at 277, followed by Sweden and Spain tied for fourth at 278, Germany in sixth at 279, England, India and Mexico tied for seventh at 281.

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.

Fog delayed the start of the second round by one hour.

The 16-year-old Henderson, who is No.2 in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking™ (WWAGR) and won the CN Canadian Women’s Professional Tour event in Quebec in 2012 at age 14, posted five birdies against two bogeys on the Iriyama Course.

“My game, in the middle of the round, was really good,” said Henderson, the low amateur at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open and runner-up at last month’s U.S. Women’s Amateur. “It was great to get that birdie on 18 to get into the 60s. Any day in the 60s is a good day.”

In her round of 65, Katsu tallied an eagle, six birdies and a bogey. A 16-year-old- student at Kagoshima High School, she became the youngest winner in the history of the LPGA of Japan Tour in April when she captured the KKT Cup Vantelin Ladies Open at age 15. She is No. 25 in the WWAGR™.

“I was only 1-under on the front nine,” said Katsu, a quarterfinalist at the 2014 Japan Women’s Amateur. “But I never gave up making any scores. I was happy to continue keeping up with my motivation until the 18th hole. I’m hoping I will not miss a beat for the next two days. I’ll do my best to focus.”

Japanese captain Tomoko Sakamoto did her best to keep the pressure off her team after the first round by not holding a post-round team meeting.

“In WWATC history, our best rank for the Japan team was fourth place three times,” she said. “We missed a chance to receive a prize. Our goal is to win a prize and hoist a national flag with Japanese pride. I hope to keep the team relaxed. I told them to fight for yourself and believe.”

Korea’s So-Young Lee, 17, who won the gold medal at the recent Youth Olympic Games in China, shot a 69 and teammate Hey-Jin Choi logged a 71. After winning in 2010 and 2012, Korea is attempting to become the first team to win three consecutive Espirito Santo Trophy competitions since the USA in 1980, 1982 and 1984.

The USA has an uphill battle to claim its first Espirito Santo Trophy in 16 years. The Americans, who also had a non-scoring 72 from 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion Emma Talley, own a record 13 titles in the WWATC.

“Kristen hit the ball really well today,” said USA captain Martha Lang. “She could definitely have gone lower. Alison didn’t hit it as well and Emma hit it well but didn’t make any putts. If we can make some putts and get on a roll, we can make some headway because it is there. They are hitting a lot of greens and they are hitting it close but we’ve got to start making some putts.”

Australia’s Minjee Lee, recipient of the 2014 Mark McCormack Medal for being the leading amateur in the WWAGR, shot a 2-under 70 on the Oshitake Course to help pull her team into a share of 10th. Teammate Su-Hyun Oh, a quarterfinalist in the last two U.S. Women’s Amateurs, added a 68.

For Friday’s third round, the half of the field with the lower team scores will play the Oshitate Course and the other half will play Iriyama. The teams will switch courses on Saturday for the final round.

KARUIZAWA, Japan (3 Sept.) -- Results of Thursday’s second 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. Canada (CAN) - 135 OC-139 IC--274
  Brooke Henderson 66-69--135
  Brittany Marchand 71-70--141
  Augusta James 69-76--145
2. Japan (JPN) - 144 IC-132 OC--276
  Minami Katsu 74-65--139
  Yumi Matsubara 70-69--139
  Eri Okayama 78-67--145
3. Republic of Korea (KOR) - 137 IC-140 OC--277
  So-Young Lee 67-69--136
  Hye-Jin Choi 70-71--141
  Gyeol Park 75-75--150
T4. Spain (ESP) - 142 IC-136 OC--278
  Noemi Jimenez Martin 70-66--136
  Marta Sanz Barrio 72-71--143
  Luna Sobron Galmes 76-70--146
T4. Sweden (SWE) - 143 OC-135 IC--278
  Linnea Strom 71-67--138
  Madelene Sagstrom 72-68--140
  Louise Ridderstrom 73-75--148
6. Germany (GER) - 143 IC-136 OC--279  Olivia Cowan 71-67--138
  Laura Funfstuck 72-69--141
  Antonia Scherer 78-73--151
T7. England (ENG) - 147 IC-134 OC--281
  Bronte Law 71-65--136
  Hayley Davis 76-69--145
  Gabriella Cowley 76-75--151
T7. India (IND) - 141 IC-140 OC--281
  Aditi Ashok 69-70--139
  Gurbani Singh 72-70--142
  Astha Madan 75-76--151
T7. Mexico (MEX) - 142 IC-139 OC--281
  Maria Gabriela Lopez Butron 69-68--137
  Marijosse Navarro Miguez 73-72--145
  Ana Paula Valdes 75-71--146
T10. Australia (AUS) - 144 IC-138 OC--282
  Su Oh 71-68--139
  Minjee Lee 73-70--143
  Shelly Shin 74-70--144
T10. Denmark (DEN) - 143 IC-139 OC--282
  Nanna Koerstz Madsen 69-72--141
  Emily Kristine Pedersen 75-67--142
  Caroline Nistrup 74-74--148
T10. France (FRA) - 140 IC-142 OC--282
  Celine Boutier 71-70--141
  Mathilda Cappeliez 69-74--143
  Manon Gidali 73-72--145
T10. United States of America (USA) - 142 OC-140 IC--282
  Alison Lee 68-70--138
  Kristen Gillman 74-70--144
  Emma Talley 77-72--149
T14. People's Republic of China (CHN) - 146 IC-140 OC--286
  Yuting Shi 70-69--139
  Ziqi Ye 76-71--147
  XinYing Wang 77-71--148
T14. Philippines (PHI) - 143 OC-143 IC--286  Princess Superal 71-72--143
  Clare Amelia Legaspi 72-72--144
  Pauline Del Rosario 74-71--145
T14. South Africa (RSA) - 142 OC-144 IC--286
  Michaela Fletcher 69-73--142
  Cara Bella Gorlei 73-73--146
  Monja Richards 76-71--147
T17. Austria (AUT) - 146 OC-142 IC--288
  Lea Zeitler 70-69--139
  Leonie Bettel 77-73--150
  Nadine Dreher 76-78--154
T17. Italy (ITA) - 141 OC-147 IC--288
  Virginia Elena Carta 69-74--143
  Laura Lonardi 72-74--146
  Roberta Liti 74-73--147
T17. Netherlands (NED) - 143 IC-145 OC--288
  Anne Van Dam 68-69--137
  Dewi Weber 75-76--151
  Romy Meekers 76-78--154
T20. Colombia (COL) - 147 IC-142 OC--289
  Laura Sojo 72-71--143
  Laura Camila Blanco 77-71--148
  Maria Hoyos 75-77--152
T20. Finland (FIN) - 145 IC-144 OC--289
  Oona Vartiainen 68-70--138
  Emily Penttila 82-74--156
  Mitilda Castren 77-79--156
22. Wales (WAL) - 146 IC-144 OC--290
  Chloe Williams 71-74--145
  Rebecca Helen Harries 79-70--149
  Katie Bradbury 75-77--152
T23. Argentina (ARG) - 145 IC-146 OC--291  Manuela Carbajo Re 74-71--145
  Magdalena Simmermacher 71-75--146
  Delfina Acosta 74-75--149
T23. Ireland (IRL) - 141 OC-150 IC--291
  Paula Grant 70-75--145
  Maria Dunne 71-75--146
  Mary Doyle 80-76--156
T23. Norway (NOR) - 148 OC-143 IC--291
  Tonje Daffinrud 72-70--142
  Mariell Bruun 77-73--150
  Nicoline Skaug 76-79--155
T26. Belgium (BEL) - 147 OC-145 IC--292
  Manon De Roey 70-72--142
  Leslie Cloots 79-73--152
  Fanny Cnops 77-78--155
T26. New Zealand (NZL) - 154 IC-138 OC--292
  Munchin Keh 76-68--144
  Julianne Alvarez 78-70--148
  Zoe-Beth Brake 79-76--155
28. Puerto Rico (PUR) - 147 IC-146 OC--293
  Maria F. Torres 74-73--147
  Paola Robles 73-78--151
  Valeria S. Pacheco 78-73--151
T29. Chinese Taipei (TPE) - 146 OC-148 IC--294
  Ssu-Chia Cheng 72-71--143
  Jo-Hua Hung 74-77--151
  Chi-Hui Chen 82-83--165
T29. Slovenia (SLO) - 148 IC-146 OC--294
  Katja Pogacar 71-74--145
  Ana Belac 77-72--149
  Ursa Oreheu 81-75--156
31. Switzerland (SUI) - 146 OC-149 IC--295
  Albane Valenzuela 75-72--147
  Kim Metraux 71-78--149
  Morgane Metraux 76-77--153
T32. Iceland (ISL) - 149 IC-147 OC--296
  Gudrun Bjorgvinsdottir 75-72--147
  Olafia Thorunn Kristinsdottir 74-75--149
  Sunna Vidisdottir 75-81--156
T32. Singapore (SIN) - 150 IC-146 OC--296
  Sock Hwee Koh 75-68--143
  Jo Ee Kok 75-78--153
  Amanda Tan 78-82--160
T34. Hong Kong, China (HKG) - 146 OC-151 IC--297
  Tiffany Chan 71-77--148
  Kitty Tam 76-74--150
  Isabella Leung 75-77--152
T34. Thailand (THA) - 152 IC-145 OC--297
  Suthavee Chanachai 74-73--147
  Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras 79-72--151
  Pajaree Anannarukarn 78-73--151
36. Guatemala (GUA) - 151 OC-149 IC--300
  Lucia Polo 71-73--144
  Pilar Echeverria 80-76--156
  Beatriz Arenas 84-95--179
37. Brazil (BRA) - 150 OC-151 IC--301
  Luiza Altmann 75-74--149
  Luciane Lee 75-77--152
  Clara Teixeira 75-80--155
T38. Poland (POL) - 148 OC-154 IC--302
  Nastasia Kossacky 73-76--149
  Dominika Gradecka 75-78--153
  Dorota Zalewska 82-82--164
T38. Russian Federation (RUS) - 149 OC-153 IC--302
  Ksenia Eremina 75-75--150
  Sofya Anokhina 74-80--154
  Angelina Monakhova 80-78--158
T40. Czech Republic (CZE) - 150 IC-154 OC--304
  Hana Ryskova 74-76--150
  Barbora Bakova 76-78--154
  Karolina Vlckova 80-80--160
T40. Slovakia (SVK) - 151 OC-153 IC--304  Natalia Heckova 74-76--150
  Lea Klimentova 81-77--158
  Aneta Abrahamova 77-83--160
42. Scotland (SCO) - 154 IC-151 OC--305
  Gemma Dryburgh 75-76--151
  Gabrielle Macdonald 79-75--154
  Eilidh Briggs 80-WD
43. Venezuela (VEN) - 153 OC-153 IC--306
  Maria Andreina Merchan 75-76--151
  Ariadna Fonseca 78-78--156
  Nicole Ferre 81-77--158
44. Turkey (TUR) - 155 OC-157 IC--312
  Damla Bilgic 77-78--155
  Elcin Ulu 78-79--157
  Sena Ersoy 84-79--163
45. Portugal (POR) - 167 OC-154 IC--321
  Susana Mendes Ribeiro 80-83--163
  Ines Barbosa 87-76--163
  Leonor Bessa 88-78--166
46. Bolivia (BOL) - 162 OC-165 IC--327
  Michelle Ledermann 81-82--163
  Tamara Paz 81-83--164
47. Guam (GUM) - 164 OC-168 IC--332
  Kristin Oberiano 82-82--164
  Nalathai Vongjalorn 82-86--168
  Rachael Peterson 91-88--179
48. Serbia (SRB) - 171 OC-174 IC--345
  Ariana Savic 79-88--167
  Tamara Palkovljevic 92-86--178
T49. Gabon (GAB) - 183 OC-198 IC--381
  Lea Ndjobouela 87-91--178
  Corine Beyeme 96-107--203
T49. Ukraine (UKR) - 185 OC-196 IC--381
  Galyna Zagorodnia 87-91--178
  Mariia Pedenko 98-106--204
  Valeriia Sapronova 103-105--208