Korea Powers Past USA at Women's World Amateur Team

Buenos Aires, Argentina (Oct. 21, 2010) – Korea fired a record-setting 16-under-par 128 to surge into the lead by one stroke over first-round leader USA in the second round of the 2010 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship. At the par-72 Buenos Aires Golf Club, the Koreans shattered the record for a single-round of 134, set by the USA in the second round in 1998. Jee-Hi Kim, 16, posted a 9-under-par 63 to match the lowest round in championship history by Julieta Granada of Paraguay in 2004. Teammate Jung-Eun Han, 17, added a 7-under 65. Korea, tied for 13th place after the first round at 1 over par, set the championship mark for 36 holes at 273. “We are glad with the results,” said Korean captain Hyung-Mo Kang.”They are very comfortable the way they are playing.” “I was back and forth watching,” said Canadian captain Doug Roxburgh, whose team played with the Koreans. “They played the par 3s unbelievably. And, they made a bunch more birdies. It was perfect scoring conditions. You couldn’t get a bad lie. They certainly took advantage of it. That is a record that will stand for a while.” Scoring was good at both courses. Fifteen teams registered 36-hole totals of par or better. Statistically, 44 players shot sub-par scores in the second round compared to 22 in the first round. The 66 sub-par scores is a record for the championship, surpassing the 54 that were shot in Puerto Rico in 2004. Kim, who started with five birdies on the first six holes, finished with 10 birdies against just one bogey for her career-best competitive round. “We were expecting to play well after our practice rounds,” Kim said. “But not like this.” The USA used a 6-under-par 66 from Jessica Korda and an even par 72 from Cydney Clanton for second position at 274. Korda is the low individual through 36 holes at 10-under 134. Clanton, a 2010 Curtis Cup teammate of Korda, knows the lanky teen has been critical to the team’s success. “We’ll just try to keep her happy and motivated,” Clanton said. “That is the key.” “It was a good day, probably not what we would have hoped for, but we came back from the bogeys that we made,” said USA captain Roberta Bolduc. “I rely on their skill and they have great pride. We are happy that we are close to the top.” Conversely, the Koreans are not really concerned about the scoreboard and use some ‘tunnel-vision’ to their advantage. “We do not really worry about the other teams but we focus on our team,” Kang said. “There are still two days left. We are very happy that the local Korean community has come out to support us.” Germany moved into third place at 11-under-par 277 and was followed by the Philippines in fourth at 279. Host Argentina rallied early and was tied for the lead at one point but finished tied for fifth at 281 with defending champion Sweden, which jumped 11 places from the first round, South Africa and Mexico. Canada was ninth at 182, followed by and France in 10th position at 284. For complete results and third round groupings and starting times, visit www.internationalgolffederation.org and click on the Golfstat icon. Conducted by the International Golf Federation, which comprises national governing bodies of golf in more than 120 countries, the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship is a biennial international amateur competition, which is rotated among three geographic zones: Asia-Pacific, Americas and Europe-Africa. This year the event is hosted by the Asociacion Argentina de Golf. The teams play for the Espirito Santo Trophy. Each team has two or three players and plays 18 holes of stroke play for four days. In each round, the total of the two lowest scores by players from each team constitutes the team score for the round. The four-day (72 holes) total is the team’s score for the championship. The World Amateur Team Championship is being played at (1) Olivos Golf Club - (par 36-36—72, 6,110 yards, 5,584 meters) and (2) Buenos Aires Golf Club (par 36-36—72, 6,110 yards, 5,588 meters)

Results For Women's World Amateur Team Golf Championship (Espirito Santo Trophy)
1KoreaJung-Eun HanKorea150072-65-68-70=275
2KoreaJi-Hee KimKorea100075-63-68-71=277
T4WalesAmy BouldenWales70072-72-69-70=283
T4South AfricaKelli SheanSouth Africa70070-69-72-72=283
T4FLJessica KordaBradenton, FL70068-66-73-76=283

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ABOUT THE Women's World Amateur Team

In 1958 the United States Golf Association asked The R&A to join them in sponsoring a world-wide amateur golf team event to be played biennially in non-Walker Cup years. Between 35 and 40 nations were represented at the first meeting and President Dwight D. Eisenhower presented the trophy which bears his name. The committee of the event was to be known as the World Amateur Golf Council and is now the International Golf Federation. Teams of four players from each country competed over 72 holes with the leading three scores from each round to count. The first competition was held between 29 nations at St Andrews, with Australia beating the United States in a play-off. In 2002 the format changed to teams of three with the two leading scores to count.

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