Korea Dominates at the World Amateur Team

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Oct. 23, 2010) -- Korea broke the record for the lowest score and won the 2010 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship by 17 strokes over the USA to claim its second Espirito Santo Trophy at Olivos Golf Club.

The Koreans, who also won the title in 1996 in the Philippines, shot 30-under-par 546 and demolished the 72-hole scoring mark of 558 set by the USA in 1998. Overall, the Koreans have won four medals in the championship and finished second in 1994 and 2000. Their margin of victory was just four strokes shy of the record of 21 by the USA in 1998.

“This is the second time we have won this event and I would like to thank the players for the victory,” said Korean captain Hyung-Mo Kang. “They played very well.”

“Hyun-Soo Kim and Jung-Eun Han shot 69 and 70, respectively. The 71 from Ji-Hee Kim was discarded.

Han, who advanced to the third round of the 2010 U.S. Women’s Amateur, set the championship record for lowest 72-hole score by an individual at 275, one stroke better than Jenny Chuasiriporn of the USA in 1998.

“The Korean people who live in Argentina gave us applause and support,” said Han, 17, who won the 2008 Queen Sirikit Cup. “I felt the pressure because I wanted to win this with the team.”

The USA finished second at 563 for its 19th medal overall and third silver-medal performance. Danielle Kang, the 2010 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion, shot 70 and Auburn University All-American Cydney Clanton shot 73.

Defending champion Sweden, France and South Africa finished tied for third at 572. Sweden kept its streak alive by finishing in the top 10 in all 24 Espirito Santo Trophy competitions.

Spain finished sixth at 573 followed by Canada in seventh at 574. Germany, the Philippines and New Zealand shared eighth place at 575.

Germany maintained its spot in third place at 423 followed by South Africa at 424. Argentina, Spain and France were tied for fifth place at 425. Defending champion Sweden were in eighth place at 426 and were followed by Mexico and the Philippines who tied for ninth at 430.

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.

Compiled by Pete Kowalski, IGF Media Officer

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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