Australia, with a combined 131 from world no. 1 ranked Minjee Lee and Su Oh in the final round, came from seven strokes back to win the 2014 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship (WWATC) at 29-under-par 547 in Karuizawa, Japan.
Canada, which led on each of the first three days, finished second at 27-under 549 to capture the silver medal.
Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont. (66-69-66-68–269) and Brittany Marchand of Orangeville, Ont. (71-70-69-72–282) combined for a final round four-under 140.
Augusta James of Bath, Ont. (69-76-72-75—292) added a final round 75 that didn’t count on the day’s final team score.
“We did our absolute best out there today and it was just a little bit short,” said team captain, Liz Hoffman.
“I look at that leaderboard and I think about what we’ve done the last four days and I am so proud of our girls. They’ve been fantastic and so wonderful to work with,” added Hoffman.
With her tournament score of 19-under par, Henderson, 16, finished as the low individual at the championship.
Ranked No. 2 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, Henderson finished three strokes ahead of No. 1 Lee and her tournament score of 269 for the championship breaks the Women’s World Amateur mark of 274 set by Lydia Ko in 2012.
“Australia had a great round today, I was really impressed,” said Henderson.
“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,” she said.
The men’s competition gets underway next week. Canada will be represented by Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont., and Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C.