Korea completed a wire-to-wire victory and claimed both the team and individual titles at the World Junior Girls Championship at the Marshes Golf Club in Ottawa.
Hye-Jin Choi of Paju-si saved her best performance for last, posting seven birdies in a bogey-free round to finish with a 65 for the lowest round of the tournament.
“Through the first three rounds I was focused on improving my putting, but today I sank a birdie on the first hole and with it, gained a boost of confidence for the round,” she said.
“I felt better out there today than during any other round. I knew I could do it and at the same time, I trusted that my teammates would get it done, as well,” she added.
“Team competition is not very common in golf,” added Choi, whose team was making its debut in the championship.
“So when I get a chance to play as a team and represent my country, my focus is always on the team. When I saw their scores, I was so relieved and was then able to turn my attention to winning the individual title. I am so happy and proud of us,” she said.
The remaining two members of the Korean contingent completed the competition tied for fourth at 1-under 287. Eun-Soo Jang of Chang Hyung shot a final-round of even-par 72 to count towards her team’s winning total of 22-under 554. The final member of the squad, Shin Hye Kim of Icheon, carded a 73.
“This is a really big win for us,” said head coach Sang-Won Ko, whose trio was the only team to all finish with under-par rounds.
“Coming into the tournament, we never expected that we would win. Our top priority was to learn since the environment and course would be so different to us. I am so happy with the result,” he added.
“It is an added bonus to win because we learned so much during the week. I am really proud of all of my players,” said Ko.
For all the individual scores, click here.
Team Canada Two and Team Canada Three finished 13th and 14th, respectively, in team play. The final team standings are below.
2015 World Junior Girls Championship-Team
1. Team Republic of Korea – Hye-jin Choi, Korea, Eun-soo Jang, Korea, Shin Hye Kim, Korea, *142-137-138-137-554 -22
2. Team Denmark – Line Toft Hansen, Denmark, Cecilie Bofill, Denmark, Puk Lyng Thomsen, Denmark, *145-140-145-142-572 -4
3. Team Sweden – Filippa Moork, Sweden, Elin Esborn, Sweden, Frida Kinhult, Sweden, *144-143-141-148-576 E
4. Team France – Elisabeth Codet, France, Anais Meyssonnier, France, Pauline Roussin-Bouchard, France, *146-142-147-149-584 +8
5. Team USA – Alyaa Abdulghany, United States of America, Courtney Dow, United States of America, Elizabeth Wang, United States of America, *144-150-145-153-592 +16
6. Team Spain – Paz Marfa Sans, Spain, Elena Hualde Zuniga, Spain, Maria Herraez Galvez, Spain, *146-144-148-155-593 +17
7. Team Mexico – Ana Paula Valdes, Mexico, Isabella Fierro, Mexico, Maria Fassi, Mexico, *146-151-144-153-594 +18
8. Team Australia – Karis Davisdon, Australia, Hannah Green, Australia, Rebecca Kay, Australia, *146-147-148-154-595 +19
9. Team England – Sophie Lamb, England, Inci Mehmet, England, Hollie Muse, England, *150-148-150-151-599 +23
9. Team Italy – Angelica Moresco, Italy, Carlotta Ricolfi, Italy, Carolina Caminoli, Italy, *146-152-154-147-599 +23
11. Team Finland – Anna Backman, Finland, Daniella Barrett, Finland, Katri Bakker, Finland, *150-152-149-149-600 +24
12. Team Norway – Sandra Nordaas, Norway, Karoline Lund, Norway, Renate Grimstad, Norway, *145-151-156-150-602 +26
13. Team Canada Two – Euna Han, Canada, Alisha Lau, Canada, Kathrine Chan, Canada, *151-149-153-154-607 +31
14. Team Canada One – Grace St-Germain, Canada, Hannah Lee, Canada, Tiffany Kong, Canada, *152-159-159-153-623 +47
15. Team China – Wang Ziyi, China, Jin Man, China, *156-158-161-166-641 +65