The United States finished with a team-total score of 17-under par 559 for a wire-to-wire victory at the inaugural World Junior Girls Golf Championship at Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham, Ont.
The Americans (137-141-137-144 559) began Wednesday’s final round with a commanding 16-shot lead and went on to shoot a team-total, even-par 144 to capture top spot.
Team USA counted matching rounds of even-par 72 by 16-year-old Megan Khang (67-73-70-72 282) and 15-year-old Angel Yin (73-72-73-72 290) while 15-year old Mika Liu (70-69-67-73 279), who finished as individual gold medalist, rounded out the scoring with a round of one-over 73.
For Team USA non-playing captain Courtney Myhrum, the victory capped a special week that left her beaming with pride for her young squad.
“They’re my dream team, it’s been wonderful it’s been a great week and a real team effort; I couldn’t be more proud of the three of them, the way they conducted themselves on the course and off the course,” said U.S. non-playing captain Courtney Myhrum.
“Go play and have fun – there is really not much else I can say to these three. They had great course management and are really easy to captain because they know how to get around the golf course. They didn’t really need me this week,” she added.
Sweden, which began the day tied for fifth, five shots back of a podium placing, took the silver medal by counting the low team-total of the final round, a five-under 139.
Canada (144-146-141-149—580) was looking to build on its team-best score from Tuesday but it wasn’t meant to be as the host country shot a final-round, team-total five-over 149 to claim the bronze medal.
The Canadians counted final-round scores of even-par 72 by Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont. (70-73-71-72 286) and five-over 77 by Grace St-Germain of Ottawa (74-73-78-77 302). Teammate Naomi Ko of Victoria (77-79-70-81 307) completed the scoring with a 81, which didn’t count in team scoring.
In the individual competition, Liu won the gold medal by three shots over Khang, her American teammate.