Golfers strong at World CupThe Korean team finished in a second-place tie at the inaugural Women’s World Cup of Golf in George, South Africa, which ended Sunday.
Jang Jeong, 25, and Song Boe-bae, 19, represented Korea in the tournament, held at the par-73 Links Course at Fancourt Court, in which 20 countries competed.
The Philippines’ Jennifer Rosales and Dorothy Delasin also finished in second place.
Japan’s 19-year-old prodigy Ai Miyazato and Riu Kitada took the top spot. Miyazato has won five golf tournaments in Japan and had 16 top-10 finishes.
Jang and Song trailed the leading Japanese golfers, and finished with a one-under par third round.
In the final round, each team played 18 holes on an individual basis and added up the total number of strokes per person for the team score. Most players performed poorly and finished over par.
Korea was at a four-under par following the second round, a stroke behind Japan, but succeeded in tying the match early in the third round. Jang and Song had hit two bogies, but Kitada ran into a serious problem, landing four bogies. But the Korean team missed the chance to turn the round in their favor by failing to sink crucial putts. Jang double-bogied the 15th after hitting out of the rough straight into the water.
On the first day, Jang and Song had finished tied in last place with a one-over par. But, they ended the second round at five-under par and climbed to fourth place.
Diana Luna and Giulia Sergas of Italy finished third on the second day, but the two golfers each triple bogied and skidded to 10th place.
Among other high-profile players in the event were Sophie Gustafson and Carin Koch of Sweden; Meg Mallon and Beth Daniel of the United States; Laura Davis and Karen Stupples of England, and Karrie Webb and Rachel Hetherington of Australia.
by Chung Jeh-won, Limb Jae-un
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
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