Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Spain Leads After First Round of 2018 TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup Supported by JAL
Japan paces Girls’ Division
TOYOTA CITY, Japan – Spain fired an opening-round 10-under 203 to take a two-stroke lead over Korea (-8) after the first day of the 2018 TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup Supported by JAL in Toyota City, Aichi-Prefecture, Japan. Host Japan sits in third at 5-under (208) while Denmark and Thailand are deadlocked for fourth at minus-3. Mexico rounds out the teams below par at 2-under 211.
“We played very well today,” Spanish coach Yago Beamonte said. “I knew we had a very good team and I think that we’ll be in the fight for the tournament title.”
Argentina and Sweden find themselves at even par – one shot ahead of ninth place Colombia (+1). Three teams – Italy, Morocco and South Africa – check in tied for 10th at 2-over – one stroke in front of two-time defending champion United States (+3). Canada (+5) and New Zealand (+8) close out the boys’ field.
Spain’s David Puig Currius and Nicolai Højgaard of Denmark shot 6-under 65 to tie for the lead in the boys’ individual competition – one stroke ahead of Korea’s Kim Seungmin. Three players – Ludvig Aberg of Sweden, Japan’s Keita Nakajima and Bae Yongjun of Korea – are tied for fourth after posting opening-round 67s (-4). Spain’s Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra Coto, Ryo Hisatune of Japan and Denmark’s Rasmus Højgaard sit in a tie for seventh at 3-under.
Paced by a 4-under 68s from Ayaka Furue and Yuna Nishimura, host Japan (-8) holds a four-shot opening round lead in the Girls’ Division over Korea (-4). Canada (2-under) and Sweden (-1) are also below par after the first round.
New Zealand checks in fifth at even par – one stroke ahead of two-time defending champion United States (+1). Colombia (3-over), Italy (+5) and South Africa (6-over) round out the girls’ field.
“We have two players that returned from last year’s team,” Japanese captain Gentaro Hashida said. “Being familiar with the course is helpful but they played very well. We expect to continue to improve from this point.”
On the girls’ individual leaderboard, Korea’s Lee Sujeong joins Furue and Nishimura at minus-4 to form a three-way tie for first. Three more players – Celeste Dao of Canada, Sweden’s Ingrid Lindblad and Yuka Yasuda of Japan – are tied for fourth at 2-under – two shots clear of a five-way tie for seventh at even par.
The second round tees off tomorrow, Wednesday at 8:00 AM.