Wednesday, June 14, 2017
United States Holds Lead in Both Girls, Boys Divisions at Midway Point of 2017 TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup Supported by JAL
American lead both competitions by a single shot
TOYOTA CITY, Japan – Defending champion United States (-1) shot a second round 143 to maintain the midpoint lead over host Japan in the Girls Division of the 2017 TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup Supported by JAL in Toyota City, Aichi-Prefecture, Japan.
Japan had the low round of the day (139) to move within a stroke of the Americans at even par. Australia (+1) claimed the third position while Italy (+4) sits in fourth. South Africa (+8), Colombia (+11), France (+18), Mexico (+19) and the Philippines (+23) round out the field.
“I thought the team played well today,” United States girls coach Jojo Robertson said. “It was great to see the players come through when we needed them. We feel good going into tomorrow.”
Japan’s Yuna Nishimura holds the pole position in the girls’ individual competition at 2-under. Benedetta Moresco of Italy and American Emilia Migliaccio (-1) are one shot back while three players – Australian teammates Grace Kim and Stephanie Kyriacou and Cory Lopez of Mexico – are tied for fourth at 2-over.
Alyaa Abdulghany of the United States and Australia’s Isabelle Taylor are tied for seventh at plus-3 while Maria Bohorquez of Colombia, Italy’s Clara Manzalini, Kaitlyn Papp of the United States and Japan’s Riri Sadoyama are deadlocked in ninth at 5-over.
In the boys’ competition, defending champion United States (-7) clings to a one stroke lead over Thailand (-6) and a two stroke lead over host Japan (-5) at the halfway point. New Zealand (-4) had the low round of the day (8-under) to move into fourth – two shots clear of Denmark (-2).
“I don’t think we played very well but we fought hard,” American boys coach Kyle Blaser said. “We gave some shots back to the field today but we finished strong and have to take it one step at a time. We’re excited about the next two days.”
France and Germany are tied for sixth place at 1-under – three strokes ahead of South Africa (+2). Mexico remains in ninth place at plus-3 while Italy find itself in 10th at 5-over. Colombia (+14), Peru (+17), Korea (+21), Guatemala (+27) and Zimbabwe (+28) close out the boys’ field.
American Frank Capan (-7) remains atop the boys’ individual leaderboard with a two shot lead over New Zealand’s Daniel Hiller and Jayden Schaper of South Africa (-5). Mexico’s Alejandro Madariaga moved up to fourth at 4-under
Four players – Gustav Frimodt of Denmark, Thailand’s Kosuke Hamamoto, Dimitri Mary of France and Japan’s Shota Ueki – are tied for fifth at minus-3, one shot ahead of Marc Hammer of Germany (-2).
The third round tees off, Wednesday at 8:00 AM.