Thursday, June 15, 2017
United States Maintains Lead Heading into Final Round of Girls Division of 2017 TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup Supported by JAL
Thailand takes lead in Boys Division
TOYOTA CITY, Japan – After shooting the low round of the day (137), the United States (-8) will carry a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Girls Division of the 2017 TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup Supported by JAL in Toyota City, Aichi-Prefecture, Japan.
Host Japan remained in second place at 6-under while Italy moved up to the third position at plus-3. Australia fell into a tie for fourth with South Africa at 8-over while Colombia (+12), France (+22), the Philippines (+27) and Mexico (+33) closed out the girls’ field.
“The team played great today,” United States girls coach JoJo Robertson said. “They fought hard and were consistent. We’re looking forward to the last round tomorrow.”
Japan’s Yuna Nishimura (-6) continues to lead the individual competition, clinging to a three-stroke lead over Alyaa Abdulghany of the United States and Italy’s Benedetta Moresco (-3). Emilia Migliaccio of the United States (-2) is the final player under par for the tournament and sits in fourth place.
Australia’s Grace Kim (+3) holds the fifth spot – one stroke ahead of Japanese teammates Ayaka Furue and Riri Sadoyama (+4). Lucie Malchirand of France and Italy’s Clara Manzalini are tied for eighth at plus-6 while Kajal Mistry of South Africa (+7) checks in 10th.
In the boys’ competition, Thailand shot a tournament-low round of 202 (-11) to move to 17-under for the tournament and take a two-stroke lead over second place Japan (-15). New Zealand (-14) moved up to third place – three shots clear of previous leader United States (-11). Denmark (-6) and Germany (-2) round out the teams below par in fifth and sixth place, respectively.
“They played so well today,” Thailand captain Kanes Nitiwanakul said. “We expected the other teams to play well so we knew we had to shoot a low score today. We’re excited and confident going into the final round.”
France dropped to the seventh spot at 2-over while South Africa (+5) sits in eighth – four shots ahead of ninth place Italy (+9). Mexico fell to 10th at plus-11 while Colombia (+19), Peru (+20), Korea (+25), Zimbabwe (+28) and Guatemala (+41) round out the boys field.
Daniel Hillier of New Zealand (-10) fired his second consecutive round in the 60s and holds a two-shot lead over American Frank Capan (-8) in the individual competition. Ren Yonezawa of Japan checks in third at minus-7 – one shot clear of Thailand’s Kosuke Hamamoto and Atiruj Winaicharoenchai (-6).
Shota Ueki of Japan (-5) holds the sixth spot by one shot over a trio of players – Denmark’s Gustav Frimodt, Sadom Kaewkanjana of Thailand and South Africa’s Jayden Schaper – tied for seventh at 4-under. Rasmus Hojgaard of Denmark and Peru’s Julian Perico are tied for 10th at minus-3.
Final round tees off, Friday at 8:00 AM.