Thursday, June 14, 2018
Japan Recaptures Lead Heading into Final Round of Girls’ Division at 2018 TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup Supported by JAL
Spain retakes lead in boys’ event
TOYOTA CITY, Japan – After shooting its third-consecutive subpar round of the tournament (139), Japan (-14) will carry a 6-stroke lead into the final round of the Girls’ Division of the 2018 TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup Supported by JAL in Toyota City, Aichi-Prefecture, Japan.
Second round leader Korea (-8) fell to second following their first round above par (146). Canada also checks in below par in third place at 1-under. Sweden (+2) fell to fourth place – three shots ahead of two-time defending champion United States (+5). Colombia sits in sixth at 6-over while New Zealand (+17), Italy (+24) and South Africa (+24) round out the girls’ field.
“All of our players have contributed on different days of the tournament,” Japanese coach Shingo Kakutani said. “We responded very well to being paired with the Korean team and hopefully we will come out and finish well tomorrow.”
Korea’s Lee Sujeong (-7) remains atop the girls’ individual leaderboard ahead of Japanese teammates Yuna Nishimura (-6) and Yuka Yasuda (-5). Celeste Dao of Canada holds the fourth position at 4-under while Japan’s Ayaka Furue (-3), Ingrid Lindblad of Sweden (-3) and Korea’s Uhm Kyuwon (-1) are also below par.
Colombia’s Maria Bohorquez Fonseca and Sadie Englemann of the United States are tied for eighth at plus-2 while American Gina Kim and Valery Plata Pardo of Colombia (+4) check in 10th.
In the boys’ competition, Spain fired the low round of the day (207) to move to 20-under for the tournament and take a 7-stroke lead over second place Denmark (-13). Thailand jumped to third at minus-10 while Japan also checked in below par at 8-under
“We putted very well today and that’s the primary reason we’re leading right now,” Spanish captain Ion Ander Corral said. “We will need that to continue tomorrow and hopefully doing so will keep us in contention for the title.”
Argentina, South Africa and Sweden (+4) are in a three-way tie for fifth – one stroke ahead of Italy and Korea (+5). New Zealand moved up to 10th at plus-6 while Mexico finds itself in 11th at 7-over. Colombia (+13), the United States (+15), Canada (+25) and Morocco (+39) close out the boys’ field.
Denmark’s Rasmus Højgaard (-9) moved to the top of the individual leaderboard – one shot ahead of three players – Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra Coto of Spain, Japan’s Ryo Hisatune and Nicolai Højgaard of Denmark – tied for second at minus-8.
Three more players – Sweden’s Ludvig Aberg and Spanish teammates David Puig Currius and Eduard Rousaud Sabate – are tied for fifth at 6-under.
Final round tees off tomorrow, Friday at 8:00 AM.