Friday, June 15, 2018
Denmark Comes Back to Win Boys Division of 2018 TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup Supported by JAL
Japan dominates Girls Division
TOYOTA CITY, Japan – Denmark (-23) shot a 10-under 203 to come from seven strokes back and win the Boys Division of the 2018 TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup Supported by JAL in Toyota City, Aichi-Prefecture, Japan. It is Denmark’s first title in the 26-year history of the event. Third round leader Spain finished as the runner-up at minus-21 and Thailand (-19) came in third.
“We’ve been really looking forward to this week and knew we had a strong team coming in,” Denmark coach Martin Raal Kold said. “We had a bit of a rough day yesterday but the boys came back today and performed as well as we’d hoped. It was just enough to pull it off.”
Host Japan (-11) claimed the fourth spot while South Africa (-8) and Argentina (-1) also finished in the red. Mexico ended up at even par and moved into seventh – one shot ahead of eighth place Korea (+1). Sweden came in ninth at plus-3 while New Zealand (+5) and two-time defending champion United States (+7) checked in 10th and 11th - respectively. Italy (+8), Colombia (+12), Canada (+22) and Morocco (+48) rounded out the boys’ field.
Rasmus Højgaard of Denmark closed out the boys’ individual title at 16-under – four shots ahead of his twin brother Nicolai (-12). Sweden’s Ludvig Aberg took the third position at 10-under – one shot clear of fourth place finisher Bae Yongjun of Korea (-9).
South Africa’s Martin Vorster used a tournament record 61 (-10) in Friday’s final round to move into a fifth place tie with Eduard Rousaud Sabate of Spain at 8-under. Spaniard Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra Coto (-7) claimed the seventh spot while Ryo Hisatune of Japan (-6) finished eighth – two shots ahead of a tie for ninth between Argentina’s Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira and Arituj Winaicharoenchai of Thailand at minus-4.
In the Girls Division, Japan ran away with championship – finishing 10 strokes clear of second place Korea (-12) – at 22-under. No other team finished below par. Canada and Sweden tied for third at plus-2 – one stroke ahead of two-time defending champion United States (+3).
“We were very calm today,” Japanese captain Gentaro Hashida said. “We played well all four days and expected to do so. We have a very strong team and are proud to win the championship. The icing on the cake was all three players birdied their final hole.”
Colombia finished in sixth place at 9-over while New Zealand checked in seventh (+17). South Africa (+27) and Italy (+33) closed out the girls’ field.
Korea’s Lee Sujeong and Yuka Yasuda of Japan tied for the Girls Division individual trophy at 10-under. The other two Japanese participants - Yuna Nishimura (-9) and Ayaka Furue (-6) – finished third and fourth – respectively.
Canada’s Celeste Dao took the fifth spot at minus-5 – two shots ahead of sixth place Ingrid Lindblad of Sweden (-3). Korea’s Uhm Kyuwon (-2) was the final participant to finish below par in seventh place.