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Friday, June 16, 2017

United States Storms Back to Win Boys Division of 2017 TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup Supported by JAL
Americans also repeat as Girls Division champions

TOYOTA CITY, Japan – The United States (-21) shot the low round of the day (-10) and came from six strokes back to repeat as champions in the Boys Division of the 2017 TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup Supported by JAL in Toyota City, Aichi-Prefecture, Japan. It is the Americans’ ninth title in the 25 years of the event. Host Japan came in second place at 17-under while third round leader Thailand (-14) finished in third.

“The guys really bought into themselves and wholeheartedly believe they could come back,” American boys’ coach Kyle Blaser said. “We really stepped up in tough conditions and I can’t say how proud I am of these young men. Not only are they great golfers but they’re great kids and it’s been an honor and a pleasure to represent the United States as their coach.”

Denmark (-6) jumped to fourth place and Germany was the final team to finish under par at minus-4. New Zealand (+1) fell to sixth while France (+4) and South Africa (+8) checked in seventh and eighth, respectively. Mexico (+10), Italy (+12), Colombia (+24), Korea (+35), Peru (+36), Zimbabwe (+45) and Guatemala (+51) closed out the boys’ field.

American Frank Capan – leader after three of the four rounds – claimed the boys’ individual title at 10-under. Kosuke Hamamoto of Thailand (-8) came in second while Denmark’s Gustav Frimodt (-7) checked in third. Shota Ueki of Japan and American Travis Vick – thanks to a final round 63 – tied for fourth at minus-6.
Yuji Sekito of Japan (-5) finished in sixth – one shot ahead of Thailand’s Atiruj Winaicharoenchai (-4). Rasmus Hojgaard of Denmark (-2) came in eighth – one stroke clear of five players – Germans Nick Bachem and Marc Hammer, Daniel Hillier of New Zealand, Thailand’s Sadom Kaewkanjana and Brandon Mancheno of the United States – who tied for ninth at 1-under.

In the Girls Division, the United States (-12) shot day’s lowest round (-4) to complete the wire-to-wire defense of its championship. Japan (-7) was the other team in the field to finish below par.

“It’s a great feeling and I’m so proud of these girls,” United States girls coach JoJo Robertson said. “From the start, they were a team. They supported each other every round and I couldn’t ask for anything more. They played great golf this week.”

Australia and Italy (+7) tied for third place – two shots ahead of Colombia (+9) and three strokes clear of sixth place South Africa (+10). France (+36), Mexico (+39) and the Philippines (+46) rounded out the girls’ field.

American Alyaa Abdulghany (-7) had the lowest round in the field for the second consecutive day to claim the Girls Division individual trophy. Japan’s Yuna Nishimura (-3) took second – one shot ahead of Emilia Migliaccio of the United States (-2). Japan’s Ayaka Furue (+2) finished in fourth place – a stroke clear of Benedetta Moresco of Italy (+3).
Australia’s Grace Kim and Riri Sadoyama tied for sixth at 5-over while Italy’s Clara Manzalini and Kajal Mistry of South Africa (+7) tied for eighth and Australia’s Isabelle Taylor came in 10th at plus-8.