Sisters Morgane and Kim Metraux, posted scores of 68 and 69 respectively for a seven-under-par total of 137 to propel Switzerland to a one-stroke lead over the Republic of Korea after the first round of the 27th Women’s World Amateur Team Championships in Mexico.
The team’s score of 137 on the Mayakoba El Camaleon Golf Club equals the third-lowest first-round score in championship history. The siblings, playing in their second consecutive World Amateur Team Championships, are members of the Florida State University women’s golf team.
Starting on the 10th hole, Morgane, 19, went out in 31, which included a three-hole run in which she recorded two consecutive birdies followed by an eagle. She ended her round with a birdie on the ninth to shoot a 68, the best round of the day.
“I actually had a bad nine to start with a double bogey but I made a 90-foot putt for an eagle on the fifth hole, my ninth,” Metraux said. “I just focused and the score just came. It is always better to just try to enjoy the day. I think I only missed one or two fairways, which is the key here.”
Her older sister Kim, 21, posted four birdies and a bogey for a round of 69 and was visibly proud of the team’s accomplishment.
“It’s always good to see your country’s name,” Kim said. “It’s always good at the top of the leaderboard.”
The Republic of Korea, which won the Espirito Santo Trophy in 2010 and 2012, and previously in 1996, posted a six-under-par total of 138 after a round of 68 from Hyun Kyung Park and a 70 from Hye Jin Choi.
“I didn’t expect to be tied for the lead on the individual leaderboard, but I am very happy,” said the 16-year-old Park. “I am really willing to make history and win the championship as Korea did in 2010 and 2012 because those players have had great success on the LPGA Tour and I want to follow in their footsteps so that other juniors can look up to me the same way I look up to them.”
“On the front nine all of us were struggling and I really didn’t expect to be in this position but on the back nine all of them got back to their routine,” added Republic of Korea captain Sang-Won Ko. “I’m really proud of them to be one off the lead today.”
The Koreans played on the Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club, the second course being used for the Championships.
In third position at 143, five strokes behind Switzerland was Japan. Nasa Hatoaka and Hina Arakaki both shot one-under-par score of 71.
“We had a three-day camp in Houston (Texas in the USA) before we got here and we practiced putting and chipping and short game drills,” said Japanese captain Tomoko Sakamoto. “We had a great camp and they are ready to score well but we have to avoid the hazards so we can score better than today.”
The Women’s World Amateur Team Championship is a biennial international amateur competition conducted by the International Golf Federation (IGF), which comprises 147 national governing bodies in 141 countries and 22 professional members. The competition, which is being held for the 27th time, is rotated among three geographic zones: Asia-Pacific, Americas and Europe-Africa. This year’s event is hosted by the Mexican Golf Federation. The teams play for the Espirito Santo Trophy.For complete results, visit www.igfgolf.org.