Korea win 24th Espirito Santo Trophy

Korea broke the record for the lowest score to win the 2010 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship by 17 strokes over the USA to claim its second Espirito Santo Trophy at Olivos Golf Club.

The Koreans, who also won the title in 1996 in the Philippines, shot 30-under-par 546 and bettering the 72-hole scoring mark of 558 set by the USA in 1998. Overall, the Koreans have won four medals in the championship. Their margin of victory was just four strokes shy of the record of 21 by the USA in 1998.

“This is the second time we have won this event and I would like to thank the players for the victory,” said Korean captain Hyung-Mo Kang. “They played very well.”

Hyun-Soo Kim and Jung-Eun Han shot 69 and 70, respectively. The 71 from Ji-Hee Kim was discarded.

“I never looked at the leader board,” said Hun-Soo Kim, who was the low amateur at the 2010 Australian Women’s Open. “I realised we won on the last hole.”

Korea claimed victory by 17 strokes.Han, who advanced to the third round of the 2010 US Women’s Amateur, set the championship record for lowest 72-hole score by an individual at 275, one stroke better than Jenny Chuasiriporn of the USA in 1998.

“The Korean people who live in Argentina gave us applause and support,” said Han, 17, who won the 2008 Queen Sirikit Cup. “I felt the pressure because I wanted to win this with the team.”

The USA finished second at 563 for its 19th medal overall, and third silver-medal performance. Danielle Kang, the 2010 US Women’s Amateur champion, shot 70 and Auburn University All-American Cydney Clanton shot 73.

“It was a huge margin,” American captain Roberta Bolduc said of Korea’s 13-stroke lead at the start the final round. “The Koreans played incredibly well. Our team played well but we didn’t make a lot of putts. The silver medal sits very well. Second in the world is not a bad thing. In fact, it’s a good thing.”

The defending champions, Sweden, along with France and South Africa, finished tied for third at 572. Sweden kept its streak alive by finishing in the top 10 in all 24 Espirito Santo Trophy competitions.

Spain finished sixth at 573 followed by Canada in seventh at 574. Germany, the Philippines and New Zealand shared eighth place on 575.

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