USA takes opening-round lead at World Junior Girls Championship

September 28, 2014

MARKHAM, Ont. (Golf Canada) – Megan Khang (5-under 67) and Mika Liu (2-under 70) shot an opening-round team-total 7-under 137 to give Team USA a 7-shot, opening-round lead at the inaugural  World Junior Girls Golf Championship at Angus Glen Golf Club (South Course) in Markham, Ont.

Khang, 16, carded six birdies and a single bogey going off the back nine of the South Course at Angus Glen on Sunday. Currently the no. 40 ranked player on the World Amateur Golf Ranking, Khang finished her opening-round in impressive fashion with birdies on her final four holes.

“I was hitting a lot of great approach shots coming in and my short game was working really well for me,” said Khang following her round. “That’s what I’ve been working on the most and it’s great to see it coming all together. The course was in great shape; I blew some putts by but made some comebackers and that gave me a great confidence boost in the putter.”

Liu, 15, had five birdies and three bogies in her opening round as the second US score to count while teammate Angel Yin shot a (non-counting) 1-over 73 in her opening round.

For Team USA non-playing captain Courtney Myhrum, the team executed their game plan and left their captain brimming with pride following their round.

“I’m so proud, the team did a wonderful job; the course was playing great and I’m in awe of how they hit the ball,” said Myhrum. “What impresses me so much is that these kids hit greens in regulation and give themselves birdie opportunities one after another. They’re very consistent off the tee and they didn’t get into any trouble.”

Team Canada, led by the world’s no. 1 ranked amateur Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont. sits alone in second at even-par 144 through 18 holes. Henderson (2-under 70) and teammates Grace St. Germain of Ottawa (2-over 74) and Naomi Ko of Victoria (5-over 77) were grouped with Team USA in Sunday’s opening round at Angus Glen.

Henderson, 17, finished with four birdies including her final two holes while St-Germain, 16, was 1-under through 16 holes before a bogey on her 17th hole and a double-bogey finish for Canada’s two counting scores.

“It was little bit slow to start, I wasn’t hitting the ball quite as good as I would have liked to,” said Henderson, who earlier this year finished runner-up at the US Women’s Amateur and was the low individual at the recent World Amateur Team Championship. “Throughout the round I started to get a bit more comfortable. The last couple of holes I was playing my best golf; three birdies in the last four or five holes so I’m happy with that.”

Team Finland’s Anna Backman (1-under 71), Sandra Salonen (2-over 74) and Ellinoora Moisio (10-over 82) are alone in third at 145. Rounding out the top-five tied at 3-over 147 are the Italian trio of Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso (1-over 73), Calotta Ricolfi (2-over 74) and Martina Flori (4-over 76) as well as Spain’s Ana Pelaez Trivino (1-over 73), Alejandra Pasarin Olalla (2-over 74) and Nuria Iturrios (9-over 81).

Canada’s second team in the competition comprised of Jaclyn Lee of Calgary (even-par 72), Selena Costabile of Thornhill, Ont. (6-over 78) and Alisha Lau of Richmond, B.C. (11-over 83) shot a team-total, 6-over 150 sit tied for 8th with Belgium and Sweden.

With her opening round 67, Khang sits alone atop the individual leader board with a three-shot lead over Liu (70) and Henderson (70) heading into Monday’s second round.  Finland’s Anna Backman is fourth at 1-under 70 while Canadian Jaclyn Lee and England’s India Clyburn are tied for fifth at even-par 72 through 18 holes.

The following are opening-round team scores from the World Junior Girls Golf Championship at Angus Glen Golf Club (South Course / par 72 / 6,298 yards):

1. United States of America – Megan Khang, Angel Yin, Mika Liu *69-68-137 -7
2. Canada 1 – Brooke Henderson, Naomi Ko, Grace St-Germain *70-74-144 E
3. Finland – Anna Backman, Ellinoora Moisio, Sandra Salonen *71-74-145 +1
4. Italy – Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso, Martina Flori, Carlotta Ricolfi *73-74-147 +3
4. Spain – Nuria Iturrios Servera, Alejandra Pasarin Olalla, Ana Pelaez Trivino *71-76-147 +3
6. England – India Clyburn, Alice Hewson, Inci Mehmet *77-71-148 +4
7. Denmark – Puk  Thomsen, Line Hansen, Marie Lund-Hansen *75-74-149 +5
8. Belgium – Diane Baillieux, Clarisse Louis, Elodie Van Dievoet *72-78-150 +6
8. Sweden – Emma Svensson, Filippa Mork, Michaela Finn *74-76-150 +6
8. Canada 2 – Jaclyn Lee, Selena Costabile, Alisha Lau *77-73-150 +6
11. Mexico – Isabella Fierro, Maria Fassi, Monica Dibildox Hassaf *76-75-151 +7
11. Norway – Sandra Nordaas, Dorthea Charlotte Forbrigd, Renate Grimstad *74-77-151 +7
13. Czech Republic – Kristýna Frýdlová, Karolína Kohoutová, Hana Ryškova *80-73-153 +9
14. Australia – Hannah Green, Karis Davidson, Soo Jin (Jenny) Lee *76-78-154 +10
15. Ireland – Mary Doyle, Olivia Mehaffey, Annabel Wilson *79-76-155 +11
16. New Zealand – Alanna Campbell, Julianne Alvarez, Wenyung Keh *76-80-156 +12

The following are opening-round individual scores from the World Junior Girls Golf Championship at Angus Glen Golf Club (South Course / par 72 / 6,298 yards):

1. Megan Khang, United States of America, *33-34-67 -5
2. Mika Liu, United States of America, *36-34-70 -2
2. Brooke Henderson, Canada 1, *34-36-70 -2
4. Anna Backman, Finland, *34-37-71 -1
5. Jaclyn Lee, Canada 2, *36-36-72 E
5. India Clyburn, England, *37-35-72 E
7. Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso, Italy, *37-36-73 +1
7. Sandra Nordaas, Norway, *36-37-73 +1
7. Angel Yin, United States of America, *37-36-73 +1
7. Puk  Thomsen, Denmark, *38-35-73 +1
7. Ana Pelaez Trivino, Spain, *35-38-73 +1
12. Carlotta Ricolfi, Italy, *36-38-74 +2
12. Michaela Finn, Sweden, *35-39-74 +2
12. Hana Ryškova, Czech Republic, *38-36-74 +2
12. Clarisse Louis, Belgium, *35-39-74 +2
12. Grace St-Germain, Canada 1, *36-38-74 +2
12. Sandra Salonen, Finland, *37-37-74 +2
12. Alejandra Pasarin Olalla, Spain, *36-38-74 +2
19. Maria Fassi, Mexico, *38-37-75 +3
20. Martina Flori, Italy, *39-37-76 +4
20. Diane Baillieux, Belgium, *37-39-76 +4
20. Emma Svensson, Sweden, *39-37-76 +4
20. Isabella Fierro, Mexico, *38-38-76 +4
20. Wenyung Keh, New Zealand, *38-38-76 +4
20. Inci Mehmet, England, *40-36-76 +4
20. Line  Hansen, Denmark, *37-39-76 +4
27. Elodie Van Dievoet, Belgium, *42-35-77 +5
27. Naomi Ko, Canada 1, *39-38-77 +5
27. Olivia Mehaffey, Ireland, *40-37-77 +5
27. Soo Jin (Jenny) Lee, Australia, *38-39-77 +5
27. Karis Davidson, Australia, *38-39-77 +5
32. Renate Grimstad, Norway, *38-40-78 +6
32. Selena Costabile, Canada 2, *41-37-78 +6
32. Alice Hewson, England, *39-39-78 +6
32. Mary Doyle, Ireland, *39-39-78 +6
32. Hannah Green, Australia, *37-41-78 +6
37. Kristýna Frýdlová, Czech Republic, *42-37-79 +7
37. Marie Lund-Hansen, Denmark, *42-37-79 +7
39. Julianne Alvarez, New Zealand, *38-42-80 +8
40. Filippa Mork, Sweden, *42-39-81 +9
40. Alanna Campbell, New Zealand, *40-41-81 +9
40. Nuria Iturrios Servera, Spain, *41-40-81 +9
43. Annabel Wilson, Ireland, *44-38-82 +10
43. Ellinoora Moisio, Finland, *40-42-82 +10
45. Alisha Lau, Canada 2, *44-39-83 +11
46. Monica Dibildox Hassaf, Mexico, *41-43-84 +12
46. Dorthea Charlotte Forbrigd, Norway, *41-43-84 +12
48. Karolína Kohoutová, Czech Republic, *42-44-86 +14

•    Angus Glen’s 13th hole – a 380 yard par 4 – played as the most difficult hole Sunday, with players averaging more than half a stroke above par (4.52).
•    Both the 7th hole (501 yard par 5) and the 17th hole, (150 yard par 3) played as the easiest holes on Sunday, both playing -0.07 strokes below par.
•    Team USA’s Megan Khang leads the field in birdies with six.
•    Angus Glen (South Course) played as a par 72 at 6,298 yards.
•    Sunday’s opening round scoring included 87 birdies; 542 pars; 180 bogies; 47 double bogies; and 8 other scores.
•    The average opening-round score among the 48 competitors was 76.36.
•    Weather in Markham, Ont. today: High of 25°, low of 11° (Celsius). Varied winds up gusting up to 5km/h.
•    Angus Glen Golf Club is hosting the World Junior Girls Golf Championship as a test event for the 2015 golf competition of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games. The Pan Am Games will run July 10-26 with the golf competition running July 16-19.
•    Spectator admission as well as parking at Angus Glen Golf Club is free all week.

Second round Tee Times for Monday September 29th start at 8:30 off the 1st and 10th tees. Click here for pairings and start times.

•    Audio mp3 transcripts from Sunday’s opening round are available online.
•    Photo galleries from the World Junior Girls World Championship are also available online.

The inaugural World Junior Girls Golf Championship – contested on the South Course at Angus Glen Golf Club – is conducted by Golf Canada in partnership with the Golf Association of Ontario. The championship features three-player teams of athletes under the age of 19 representing 15 countries. As host country, Canada will field two teams in the competition.

The 16-team field will compete over 72 holes for both individual and team honours. The event – which is supported by the International Golf Federation, received grant funding by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Other funding partners include the Golf Canada Foundation (Women’s Golf Fund) and the R&A as well as Central Counties. Funding was also provided from the Federal and Provincial governments in preparation for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

Admission to the World Junior Girls Golf Championship is free for all spectators for the duration of the championship. For more information, visit

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