Canada posted a 14-under-par 274 for a two-stroke lead over surging Japan after two rounds of the 2014 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship (WWATC) at Karuizawa 72 Golf East.

Fueled by a 69 from Brooke Henderson and a 70 from Brittany Marchand, Canada registered a second-round total of 5-under-par 139 at the par-72 Iriyama Course. Their 36-hole total is the tied for the second-lowest in WWATC history.

“Today, we started a little slow,” said Canadian captain Liz Hoffman. “It wasn’t our best day on the front nine but we gained momentum through the round. What I saw in all the players was tremendous determination. They ground it out and stayed focused.”

Mirami Katsu, of Japan, which was 16th after the first round, shot a 7-under-par 65, to catapult the home nation into second place. Her teammate Eri Okayama shot a 5-under 67 for the day’s best team score of 12-under-par 132, which is the second-lowest team score for any round in championship annals.

Katsu’s 65 on the Oshitate Course was matched by England’s Bronte Law and is the lowest score at the 2014 championship.

Two-time defending champion Republic of Korea holds third place at 277, followed by Sweden and Spain tied for fourth at 278, Germany in sixth at 279, England, India and Mexico tied for seventh at 281 and Australia, Denmark, France and the USA tied for 10th at 282.

The 16-year-old Henderson, who is No.2 in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking™ (WWAGR) and won the CN Canadian Women’s Professional Tour event in Quebec in 2012 at age 14, posted five birdies against two bogeys on the Iriyama Course.

“My game, in the middle of the round, was really good,” said Henderson, who the low amateur at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open and runner-up at the U.S. Women’s Amateur. “It was great to get that birdie on 18 to get into the 60s. Any day in the 60s is a good day.”

In her round of 65, Katsu tallied an eagle, six birdies and a bogey. A 16-year-old- student at Kagoshima High School, she became the youngest winner in the history of the LPGA of Japan Tour in April when she captured the KKT Cup Vantelin Ladies Open at age 15. She is No. 25 in the WWAGR™.

“I was only 1-under on the front nine,” said Katsu, who was a quarterfinalist at the 2014 Japan Women’s Amateur. “But, I never gave up making any scores. I was happy to continue keeping up with my motivation until the 18th hole. I’m hoping I will not miss a beat for the next two days. I’ll do my best to focus.”

Japanese captain Tomoko Sakamoto did her best to keep the pressure off her team after the first round by not holding a team meeting in the evening.

“In WWATC history, our best rank for the Japan team was fourth place three times,” she said. “We missed a chance to receive a prize. Our goal is to win a prize and hoist a national flag with Japanese pride like as a rising sun flag. I hope to keep the team relaxed. I told them to fight for yourself and believe.”

Korea’s So-Young Lee, 17, who won the gold medal at the recent Youth Olympic Games in China, shot a 69 and teammate Hey-Jin Choi logged a 71. After winning in 2010 and 2012, Korea is attempting to become the first team to win three consecutive Espirito Santo Trophy competitions since the USA in 1980, 1982 and 1984.

The Women’s World Amateur Team Championship is a biennial international amateur competition conducted by the International Golf Federation (IGF), which comprises 137 national governing bodies in 131 countries. The competition, which is being held for the 26th time, is rotated among three geographic zones: Asia-Pacific, Americas and Europe-Africa.

This year’s event is hosted by the Japan Golf Association. The teams play for the Espirito Santo Trophy. The IGF is the international federation for golf for the International Olympic Committee and will conduct the Olympic golf competition in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. In each round, the total of the two lowest scores from each team constitutes the team score for the round. The four-day (72-hole) total is the team’s score for the championship.

Fog delayed the start of the second round by one hour.

For the third round, the top half of team scoring will play the Oshitate Course and the other half will play Iriyama. For the fourth round, it is vice versa.

KARUIZAWA, Japan – Results of Thursday’s second round of the 2014 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship played at the par 72, 6,309-yard/5,765-meter Oshitate Course (OC) and the par 72, 6,311-yard/5,768-meter Iriyama Course (IC) at Karuizawa 72 Golf East.

1.Canada (CAN) – 135 OC-139 IC–274
Brooke Henderson 66-69–135
Brittany Marchand 71-70–141
Augusta James 69-76–145
2.Japan (JPN) – 144 IC-132 OC–276
Minami Katsu 74-65–139
Yumi Matsubara 70-69–139
Eri Okayama 78-67–145
3.Republic of Korea (KOR) – 137 IC-140 OC–277
So-Young Lee 67-69–136
Hye-Jin Choi 70-71–141
Gyeol Park 75-75–150
T4.Spain (ESP) – 142 IC-136 OC–278
Noemi Jimenez Martin 70-66–136
Marta Sanz Barrio 72-71–143
Luna Sobron Galmes 76-70–146
T4.Sweden (SWE) – 143 OC-135 IC–278
Linnea Strom 71-67–138
Madelene Sagstrom 72-68–140
Louise Ridderstrom 73-75–148
6.Germany (GER) – 143 IC-136 OC–279
Olivia Cowan 71-67–138
Laura Funfstuck 72-69–141
Antonia Scherer 78-73–151
T7.England (ENG) – 147 IC-134 OC–281
Bronte Law 71-65–136
Hayley Davis 76-69–145
Gabriella Cowley 76-75–151
T7.India (IND) – 141 IC-140 OC–281
Aditi Ashok 69-70–139
Gurbani Singh 72-70–142
Astha Madan 75-76–151
T7.Mexico (MEX) – 142 IC-139 OC–281
Maria Gabriela Lopez Butron 69-68–137
Marijosse Navarro Miguez 73-72–145
Ana Paula Valdes 75-71–146
T10.Australia (AUS) – 144 IC-138 OC–282
Su Oh 71-68–139
Minjee Lee 73-70–143
Shelly Shin 74-70–144
T10.Denmark (DEN) – 143 IC-139 OC–282
Nanna Koerstz Madsen 69-72–141
Emily Kristine Pedersen 75-67–142
Caroline Nistrup 74-74–148
T10.France (FRA) – 140 IC-142 OC–282
Celine Boutier 71-70–141
Mathilda Cappeliez 69-74–143
Manon Gidali 73-72–145
T10.United States of America (USA) – 142 OC-140 IC–282
Alison Lee 68-70–138
Kristen Gillman 74-70–144
Emma Talley 77-72–149
T14.People’s Republic of China (CHN) – 146 IC-140 OC–286
Yuting Shi 70-69–139
Ziqi Ye 76-71–147
XinYing Wang 77-71–148
T14.Philippines (PHI) – 143 OC-143 IC–286
Princess Superal 71-72–143
Clare Amelia Legaspi 72-72–144
Pauline Del Rosario 74-71–145
T14.South Africa (RSA) – 142 OC-144 IC–286
Michaela Fletcher 69-73–142
Cara Bella Gorlei 73-73–146
Monja Richards 76-71–147
T17.Austria (AUT) – 146 OC-142 IC–288
Lea Zeitler 70-69–139
Leonie Bettel 77-73–150
Nadine Dreher 76-78–154
T17.Italy (ITA) – 141 OC-147 IC–288
Virginia Elena Carta 69-74–143
Laura Lonardi 72-74–146
Roberta Liti 74-73–147
T17.Netherlands (NED) – 143 IC-145 OC–288
Anne Van Dam 68-69–137
Dewi Weber 75-76–151
Romy Meekers 76-78–154
T20.Colombia (COL) – 147 IC-142 OC–289
Laura Sojo 72-71–143
Laura Camila Blanco 77-71–148
Maria Hoyos 75-77–152
T20.Finland (FIN) – 145 IC-144 OC–289
Oona Vartiainen 68-70–138
Emily Penttila 82-74–156
Mitilda Castren 77-79–156
22.Wales (WAL) – 146 IC-144 OC–290
Chloe Williams 71-74–145
Rebecca Helen Harries 79-70–149
Katie Bradbury 75-77–152
T23.Argentina (ARG) – 145 IC-146 OC–291
Manuela Carbajo Re 74-71–145
Magdalena Simmermacher 71-75–146
Delfina Acosta 74-75–149
T23.Ireland (IRL) – 141 OC-150 IC–291
Paula Grant 70-75–145
Maria Dunne 71-75–146
Mary Doyle 80-76–156
T23.Norway (NOR) – 148 OC-143 IC–291
Tonje Daffinrud 72-70–142
Mariell Bruun 77-73–150
Nicoline Skaug 76-79–155
T26.Belgium (BEL) – 147 OC-145 IC–292
Manon De Roey 70-72–142
Leslie Cloots 79-73–152
Fanny Cnops 77-78–155
T26.New Zealand (NZL) – 154 IC-138 OC–292
Munchin Keh 76-68–144
Julianne Alvarez 78-70–148
Zoe-Beth Brake 79-76–155
28.Puerto Rico (PUR) – 147 IC-146 OC–293
Maria F. Torres 74-73–147
Paola Robles 73-78–151
Valeria S. Pacheco 78-73–151
T29.Chinese Taipei (TPE) – 146 OC-148 IC–294
Ssu-Chia Cheng 72-71–143
Jo-Hua Hung 74-77–151
Chi-Hui Chen 82-83–165
T29.Slovenia (SLO) – 148 IC-146 OC–294
Katja Pogacar 71-74–145
Ana Belac 77-72–149
Ursa Oreheu 81-75–156
31.Switzerland (SUI) – 146 OC-149 IC–295
Albane Valenzuela 75-72–147
Kim Metraux 71-78–149
Morgane Metraux 76-77–153
T32.Iceland (ISL) – 149 IC-147 OC–296
Gudrun Bjorgvinsdottir 75-72–147
Olafia Thorunn Kristinsdottir 74-75–149
Sunna Vidisdottir 75-81–156
T32.Singapore (SIN) – 150 IC-146 OC–296
Sock Hwee Koh 75-68–143
Jo Ee Kok 75-78–153
Amanda Tan 78-82–160
T34.Hong Kong, China (HKG) – 146 OC-151 IC–297
Tiffany Chan 71-77–148
Kitty Tam 76-74–150
Isabella Leung 75-77–152
T34.Thailand (THA) – 152 IC-145 OC–297
Suthavee Chanachai 74-73–147
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras 79-72–151
Pajaree Anannarukarn 78-73–151
36.Guatemala (GUA) – 151 OC-149 IC–300
Lucia Polo 71-73–144
Pilar Echeverria 80-76–156
Beatriz Arenas 84-95–179
37.Brazil (BRA) – 150 OC-151 IC–301
Luiza Altmann 75-74–149
Luciane Lee 75-77–152
Clara Teixeira 75-80–155
T38.Poland (POL) – 148 OC-154 IC–302
Nastasia Kossacky 73-76–149
Dominika Gradecka 75-78–153
Dorota Zalewska 82-82–164
T38.Russian Federation (RUS) – 149 OC-153 IC–302
Ksenia Eremina 75-75–150
Sofya Anokhina 74-80–154
Angelina Monakhova 80-78–158
T40.Czech Republic (CZE) – 150 IC-154 OC–304
Hana Ryskova 74-76–150
Barbora Bakova 76-78–154
Karolina Vlckova 80-80–160
T40.Slovakia (SVK) – 151 OC-153 IC–304
Natalia Heckova 74-76–150
Lea Klimentova 81-77–158
Aneta Abrahamova 77-83–160
42.Scotland (SCO) – 154 IC-151 OC–305
Gemma Dryburgh 75-76–151
Gabrielle Macdonald 79-75–154
Eilidh Briggs 80-WD
43.Venezuela (VEN) – 153 OC-153 IC–306
Maria Andreina Merchan 75-76–151
Ariadna Fonseca 78-78–156
Nicole Ferre 81-77–158
44.Turkey (TUR) – 155 OC-157 IC–312
Damla Bilgic 77-78–155
Elcin Ulu 78-79–157
Sena Ersoy 84-79–163
45.Portugal (POR) – 167 OC-154 IC–321
Susana Mendes Ribeiro 80-83–163
Ines Barbosa 87-76–163
Leonor Bessa 88-78–166
46.Bolivia (BOL) – 162 OC-165 IC–327
Michelle Ledermann 81-82–163
Tamara Paz 81-83–164
47.Guam (GUM) – 164 OC-168 IC–332
Kristin Oberiano 82-82–164
Nalathai Vongjalorn 82-86–168
Rachael Peterson 91-88–179
48.Serbia (SRB) – 171 OC-174 IC–345
Ariana Savic 79-88–167
Tamara Palkovljevic 92-86–178
T49.Gabon (GAB) – 183 OC-198 IC–381
Lea Ndjobouela 87-91–178
Corine Beyeme 96-107–203
T49.Ukraine (UKR) – 185 OC-196 IC–381
Galyna Zagorodnia 87-91–178
Mariia Pedenko 98-106–204
Valeriia Sapronova 103-105–208

Source: USGA


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