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There were mixed emotions as Australia celebrated a Queen Sirikit Cup silver medal at Glenelg today.
The team of Steph Kyriacou, Doey Choi and Julienne Soo finished strongly with a combined one-under total in the third round and overall.
But while it was comfortably good enough to pull away from nearest rivals China (+2) and Thailand (+3), it cost them a couple of additional shots to the runaway Koreans, who were victorious by 16 strokes at 17 under after 54 holes.
“We’re happy to come second, but you have to be honest and say we were a long way behind Korea,” said Kyriacou, who carded the final round’s best score of four-under-par 69.
“We have done really well as a team and the girls played well, but it shows you we still have a lot of work to do to catch them (the Koreans).
“But overall, it’s a pretty good result.”
Kyriacou, 18, was particularly impressive this week, finishing fifth individually at one under in total.
Her nine birdies and two eagles for the week show the St Michaels member is more than capable of the scoring power required at the next level.
“If I can get rid of a couple of the rough holes, I’ll be happier,” she said.
Fellow Sydneysider Choi, 19, gave herself some great chances to score better than her 74 today, but couldn’t hole a series of birdie putts that might have spurred Australia’s push towards Korea’s imposing total.
“My short game has been great all week … I just couldn’t make those putts today,” said the Concord member.
“Still, we’ve had a great week as a team and I’ve really enjoyed myself all week.”
Soo, 21, didn’t enjoy her finest week, but fought hard today to overcome two double-bogeys in a gritty 78.
“Sometimes you just don’t have your best (game) … it was a great learning experience and great to be part of an Australian team,” the Victorian said.