Date: September 25, 2015
Author: Mark Hayes

Gallant Aussies out of mix

Australia slipped from contention in the World Junior Girls Championship in Canada today as Korea kicked clear.

There were patches of brilliance from both Hannah Green and Becky Kay in the third round at The Marshes Golf Club, near Ottawa.

But they were interspersed with too many bogeys to keep pace with the dominant Koreans who effectively wrapped up the teams title with a day to spare.

Perth’s Green had her round to three under through the opening nine, but came unstuck at the par-3 12th with a triple-bogey six that flattened her and left her to sign for a 74.

Kay had a couple of birdies around the turn to be square with the card, but three back-nine bogeys consigned her to a 74.

The pair share 17th at six over, 11 behind Korean leader Hye-jin Choi.

“I was hitting the ball pretty well today apart from a few loose drives which led to some bogeys,” Kay said.

“I managed to make a few birdies to bring myself back to even through 10 though.

“I played pretty well through the back apart from a couple of bogeys. I'm eager to get back out there tomorrow and hopefully go low.”

Kay’s fellow Queenslander Karis Davidson had no luck with the putter, lipping out several times en route to a 79 that dropped her to a tie for 24th at 11 over.

The best two scores combined for the day gave Australia a 148 today to leave the team at nine over combined, sharing seventh with Mexico.

Incredibly, Korea, which has three of the top five individual players, is a combined 15 under par, runaway 11-shot leader over Sweden.