Date: September 26, 2015
Author: Mark Hayes

Sad end for Aussies

The World Junior Girls Championship ended on a low note for Australia today as Korea stormed to team and individual victories in Canada.

After some brilliant autumn weather earlier in the week, the first taste of the Ottawa winter blew in today and the Aussie team took a nasty blow before it even teed off.

Queenslander Karis Davidson woke up with a fever, withdrew and was taken back to the hotel to rest.

It left Hannah Green and Becky Kay to confront the fourth and final round knowing their scores had to count – and the damage was done early.

The young women combined to be eight over par through four holes and any hope of mounting a charge were dashed.

Both Green (75) and Kay (79) steadied down and each made a pair of birdies on the inward nine to display their customary fight.

But the damage of outward nines of 39 and 43 respectively had been done.

Green, of Perth’s Mt Lawley Golf Club, finished her four trips around The Marshes Golf Club at nine over and tied for 14th.

Kay, of Coolangatta Tweed Golf Club on the Gold Coast, finished T23 at +14 as the team finished a creditable eighth at 19 over for the week.

It was a long way back from the all-conquering Koreans who racked up an incredible -22 finish to win the team event by 18 strokes from Denmark.

That was capped by the tournament-low 65 today from Hye-jin Choi, who carded seven blemish-free birdies in a spectacular round to win the individual crown by seven strokes at -12.

Her teammates finished tied fourth at -1 to highlight the Koreans’ dominance.