Women's WATC / Round 3 - News Release
Puerto Rico vaults into top-20 at Women’s WATC
by Alberto C. Medina - PRGA Staff Writer
(September 29, 2012) – María Torres, Patricia García and Kyle Roig had the second-best round in the world on Saturday, combining for a score of -4 that catapulted Puerto Rico into a tie for 17th place with one round to go at the Women’s World Amateur Golf Championship.
After Torres led the way in the first two days of the tournament, it was García and Roig whose scores of -2 each counted on Saturday, as Puerto Rico’s -4 was second only to the United States (-7) in the third round and helped the Island’s team improve 10 spots on the leaderboard, from 27th after two rounds. Both ladies enjoyed great rounds on the Old Course at Gloria Golf Club; García had four birdies on the front nine, and Roig avoided all bogeys until she doubled the 16th.
Torres, it bears mentioning, wasn’t far behind: she shot -1 on the day and is now at even par for the tournament, which also places her tied for 17th out of over 150 golfers on the individual leaderboard.
Puerto Rico’s best finish ever at the Women’s WATC is 20th, achieved by this same team two years ago in Buenos Aires, so the ladies are poised to make history once again if they can manage to maintain or improve on their position on championship Sunday.
South Korea still leads the field at -11, and looks poised to capture its second consecutive title. New Zealand moved into sole possession of second place (-6) behind the strong play of top-ranked amateur in the world Lydia Ko, who leads all individual players with a score of -10.
The Puerto Rican team will finish up play on the New Course beginning at 9:10 a.m. (2:10 a.m. local time). María, Patricia and Kyle will be paired with México and Denmark, the two nations immediately above and below Puerto Rico in the standings.