Women's WATC / Round 4 - News Release
PUR finishes among the Top 20 Best Women Teams in the World
By Alberto C. Medina - PRGA Staff Writer
(September 30, 2012) – Puerto Rico has matched its best result ever at the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship, finishing in 20th place at the 2012 event held in Antalya, Turkey.
María Torres, Kyle Roig and Patricia García, the same squad that finished 20th two years ago in Buenos Aires, wrapped up play on championship Sunday by shooting +1 on aggregate, which gave the team a total score of +7 for the tournament.
That 20th position is a slight drop from the 17th place Puerto Rico enjoyed after three rounds, but a dramatic improvement over the 34th position that the team held after the first day of play.
Puerto Rico was this close to a better finish; after four birdies on the front nine, Roig was -2 going into the final hole of the tournament. But she double-bogeyed to end up at even par, costing Puerto Rico the chance to finish at +5 and tied for 18th place with México.
Puerto Rico finished above all but México of the eight Latin American nations competing in the event, as well as above countries with proud golfing traditions like Wales and Scotland, sports superpowers like Russia and China, and the host nation, Turkey.
The Republic of Korea, which led since the second round of the tournament, won its second consecutive championship with a total score of -13. Korea held off a late charge from Germany (-10), which finished second after a fantastic final round of -7. Finland and Australia shared third place at -9.
On an individual level, Torres staked her place among the 30 best female amateur golfers in the world by finishing at +1 for the tournament, good for 26th place among the 157 golfers who saw action in Turkey. Roig was also among the top 50 individual players, as her total score of +7 earned her 48th place. Lydia Ko of New Zealand, the highest-ranked female amateur golfer in the world, won the individual title with a score of -14.
The Puerto Rico Golf Association congratulates all three players, as well as captain Marilina Silén and coach Dean Spriddle, for proving that 2010 was no fluke and that Puerto Rico must be counted among the top-20 countries in the world when it comes to female amateur golf.
Next up, we’ll be following Robert Calvesbert, Erick Morales and Jerónimo Esteve, as the Men’s Championship kicks off this Thursday.