Japan takes Lead in Stellenbosch

by | Oct 18, 2006

It was Japan’s Rikako Morita’s 7-under 65 first round that stood out at the close of day 1 at the World Amateur Golf Championships, being played at the De Zalze and Stellenbosch Golf Clubs.

Hosts South Africa will be content with a 3–way tie for second, and the adage of home-ground advantage certainly assisted the home girls in securing a 5–under 139 overall score on the opening day.

Japan’s two other players Mika Mivazato and Erina Hara finished on even-par and one-over respectively, the best two scores placing Japan at the top of the team leader board overnight.

For South Africa Ashleigh Simon (3-under) and Kelli Shean (2-under) combined to place the team at 5-under for the tournament, while Stacy Bregman’s 1-over 73 score does not impact on the team’s standing.

Following Morita, the best-performing individuals included a 6-under 66 from Chinese Taipei’s Pei-Lin Yu, followed by Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist at 4-under for the day.

Nordqvist combined with Sofie Andersson’s 1-under to keep defending champions Sweden in the hunt for a consecutive title, ending the day 5-under with South Africa and Chinese Taipei.

Like SA, Germany also finished well on 3-under due to team performances by Sandra Gal (3-under) and Caroline Masson (even-par), while Canada closed the day 2-under, one in front of Australia and two in front of the USA at even-par for the day.

Conditions look tough for many teams, with a total of 7 teams from 42 making sub-par totals, and 12 teams going 10-over plus, an understrength Gabon finishing on 47-over, 15 points more than Zambia, it’s closest competitor on the leader board.

The full Team Leader Board is available online at  Golfstatresults.com, which also publishes the Player Leader Board for this event.

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