The United States (-36) shot its fourth-consecutive round below par to claim a nine-stroke victory over second place Germany (-27) in the Boys Division of the 2016 TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup Supported by JAL in Toyota City, Aichi-Prefecture, Japan. It is the Americans’ eighth title but their first since 2005. Thailand took third place at 22-under, two shots clear of Korea and South Africa (-20) – who tied for fourth.
“It’s been a long time coming,” American captain J.R. Steinbauer said. “They really played their hearts out and never gave up. I’m very proud of them and – after 10 years – it’s nice to have the trophy again.”
Chile (-15) used a final round 201 (-12) to jump up to sixth – four strokes ahead of seventh place Sweden (-11). Defending champion Japan (-4) claimed the eighth spot while New Zealand and Norway tied for ninth at 1-under and Canada dropped to 11th at plus-1. Mexico (+11), the Netherlands (+22), Zimbabwe (+23) and Brazil (+37) rounded out the boys’ field.
Chile’s Joaquin Niemann – the 2015 runner-up – shot a tournament record 62 (-9) to claim the Boys Division individual title at 17-under. Dylan Naidoo of South Africa – the leader following the second and third rounds – fell to second place at minus-12.
Five players – German teammates Marc Hammer and Max Schmitt, Sadom Kaewkajana of Thailand, Japan’s Takumi Kanaya and Norman Xiong of the United States – finished in a tie for third at 9-under. Four more competitors – Americans Austin Eckroat and Will Thomson, Kousuke Hamamoto of Thailand and Korea’s Kang Taeyoung – tied for eighth at minus-8.
In the Girls’ Division, the United States (-18) shot its second-consecutive 139 to hold off defending champion Japan (-13) and claim its first event championship.
“I think the team played great today,” United States girls coach Kory Henkes said. “Making birdies down the stretch was huge for us. I’m really proud of the entire team and it’s been a great week.”
Spain (-4) took home third place – one shot ahead of Korea (-3) and two clear of fifth place Italy (-2). Mexico (+4) jumped up to take the sixth spot while Argentina and South Africa (+11) tied for seventh and Australia (+28) finished in ninth.
American Kristen Gillman (-10) completed her wire-to-wire run atop the leaderboard to claim the Girls Division individual trophy. Japan’s Mone Inami (-6) took second – one shot ahead of her teammate Riri Sadoyama and Alyaa Abdulghany of the United States (-5). Italy’s Angelica Moresco and Ana Pelaez of Spain tied for fifth at 4-under – a single stroke ahead of Korea’s Jung Ahram and Isabella Fiero of Mexico (-3). Kaitlyn Papp of the United States (+1) and South Africa’s Ivanna Samu (+2) rounded out the individual top 10.
The 2016 TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup Supported by JAL is the world’s only junior golf championship in which 15 national teams – winners of regional qualifiers held across six continents and participated in by nearly 65 national teams – compete for the world championship.
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