SOUTH KOREA OWNS THE HOLY SPIRIT TROPHY
Talent and professionalism. Perhaps these two words can sum up the spirit of the Korean team that arrived this week to Argentina with a very clear goal: to win the Espirito Santo Trophy. And they did it on a row, finalizing on Saturday 23rd, with a total score of 30 under par after four days of competition, relegating to second place the USA women team, who was said to be the favorite.
The performance of the three players was overwhelming, and also got a record that probably no one can match in the modern history of this tournament, winning at the same time the top three individual classifications.
The protagonists of this wonderfull performance are Jung-Eun Han, Ji-Hee Kim and Hyun-Soo Kim, who met the glory on Saturday in a very forceful beating the U.S. team by 17 strokes difference. Third but far, ended the Swedes (defending champions), France and South Africa with an aggregate 4-under par (572 strokes).
The Argentina team led by Frederick Mc Neill, couldn’t close the final round as was previously expecting, totalizing 578 hits in the championship could not improve on fifth place in Madrid 1970. However, it is important to note the very good performance of Manuela Carbajo Re, with rounds of 70, 67, 73 and 76, ending tied for eighth place in the individual classification.
“We were very happy with the experience this week in our country,” said Victoria Tanco and Martina Gavier, in conjunction with Carbajo Re who was very happy and surprised by his personal top ten.
On the Asian side, Han (13 under par and winner of the individual), who expressed her feelings: “When we arrived this morning at the course I felt pressure, I was nervous and did not want to look too much the leaderboard” said the player, who is planning to turn pro and play on the LPGA Tour in the United States.
The Korean came back to win the Espirito Santo Trophy after 14 years as they had been victorious in 1996 in the Philippines. In addition, Ji Hee Kim tied the lowest round in tournament history, a record that had the player of Paraguay Julieta Granada with 63 strokes. Korea also scored the lowest record in the history of the competition with 546 strokes (-30) after 72 holes and the three members of the team won the first three locations in the individual classification. A massive victory!
There were many members of the Korean community in Argentina who came today to the Olivos Golf Club, all of them took pictures with the winners at the end of the day, and even collaborated with the translation in the press conference. This gesture touched the players, who thanked his countrymen support throughout the tournament.
The golfers from around the world are already thinking in Turkey, home to the WATC in two years. However, the recent World begins for the men, who begin their practice rounds on Sunday in both courses Olivos Golf Club and Buenos Aires Golf Club for the Eisenhower Trophy. Delegations from 70 countries have arrived to Argentina to continue this great amateur golf event that has returned to Argentina after 38 years.
FINAL LEADERBOARD OF ESPIRITO SANTO TROPHY
WORLD AMATEUR TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP – BUENOS AIRES 2010
Days 1 & 4: Olivos Golf Club / Par 72 / 6.110 yards
Days 2 & 3: Buenos Aires Golf Club / Par 72 / 6.110 yards