Italy hangs on in extra holes to win over USA at World Junior Girls Championship
Golf Canada – Thaïland’s Thitikul shoots 60 to break tournament and course records, capturing the individual competition
Team Canada One finishes 4th in team competition; Céleste Dao top Canuck in fifth place
OTTAWA, Ont. – It was a hotly contested finale at Camelot Golf & Country Club in Ottawa on Friday but when all was said and done, after a sudden death playoff on the 18th hole, it was Italy who prevailed over the USA to capture gold at the 2018 World Junior Girls Championship.
The Italian team, who led by as much as 10 strokes earlier in the week, needed to find an extra gear after regulation play concluded with both countries tied at 22 under. It found it in the form of team stalwart Alessia Nobilio, who sank a final birdie in the last playoff group to capture Italy’s first medal at the World Junior Girls Championship. Nobilio’s teammates Caterina Don and Emilie Paltrinieri, who were waiting anxiously greenside locking arms with coach Enrico Trentin, rushed the green to congratulate the young Italian golfer who led her team all week with her splendid play.
It was a bittersweet defeat for the USA, who managed to close a nine-stroke gap yesterday, only to come up short in the end. But for the Italian team, the relief was palpable.
“We had a one-shot lead going into the last round and, you know, in a team event, anything can happen, one shot lead is really nothing,” said Paltrinieri, who was accompanied by her teammates and served as a de facto spokesperson for the team, post-victory. “When we came up to 18, we were quite close, we were actually behind, but Alessia made that great birdie on the finishing hole to force overtime,” added the young golfer from Parigi, Italy.
It is obvious that there is real chemistry between the three Italian girls, who recently competed as a unit at the World Amateur Team Championship in Ireland, placing 6th. That chemistry and mutual friendship serves them well. “When we came here, we celebrated Alessia’s birthday together, being friends is the key for our team, we support each other, when one of us shoots 6 under, we want the other one to shoot 7 under or 8 under,” chimed in Don.
The team spirit was key in acquiring the crown of World Junior Girls Champions for Italy. Joining them on the podium was USA with silver and Thailand with bronze. The Thai team were powered by the fantastic individual display put on by 15 year-old gold medalist Atthaya Thitikul, who shot the lights out at Camelot this week, setting the course record with a fantastic score of 60 (-12) on Friday. The round also contributed to a World Junior Girls Championship 72-hole tournament record of 20 under par. Nobilio took home silver, while American Zoe Campos captures the bronze medal. Brooke Seay of the USA finished fourth at 8 under for the week, while Canada’s Céleste Dao put up a solid score of 70 (-2) on Friday to finish in fifth place.
Team Canada One, comprised of Céleste Dao (Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot, Qué.), Ellie Szeryk (London, Ont.) and Tiffany Kong (Vancouver, B.C.) finished fourth in the team competition with a score of 10 under. Emily Zhu (Richmond Hill, Ont.), Sarah Beqaj (Toronto, Ont.) and Lauren Kim (Surrey, B.C.) who make up Canada Two, completed the week in 18th place.
The World Junior Girls Championship was conducted by Golf Canada in partnership with Golf Ontario and supported by the R&A and the International Golf Federation. Recognized as an ‘A’ ranked event by the World Amateur Golf Rankings, the World Junior Girls Championship was in its fifth edition.
Full results and tournament information can be found here.
Additional information regarding the fifth annual World Junior Girls Championship can be found on the competition’s website.
NOTE TO MEDIA: A selection of images from the first round of the World Junior Girls Championship can be downloaded here. When making use of the images, please credit (Bernard Brault/ Golf Canada).
2018 WORLD JUNIOR GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP – TOP 20 INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
1. Atthaya Thitikul, Thailand, *68-71-69-60-268 -20
2. Alessia Nobilio, Italy, *66-66-69-69-270 -18
3. Zoe Campos, United States, *70-73-65-66-274 -14
4. Brooke Seay, United States, *68-71-70-71-280 -8
5. Céleste Dao, Canada 1, *73-71-68-70-282 -6
6. Caterina Don, Italy, *73-66-76-69-284 -4
7. Yu Ping Huang, Chinese Taipei, *71-74-72-69-286 -2
7. Maja Stark, Sweden, *75-70-73-68-286 -2
9. Kultida Pramphun, Thailand, *70-75-70-72-287 -1
10. Ingrid Lindblad, Sweden, *71-71-74-73-289 +1
11. Ho-Yu An, Chinese Taipei, *72-72-73-73-290 +2
11. Elena Moosmann, Switzerland, *72-73-69-76-290 +2
11. Candice Mahe, France, *74-70-68-78-290 +2
11. Michaela Morard, United States, *73-73-72-72-290 +2
15. Lily May Humphreys, England, *78-72-75-66-291 +3
16. Marina Escobar, Spain, *74-71-74-73-292 +4
16. Mathilde Delavallade, France, *74-69-75-74-292 +4
16. Sarah Hricikova, Czech Republic, *76-74-74-68-292 +4
19. Annabel Wilson, Ireland, *73-73-75-72-293 +5
19. Tiffany Kong, Canada 1, *73-76-66-78-293 +5
19. Kan Bunnabodee, Thailand, *73-75-73-72-293 +5
2018 WORLD JUNIOR GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP – TEAM RESULTS
1 Italy 139-132-145-138–554 -22
2 United States 138-144-135-137–554 -22
3 Thailand 138-146-139-132–555 -21
4 Canada 1 146-146-134-140–566 -10
5 Sweden 146-141-146-139–572 -4
6 Chinese Taipei 143-146-145-142–576 E
T7 Switzerland 148-146-140-145–579 +3
T7 France 148-139-140-152–579 +3
9 Denmark 145-151-148-139–583 +7
10 England 152-146-149-137–584 +8
11 Spain 154-144-151-141–590 +14
12 Ireland 147-149-151-146–593 +17
13 Czech Republic 151-149-152-143–595 +19
14 China 150-151-147-150–598 +22
15 Scotland 158-153-146-142–599 +23
16 Mexico 154-149-152-147–602 +26
17 Belgium 154-149-151-150–604 +28
18 Canada 2 159-151-156-146–612 +36
19 Colombia 160-164-152-156–632 +56
ABOUT THE WORLD JUNIOR GIRLS GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
The World Junior Girls Golf Championship is an annual event conducted by Golf Canada in partnership with Golf Ontario. The international competition features three-player teams of 18-and-under athletes. As host country, Canada will field two of the tournament’s 20 teams competing over 72 holes for both individual and team honours. The event receives funding from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport; Ottawa Tourism; the Golf Canada Foundation (Women’s Golf Fund); Sport Canada; the R&A; and Levelwear. Admission and parking for the World Junior Girls Golf Championship is free. For more information, visit www.worldjuniorgirls.com.
Golf Ontario is Ontario’s Provincial Sport Organization focused on enhancing participation, elevating performance and supporting the passion of golfers in Ontario. With over 100,000 individual members and 450 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the largest golf associations in the world. From rating courses and keeping the integral rules of the game intact, to growing the game at the grassroots level and hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to shaping lives through golf.
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