Team Canada

Australia, Thailand and Spain tied for lead after 36-holes, Canada sits T7 at the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship

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Monet Chun of Canada plays her tee shot at the first hole during the second round of the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, United Arab Emirates on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2023 (Copyright USGA/Steven Gibbons)

Australia and Thailand posted a pair of 10-under 134’s to surge into a three-way tie with Spain halfway through the 30th Women’s World Amateur Team Championship at Abu Dhabi Golf Club. The Aussies and the Thais jumped six spots on the leader board for a share of the top spot at 13-under 275 after Round 2.

The Australian duo of Maddison Hinson-Tolchard and 2023 South Australia Women’s Amateur champion Justice Bosio combined for 10 birdies and no bogeys. Hinson-Tolchard, a senior at Oklahoma State University who won the Big 12 Conference individual title last spring, led the Aussies with a 6-under 66.

Navaporn Soontreeyapas led a late-afternoon charge for Thailand, birdieing four of her final seven holes to post a 7-under 65, the lowest round of the competition thus far. Soontreeyapas, the 2023 Singapore Open Amateur champion, holds a two-shot advantage on the individual leaderboard at 10-under-par 134.

Thailand, which finished tied for 20th a year ago in France, added a bogey-free, 3-under 69 from Suvichaya Vinijchaitham.

Spain’s Cayetana Fernandez Garcia-Poggio, who holds a World Amateur Golf Ranking®/WAGR® of No. 2, and Julia Ramirez, No. 5 in WAGR®, both posted 69s, while teammate Carla Bernat Escuder added a non-counting 70. Spain, which held the first-round lead by one stroke, is the only team with all three players inside the top 10 of the championship’s individual scoring.

The Republic of Korea remains in solo fourth place at 11-under 277, two shots off the leaders, with England and the United States of America sharing fifth at 7-under 281.  

After starting the day in 17th position, England made the biggest move among the morning wave behind a 5-under 67 from Caley McGinty, a redshirt senior at Ohio State University, and a 2-under 70 from world No. 9 Lottie Woad. After opening with a 77 on Wednesday, McGinty, a member of the last two Great Britain and Ireland Curtis Cup Teams, rattled off six birdies in windy morning conditions, including three of the four par-3s.

The USA added a 4-under 68 from world No. 6 Anna Davis and a 71 from Rachel Kuehn, who is competing in her third WWATC and her second as a member of the USA team following a silver-medal finish last year in France.

Canada, which began the day one stroke off the lead in solo second, posted an even-par 144 to position itself in a tie for seventh with India and Germany.

“They’re doing a great job staying steady and giving themselves opportunities,” said Canadian Captain Salimah Mussani. “That’s kind of our theme for the week is ‘give yourself opportunities.’ There’s 18 a day so take advantage of as many as you can.”

2022 U.S. Women’s Amateur runner-up Monet Chun of Richmond Hill, Ont. and 2023 Canadian Women’s Amateur champion Lauren Kim of Surrey, B.C. both recorded rounds of even par 72 to remain at 3-under for the tournament and are both T10 in the individual standings. Katie Cranston of Oakville, Ont. finished the day with a 3-over 75 and is at 5-over after 36-holes.


Captain Salimah Mussani, Canada: “In the morning, the conditions were a little tougher. It was obviously raining and a lot windier and gusting from different directions, but I think they managed pretty good. A lot of positives going into the weekend. It’s nice that there’s two days left for sure.”


What’s Next:

Round 3 begins Friday at 6:30 a.m. local time with a two-tee start on the National Course.

Results from Thursday’s second round of the 2023 Women’s World Amateur Team Championships, played at par-72 Abu Dhabi Golf Club (National Course), in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. 

T1     Thailand 141-134–275
        Suvichaya Vinijchaitham 72-69–141
        Navaporn Soontreeyapas 69-65–134
        Eila Galitsky 72-70—142

T1     Australia 141-134–275
        Justice Bosio 69-68–137
        Maddison Hinson-Tolchard 72-66–138
        Caitlin Peirce 77-73—150

T1     Spain 137-138–275

        Cayetana Fernandez Garcia-Poggio 68-69–137
        Carla Bernat Escuder 70-70–140
        Julia Lopez Ramirez 69-69—138

4      Republic of Korea 140-137–277

        Minsol Kim 73-70–143
        Hyosong Lee 71-70–141
        Kyorim Seo 69-67—136

T5     United States of America 142-139–281

        Anna Davis 73-68–141
        Rachel Kuehn 70-71–141
        Megan Schofill 72-73—145

T5     England 144-137–281

        Charlotte Heath 72-76–148
        Caley McGinty 77-67–144
        Lottie Woad 72-70—142

T7     Germany 140-142–282
        Helen Briem 72-69–141
        Chiara Horder 69-74–143
        Celina Sattelkau 71-73—144

T7     India 140-142–282

        Mannat Brar 72-74–146
        Nishna Patel 75-80–155
        Avani Prashanth 68-68—136

T7     CANADA 138-144–282

        Monet Chun 69-72–141
        Katie Cranston 74-75–149
        Lauren Kim 69-72—141

T10    Scotland 141-142–283
        Hannah Darling 70-72–142
        Carmen Griffiths 71-70–141
        Lorna McClymont 73-73—146

T10    New Zealand 148-135–283
        Eunseo Choi 74-68–142
        Vivian Lu 74-71–145
        Fiona Xu 74-67—141

T10    Chinese Taipei 144-139–283
        Hsin Chun Liao 72-72–144
        Huai-Chieu Hsu 72-68–140
        Ting-Hsuan Huang 76-71—147

13     Ireland 139-145–284
        Sara Byrne 68-75–143
        Beth Coulter 71-77–148
        Aine Donegan 74-70—144

14     Norway 143-142–285

        Anna Krekling 74-74–148
        Mia Lussand 70-76–146
        Silje Torvund Ohma 73-68—141

15     Japan 145-141–286
        Mizuki Hashimoto 77-69–146
        Mamika Shinchi 68-73–141
        Miku Ueta 78-72—150

16     Hong Kong, China 145-142–287
        Sophie Han 74-71–145
        Arianna Lau 71-71–142
        Hoi Ki Lau 79-74—153

T17    Colombia 142-147–289
        Ana Sofía Murcia 71-72–143
        Cristina Ochoa 71-76–147
        María Hoyos 71-75—146

T17    Mexico 144-145–289
        Lauren Olivares 75-73–148
        Cory Lopez 73-79–152
        Vania Alicia Simont 71-72—143

T17    Morocco 144-145–289
        Rim Imni 80-72–152
        Sofia Cherif Essakali 70-73–143
        Malak Bouraeda 74-77—151

T17    Sweden 142-147–289
        Kajsa Arwefjall 71-74–145
        Meja Ortengren 71-73–144
        Ingrid Lindblad 71-75—146

T17    Philippines 143-146–289
        Junia Louise Gabasa 69-73–142
        Rianne Malixi 74-74–148
        Grace Pauline Quintanilla 80-73—153

22     Italy 143-147–290
        Natalia Aparicio 70-72–142
        Francesca Fiorellini 73-75–148
        Matilde Partele 75-82—157

23     Czechia 143-148–291
        Veronika Kedronova 73-75–148
        Patricie Mackova 71-73–144
        Denisa Vodickova 72-75—147

24     France 146-146–292
        Adela Cernousek 72-72–144
        Vairana Heck 75-74–149
        Louise Uma Landgraf 74-74—148

T25    South Africa 149-144–293
        Megan Streicher 76-73–149
        Kajal Mistry 76-74–150
        Caitlyn Macnab 73-71—144

T25    Singapore 145-148–293
        Aloysa Atienza 73-82–155
        Inez Ng 72-70–142
        Xingtong Chen 75-78—153

27     People’s Republic of China 152-142–294
        Tong An 80-73–153
        Xinyu Cao 73-69–142
        Zixin Ni 79-78—157

T28    Netherlands 147-148–295
        Rosanna Boere 75-77–152
        Anne den Dunnen 72-71–143
        Lynn van der Sluijs 77-78—155

T28    Switzerland 144-151–295
        Caroline Sturdza 71-82–153
        Yana Beeli 77-75–152
        Victoria Levy 73-76—149

T30    Denmark 151-146–297
        Olivia Grønborg 76-71–147
        Natacha Host Husted 78-77–155
        Cecilie Leth-Nissen 75-75—150

T30    Belgium 144-153–297
        Sophie Bert 71-77–148
        Savannah De Bock 73-76–149
        Celine Manche 73-78—151

T30    Finland 148-149–297
        Katri Bakker 75-74–149
        Emilia Vaisto 75-75–150
        Henni Mustonen 73-78—151

33     United Arab Emirates 150-153–303
        Lara El Chaib 74-77–151
        Intissar Rich 76-76–152
        Jamie Camero 78-77—155

34     Pakistan 151-156–307

        Parkha Ijaz 78-78–156
        Humna Amjad 73-78–151
        Rimsha Ijaz 84-84—168

35     Chile 153-161–314

        Carolina Alcaino 75-84–159
        Michelle Melandri 78-77–155
        Amelia Ruiz 78-88—166

36     Bolivia 162-164–326
        Florencia Cuellar G. 87-83–170
        Connie Quiroga 80-86–166
        Victoria Suarez 82-81–163