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Korea Cruises to Gold in Abu Dhabi, Canada finishes 8th at the 2023 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship

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Hyosong Lee, Minsol Kim and Kyorim Seo of Republic of Korea hoist the Espírito Santo Trophy at the 18th green following the final round of the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, United Arab Emirates on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023 (Copyright USGA/Steven Gibbons)

World No. 4 Minsol Kim’s 4-under 68 and a 71 from Kyrorim Seo led the Republic of Korea to the gold medal in the 30th World Amateur Team Championship Saturday at Abu Dhabi Golf Club. It is Korea’s fourth Espirito Santo Trophy victory in the last seven competitions and their fifth all time.

Korea jumped out to a solo lead early in the round and never surrendered it. Kim, who was the runner-up in the 2023 Women’s Amateur Asia Pacific, made back-to-back birdies on the par-5 second and par-4 third holes and again on the eighth and ninth.

Korea’s 72-hole score of 22-under-par 554 was four strokes better than silver-medal winning Chinese Taipei and five better than the bronze medal winners Spain.

Chinese Taipei, which began the day three back from the leaders, leaped into silver position after a birdie-birdie finish from Huai-Chien Hsu, a sophomore at the University of Texas. After missing the green left on the par-4 17th, Hsu chipped in from 18 yards for a three and followed with a 9-footer for birdie on the last hole to post a team score of 558.

This is Chinese Taipei’s first medal in its 16 Women’s World Amateur Team appearances.

Spain, the 54-hole co-leader, could not find its form of earlier in the week and posted a fourth-round 144, which included a 2-under 70 from Cayetana Fernandez Garcia-Poggio and a 74 from Carla Bernat Escuder.

The Spaniards managed to get within two shots of Korea with two holes to play but found heartbreak on the 72nd hole for the second year in a row. All three players bogeyed the par-5 18th hole to drop Spain from silver position to bronze at 559.

England had a share of the lead with Korea at one point Saturday afternoon after a batch of birdies from Florida State University teammates Lottie Woad and Charlotte Heath. Woad birdied every par 4 on the front nine to post a 31 at the turn but would cool off on the back nine as England finished with a 4-under 140 to post 560 alongside Thailand, one shot shy of the bronze behind Spain.

Australia and the United States of American finished in a tie for sixth at 561. Megan Schofill led the USA with a bogey-free 5-under 67 and Anna Davis added a 69 as the Americans posted the low-round of the day. Canada was eighth at 564 and New Zealand finished ninth at 565.

Canada finished the tournament at 12-under following a combined 4-under 140 in Saturday’s final round. Katie Cranston of Oakville, Ont. finished the tournament strong with a 3-under 69 to finish at 5-over following rounds of 74-75-75-69-293. 2023 Canadian Women’s Amateur winner, Lauren Kim of Surrey, B.C. closed her tournament with a 1-under 71 to finish T8 in the individual standings at 8-under. Kim posted rounds of 69-72-68-71-280. Monet Chun of Richmond Hill, Ont. finished with an even par 71 in the final round to finish at 1-under with rounds of 69-72-74-72-287.

Korea receives custody of the Espirito Santo Trophy until the next World Amateur Team Championship, which will be held in 2025 at Tenah Merah Country Club’s Tampines Course in Singapore. Members of the winning team receive gold medals; members of the second-place team receive silver medals; and members of the third-place team receive bronze medals.

Although there is no official recognition, Chinese Taipei’s Huai-Chien Hsu was the low individual scorer at 13-under 275.


What’s Next:

The 2025 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship for the Espirito Santo Trophy will be held at Tenah Merah Country Club in Singapore.

Results from Saturday’s final 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. 

1      Republic of Korea 140-137-138-139–554
        Minsol Kim 73-70-71-68–282
        Kyorim Seo 69-67-71-71–278
        Hyosong Lee 71-70-67-74–282

2      Chinese Taipei 144-139-135-140–558
        Huai-Chien Hsu 72-68-66-69–275
        Ting-Hsuan Huang 76-71-75-71–293
        Hsin Chun Liao 72-72-69-79–292

3      Spain 137-138-140-144–559
        Cayetana Fernandez Garcia-Poggio 68-69-70-70–277
        Carla Bernat Escuder 70-70-77-74–291
        Julia Lopez Ramirez 69-69-70-76–284

T4     England 144-137-139-140–560
        Lottie Woad 72-70-69-68–279
        Charlotte Heath 72-76-70-72–290
        Caley McGinty 77-67-74-73–291

T4     Thailand 141-134-141-144–560
        Eila Galitsky 72-70-69-70–281
        Suvichaya Vinijchaitham 72-69-75-74–290
        Navaporn Soontreeyapas 69-65-72-75–281

T6     Australia 141-134-144-142–561
        Maddison Hinson-Tolchard 72-66-71-71–280
        Caitlin Peirce 77-73-74-71–295
        Justice Bosio 69-68-73-73–283

T6     United States of America 142-139-144-136–561
        Megan Schofill 72-73-72-67–284
        Anna Davis 73-68-72-69–282
        Rachel Kuehn 70-71-72-71–284

8      CANADA 138-144-142-140–564
        Katie Cranston 74-75-75-69–293
        Lauren Kim 69-72-68-71–280
        Monet Chun 69-72-74-72–287

9      New Zealand 148-135-141-141–565
        Fiona Xu 74-67-69-69–279
        Vivian Lu 74-71-74-72–291
        Eunseo Choi 74-68-72-74–288

10     Italy 143-147-137-141–568
        Francesca Fiorellini 73-75-65-67–280
        Matilde Partele 75-82-72-74–303
        Natalia Aparicio 70-72-72-77–291

T11    Germany 140-142-143-144–569
        Celina Sattelkau 71-73-75-71–290
        Helen Briem 72-69-69-73–283
        Esther Poburski – – – —

T11    Scotland 141-142-143-143–569
        Hannah Darling 70-72-76-71–289
        Carmen Griffiths 71-70-69-72–282
        Lorna McClymont 73-73-74-73–293

T13    Ireland 139-145-141-146–571
        Sara Byrne 68-75-72-73–288
        Beth Coulter 71-77-74-73–295
        Aine Donegan 74-70-69-74–287

T13    Norway 143-142-146-140–571
        Silje Torvund Ohma 73-68-72-70–283
        Mia Lussand 70-76-74-70–290
        Anna Krekling 74-74-75-76–299

T13    Sweden 142-147-138-144–571
        Meja Ortengren 71-73-74-71–289
        Kajsa Arwefjall 71-74-72-76–293

16     India 140-142-143-148–573
        Avani Prashanth 68-68-71-72–279
        Nishna Patel 75-80-74-76–305
        Mannat Brar 72-74-72-85–303

17     France 146-146-141-142–575
        Adela Cernousek 72-72-71-69–284
        Louise Uma Landgraf 74-74-74-73–295
        Vairana Heck 75-74-70-75–294

18     Hong Kong, China 145-142-143-146–576
        Sophie Han 74-71-72-72–289
        Arianna Lau 71-71-71-74–287
        Hoi Ki Lau 79-74-76-77–306

19     Philippines 143-146-140-149–578
        Rianne Malixi 74-74-69-70–287
        Junia Louise Gabasa 69-73-71-79–292
        Grace Pauline Quintanilla 80-73-73-79–305

T20    Singapore 145-148-144-142–579
        Inez Ng 72-70-68-69–279
        Aloysa Atienza 73-82-76-73–304
        Xingtong Chen 75-78-80-79–312

T20    Colombia 142-147-147-143–579
        María Hoyos 71-75-76-70–292
        Cristina Ochoa 71-76-71-73–291
        Ana Sofía Murcia 71-72-77-76–296

T20    Mexico 144-145-143-147–579
        Lauren Olivares 75-73-68-71–287
        Cory Lopez 73-79-77-76–305
        Vania Simont 71-72-75-77–295

T23    Morocco 144-145-145-147–581
        Sofia Cherif Essakali 70-73-72-73–288
        Rim Imni 80-72-75-74–301
        Malak Bouraeda 74-77-73-77–301

T23    Switzerland 144-151-142-144–581
        Caroline Sturdza 71-82-73-71–297
        Yana Beeli 77-75-72-73–297
        Victoria Levy 73-76-70-74–293

25     Finland 148-149-143-142–582
        Katri Bakker 75-74-69-70–288
        Emilia Vaisto 75-75-75-72–297
        Henni Mustonen 73-78-74-72–297

26     Japan 145-141-147-150–583
        Mamika Shinchi 68-73-74-75–290
        Mizuki Hashimoto 77-69-73-75–294
        Miku Ueta 78-72-78-75–303

27     South Africa 149-144-146-145–584
        Megan Streicher 76-73-80-72–301
        Caitlyn Macnab 73-71-70-73–287
        Kajal Mistry 76-74-76-77–303

28     Denmark 151-146-145-143–585
        Natacha Host Husted 78-77-73-71–299
        Olivia Grønborg 76-71-74-72–293
        Cecilie Leth-Nissen 75-75-72-75–297

29     Netherlands 147-148-145-147–587
        Rosanna Boere 75-77-71-73–296
        Anne den Dunnen 72-71-74-74–291
        Lynn van der Sluijs 77-78-75-76–306

T30    Czechia 143-148-149-148–588
        Veronika Kedronova 73-75-73-74–295
        Denisa Vodickova 72-75-76-74–297
        Patricie Mackova 71-73-76-78–298

T30    People’s Republic of China 152-142-149-145–588
        Zixin Ni 79-78-74-72–303
        Xinyu Cao 73-69-75-73–290
        Tong An 80-73-77-78–308

32     Belgium 144-153-147-151–595
        Sophie Bert 71-77-73-75–296
        Savannah De Bock 73-76-74-76–299
        Celine Manche 73-78-77-80–308

33     United Arab Emirates 150-153-145-152–600
        Jamie Camero 78-77-71-73–299
        Lara El Chaib 74-77-75-79–305
        Intissar Rich 76-76-74-79–305

34     Chile 153-161-150-149–613
        Michelle Melandri 78-77-77-72–304
        Carolina Alcaino 75-84-73-77–309
        Amelia Ruiz 78-88-82-77–325

35     Pakistan 151-156-159-162–628
        Humna Amjad 73-78-79-WD–WD
        Parkha Ijaz 78-78-80-79–315
        Rimsha Ijaz 84-84-85-83–336

36     Bolivia 162-164-160-167–653
        Victoria Suarez 82-81-78-82–323
        Florencia Cuellar Gutierrez 87-83-82-85–337
        Connie Quiroga 80-86-82-90–338