01 Oct 2012
L-R Matt Cutler, Whitney Hillier, Minjee Lee, Breanna Elliott and Shani Waugh.
The team of Breanna Elliott (VIC), Whitney Hillier (WA) and Minjee Lee (WA) have recorded Australia’s best finish at the Espirito Santo Trophy since the last victory in 2002 at the World Amateur Team Championships.
The Australians finished tied in third place with Finland, one stroke behind Germany in second and four strokes behind the victorious Koreans who successfully defended their title with a 13-under par total.
“It was a wonderful show of character from the team,” Team Coach Shani Waugh said.
“Over 3 rounds at the Queen Sirikit Cup in April, Korea defeated us by 27 shots, so to come so close at the WATC is testament to the team’s improvement,” Waugh said.
Team Captain/Manager Matt Cutler said it was a very professional performance.
“They played to their individual game plans and to achieve a T3 finish and World Amateur medal is great reward for all three players.”
On Gloria Golf Club’s New Course in Antalya, Turkey, Elliott fired her best round of the tournament, a 3-under par 69, while Hillier posted the other counting score with a 1-under par 71 for a team total of 4-under par (140). Lee finished with a 3-over par 75.
Elliott’s solid final round saw her finish as the leading Australian on the individual standings in a tie for 8th place at 3-under par.
New Zealand’s World Number 1 and reigning Australian Amateur champion Lydia Ko won the individual section by six strokes at 14-under par. She had just five bogeys in 72 holes.
Each team has two or three players and plays 72 holes of stroke play over four days. In each round, the total of the two lowest scores from each team constitutes the team score for the round. The four-day (72-hole) total is the team’s score for the championship.
The men’s championship for the Eisenhower Trophy begins October 4.