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World Junior Girls Golf Championship: Canada 1 earns bronze medal

10/01/2014 09:10 EDT | Updated 12/01/2014 05:59 EST
Brooke Henderson and her Canadian teammates followed up their most productive day at the World Junior Girls Golf Championship with a disappointing final round to knock them down a step on the podium.

Henderson, the world’s top-ranked amateur, turned in an even-par performance Wednesday at Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham, Ont., but Grace St. Germain and Naomi Ko struggled as Canada counted a team-total 5-over 149 to win a bronze medal.

Ko carded a 2-under 70 on Tuesday for her low round through 54 holes, but the Victoria native struggled mightily on an overcast Wednesday with a non-counting 81.

Meanwhile St. Germain, who hails from Ottawa, was a stroke better than Tuesday when she shot a 6-over 78.

Sweden stepped up on the final day to overtake the Canadians for silver, led by Emma Svensson’s low round of the day, a 5-under 67 on the south course. That score enabled the 18-year-old to edge out Henderson by a stroke to win bronze in the individual competition.

Canada’s other entry in the inaugural tournament failed to improve upon its 13th-place standing in the field of 16, recording a final-round, team-total 5-over 149.

Best round

Alisha Lau of Richmond, B.C., had her best round of the tourney, shooting 74 after scores of 83, 80 and 75.

Calgary’s Jaclyn Lee had a 75 and Selena Costabile 76.

The United States trio of Mika Liu, Megan Khang and Angel Yin dominated the first three rounds before shooting an even-par 144 Wednesday to finish at 17-under.

The Americans were led by 15-year-old Liu, who won the individual competition and finished in a tie with Svensson for the most birdies at 18.

“I am extremely happy that my team won first and that I did too. It’s a total celebration,” Liu, who is 48th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, said in a statement released by Golf Canada.

“To be able to share the podium with my teammates … and my captain and manager makes me extremely happy and proud because we came here together and we are able to leave as champions together.”

Courtney Myhrum, the non-playing captain for the U.S., said Liu, Khang and Yin are her “dream team.”

“I couldn’t be more proud of the three of them,” she added, “the way they conducted themselves on the course and off the course. … They had great course management and are really easy to captain because they know how to get around the golf course.”

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