Queen Sirikit Cup, NZ finishes runner-up in Singapore

Defending champions South Korea triumphed over the rest of the field on the final day of the 34th Queen Sirikit Cup, easily winning their sixth consecutive crown in the event.  New Zealand finished as runners-up in the tournament in Singapore at the Tanah Merah Country Club. South Korea have extended their lead as the most successful team in the Queen Sirikit Cup having won a total of 15 times over the Cup’s 34-year history.

The South Koreans finished with a three-day total of 413 strokes, 25 strokes in front of runners-up New Zealand  on 438 strokes, bit of a non contest really. Seems like South Korea just has to turn up to win, the women of Asia are far and away the best around. Ironic then that World number one Lydia Ko was actually born in South Korea and moved to New Zealand at an early age. One can only wonder what the score would have been if  Lydia was playing for the South Koreans. Lydia, who celebrated her 15th birthday on day one of the tournament, completed a  -4 under par 68 in the final round at the Tanah Merah Country Club to help New Zealand win the close battle for second place. She said after the tournament;

“I felt good playing the final round at that time of day, and just stumbled with a lone bogey. As for Kim [the Korean winner], she really played well today, as she had the whole week. She’s really in top shape, as is the whole Korean team.”

The premier women’s amateur team tournament will be held in Taiwan next year.

Queen Sirikit Cup, Korea in command

New Zealand is in a dogfight for the runner-up spot in today’s final round of the Queen Sirikit Cup in the windy but sunny conditions  at the Tanah Merah Country Club Garden course. Korea, who are looking for the sixth win in a row, raced away from the field in the second round, Kim Hyo-Joo fired a seven-under 65 to push Korea to a superb nine-under par total for the two best counting scores today to move to 11-under par after two rounds.

They are now 15 shots ahead of Australia, who in turn are two shots ahead of Philippines with New Zealand one shot further back.

Lydia Ko struggled with her putting during her round yesterday;

“I was trying to play my normal game, but I noticed I was short on a number of putts. I realised I was actually playing more conservatively compared with Wednesday. On a positive note, I started well, managed to birdie the third hole, but it was all average after that.”

Queen Sirikit Cup, Lydia Ko starts well for NZ

Lydia Ko, the World No 1, started well in the first round of the Queen Sirikit Cup, in Singapore, carding a -3 under par round. Lydia   celebrated her 15th birthday shooting a 69 at the Tanah Merah Country Club’s Garden Course, and was the best of the Kiwi’s. She shared the low score round of the day with world No 17 South Korean Kim Hyo-Joo at the 6200-yard course. Lydia said of her round;

“It’s been a difficult round with the wind picking up towards the end. Fortunately, my club selection worked out well for me in the back nine. I struggled a little bit in the front-nine with my long game, but after that bogey on the 10th, which was horrible, I settled down and my game just picked up.”

Kim Hyo-Joo, of South Lorea, was happy with their lead, but thinks they could do better in the next round;

“We performed better than we expected as a team, as we did not expect to be leading by three strokes. However, we are not satisfied with our individual scores, and we can do better tomorrow.”

 

New Zealand will begin the second round in third place, four shots in arrears of defending champions South Korea, who began the tournament in style  scoring a two-under-par 142 total to lead Australia by three shots. The best two scores of the three women teams count for this competition, and the leaderboard looks like this;

142 – Korea (Kim Hyo-Joo 69, Baek Kyu-Jung 76 and Park Chae-Yon 73)

145 – Australia (Whitney Hillier 70, Breanna Elliot 75 and Su Hyun Oh 75)

146 – NEW ZEALAND (Lydia Ko 69, Chantelle Cassidy 77 and Emily Perry 79)