Aussie girls win Espirito Santo Trophy in Japan

Australians Minjee Lee, Su Hyun Oh and Shelly Shin have come from seven strokes behind in the final round to storm to victory in the biennial Women’s World Amateur Team Championship, clinching the Espirito Santo Trophy in Japan last week.

The Australians finished with a team total of 547 strokes, two clear of Canada in second and three clear of Korea in third place.

Minjee Lee Minjee Lee (Credit: Anthony Powter)

The win is Australia’s first in the championship since Katherine Kirk (nee Hull), Lindsey Wright and Vicky Thomas (nee Uwland) won in 2002; and just the third overall since the Championship commenced back in 1964.

“They never thought they were out of it but they were close to possibly being out of it,” said Australian captain Matt Cutler.

“We had a really slow start to the week with an even par round at Iriyama and we thought we might have too much work to do. But, it was the fastest start you could ever see coming.”

Playing in her final event as an amateur, Lee dominated proceedings over the final two rounds, shooting 73-70-64-65 (-16), while Su Hyun Oh had rounds of 71-68-70-66 (-13) and Shelly Shin 74-70-72-72 (E).

“I wanted to make it this something to remember,” said Lee at the conclusion of the event, “I have matured so much in two years and I wanted this to be a priceless experience for everyone.”

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.

Golf Australia High Performance Director Brad James said: “we are so proud of this team. They have faced the best players in the world and come away with the win in what is one of the most challenging team championships in golf.”