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South Korea’s golfers (from left) Chae-Yoon Park, Kyu-Jung Baek and Hyo-Joo Kim, with the winners trophy. (Photo: SLGA)


Defending champions South Korea showed their dominance once again on the final day of the 34
th Queen Sirikit Cup (QSC), taking a clean sweep of the team and individual honours, while securing their sixth consecutive QSC crown.

The Koreans’ bested an overnight lead of 15 strokes over the Australians, to finish top with a three-day total of 413 strokes, 25 better than eventual second-placed team New Zealand.

Hyo-Joo Kim, world number 13 and Korea’s top amateur female golfer, inspired her team to victory with a stellar individual performance, ending with a three-day total of 204, and winning the individual title.

 

South Korea’s world number 13 amateur golfer, Hyo-Joo Kim won the individual title with a three-day total of 204. (Photo: SLGA)


"It was a sweet win for me after losing narrowly (the individual title) last year. And for the team - it was a great achievement.”

New Zealand, who started the day fourth in the standings, climbed up to finished second thanks to a fine performance from their world number 1 amateur golfer, Lydia Ko.

Lydia carded an impressive 68 on the final day, including an eagle on the 12
th hole, to end the tournament with a 210. She finished second in the individual standings, six strokes behind Hyo-Joo.

“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,” said Lydia.
 

 
 
New Zealand’s world number 1 amateur golfer Lydia Ko preparing to make a putt. (Photo: SSC)


The 34
th QSC was held at the Tanah Merah Country Club Garden Course, the first time in 29 years that Singapore has hosted the tournament.

The premier women’s amateur team tournament, known to have hosted the likes of Yani Tseng (Taiwan), Ai Miyazato (Japan) and Karrie Webb (Australia), who have turned pro and gone on to be some of the world’s best female golfers.

Yani Tseng, the current female world number one golfer, who played in the QSC from 2004 to 2006 before turning pro in 2007 spoke highly about the tournament prestige.

She said: “The Queen Sirikit Cup is one of the toughest amateur competitions out there. First, you have to be the best in your country to quality to play in the Queen Sirikit Cup. Then when you get there, everyone wants to win the tournament for her country.”

The highly anticipated 35
th Queen Sirikit Cup will be held in Taiwan next year.

For more info and results on the QSC, visit
http://www.slga.org.sg/updates_2012.php