Korea claims its fifth consecutive Queen Sirikit Cup
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Korea made another statement – this time in Delhi, India – that women's golf is its domain.
Hyo-joo Kim, Ji-hee Kim and In-gee Chun led Korea to its fifth consecutive victory at the Queen Sirikit Cup in the 33rd edition of the 14-nation Asia Pacific Women's Amateur Team Championship in Delhi.
The Philippines' Dottie Ardina, a 17-year-old who has trained at the David Leadbetter Golf Academy in Florida since 2008, won individual medalist honors with an aggregate 1-over 211. Ardina was the first non-Korean to win the individual title since 2005.
Defending champ Hyo-joo Kim finished a shot back for the individual title.
Ardina and Hyo-joo Kim went back-and-forth during the final round, but back-to-back double bogeys by Hyo-joo Kim on Nos. 14 and 15 gave Ardina an opportunity to walk away with the title.
“I played the Queen Sirikit Cup in 2007 and then I could not come for the event, because it clashed with school in U.S.," said Ardina. "This year I skipped the first semester and came over. I am glad I held my cool and won. Hyo is a very good player, but it was my day.
"It was such a big relief after three tense days. It is a difficult course, and I tried to hit straight as I am not a long hitter. It was a tense finish, and I am glad I came through."
As a team, Korea posted a 54-hole total of 425, while the Philippines and China finished second and third, respectively. India finished in fourth. Scores are tabulated based on the two best daily scores in each team of three players.