The week of the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship might as well be known as the week women’s college golf goes silent. It’s an honor for a player to represent her country in the 54-hole stroke-play event, played this year at Glorida Golf Club in Antalya, Turkey, so many coaches give their blessing, then shorten their fall schedule to account for a light roster.
Top collegiate honors for the event, which concluded Sunday, go to Florida sophomore Camilla Hedberg, who finished T-2 individually with a 8-under 280 total. Hedberg, who played for Spain, carries a No. 2 Golfweek ranking after winning the Cougar Classic to start the season.
USC junior Sophia Popov, playing for Germany, was the only other current college player to finish among the top 10 individuals. She was sixth individually, while Germany also finished second to Korea in the team championship.
Popov’s former USC teammate Lisa McCloskey, who graduated in the spring and played for the U.S., was T-4. She combined with teammates Erynne Lee of UCLA and former LSU player Austin Ernst to put America in the eighth position on the team leaderboard.
Other notable college players in the event included Duke freshman Celine Boutier (T-12 for France) and Alabama’s Jennifer Kirby (T-29 for Canada) and Stephanie Meadow (T-33 for Ireland). Stanford senior Sally Watson finished T-29 for Ireland and UCLA’s Kyle Roig was T-48 for Puerto Rico.
Texas State sent four players to the Women’s World Amateur (Krista and Mara Puisite, Latvia; Valdis Jonsdottir, Iceland and Iman Nordin, Malaysia). Krista Puisite had the best individual finish, an even-par 288 total for a T-22 finish. She and Mara led Latvia to a T-21 team finish.