Last Updated on Monday, 25 June 2012 08:52
Monday, 25 June 2012 08:28
Team Canada Development Squad members Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C. (18), Kevin Kwon of Pitt Meadows, B.C. (17), Riley Fleming of Airdrie, Alta. (18), and Blair Hamilton of Burlington, Ont. (18), posted a combined final-round score of even-par 213 en route to finishing tied for second alongside Team Japan at the 2012 Toyota Junior Golf World Cup at the 6,942-yard, par 71 Chukyo Golf Club’s Ishino Course in Toyota City, Japan.
The Canadian contingent, which entered final-round play atop the team competition standings with a six-stroke advantage, lost out to Team Australia, who, with a score of 10-under 203 on Friday, captured the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup title with a four-day tally of 13-under 839.
Canada and Japan both finished two strokes back at 11-under 841.
Canada’s runner-up finish matched their best result in 18 years of competing in the prestigious Toyota Junior Golf World Cup – arguably the world’s most prestigious international junior golf team championship. In 1994, Canada also garnered runner-honors at the event.
“We are very proud of the effort the young men put into this week’s event,” said Golf Canada’s Chief Sport Development Officer Jeff Thompson.
“These results should provide them with the confidence of knowing that they can compete with the best players their age from around the globe.”
The United States and Thailand rounded out the top-5 in the team competition standings.
Svensson led Team Canada in scoring over the course of the 72-hole stroke-play event, finishing third in the individual competition standings at 7-under 277.
Kwon was T6 at 3-under 281 while Fleming and Hamilton placed 25th (5-over 289) and 26th (6-over 290) respectively.
Australia’s Viraat Badhwar earned medalist honors, taking home the Maruyama Cup with a score of 12-under 272.
Canada was among 13 nations competing at the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup that also included squads from Argentina, Austria, China, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, Chinese Taipei, and Venezuela.
The Team Canada Development Squad earned their chance to compete in Japan after finishing first in a regional qualifier at the Royal Isabela Golf Links in Puerto Rico back in April.
The World Junior Golf Team Championship is the world’s only junior golf championship in which national teams, winners of regional qualifiers held across six continents, compete for the world championship trophy.
To view the final team and individual competition standings from the 2012 Toyota Junior Golf World Cup, click here
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