Canada 1 and Canada 2 finish sixth and eighth respectively in team competition
The Spaniard Cayetana Fernandez finish 6 pennies to win the individual title
MARKHAM, Ont. – Undeterred by the cold and windy conditions, Spain’s Cayetana Fernández saved her best for last at Angus Glen Club as the 17-year-old shot a final round 2 under 70 to lead the Spain to victory at the 2022 World Junior Women’s Golf Championship, presented by Sargent Farms.
Competitors faced tough conditions on Saturday, including a 46-minute weather delay with high morning winds in the Markham area. When play resumed, Fernández would become one of only two players to score under par, leading Spain to victory and winning the individual tournament title.
Fernández teamed up with teammate Andrea Revuelta to give Spain (140-143-146-146—575) an aggregate team score of 2 on the day and 1 under for the tournament. The Spanish duo and teammate Paula Martin, who shot a clean 76th final round, started the tournament as early favorites with all three players ranked in the top 100 of the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR).
With the win, the Spanish trio helped claim the country’s second team title (2022 and 2017), joining Korea Republic (2019 and 2015) for most team titles at the annual Junior Women’s World Golf Championship. , presented by Sargent Farms.
“We are very proud to be world champions,” said Spanish team coach Alvaro Salto. “The golf course was a tough test, he played in really different conditions and the weather changed a lot, so patience was key. With these three girls we now have a really special generation in Spain, and with few others who could have joined the team this year, we are in a good position for the next two, three years.
Sweden (147-138 -142-153—580), who entered the final round action with a two-stroke lead over Spain, shot an aggregate score of 4 to finish alone second, five strokes behind. Second place was the Nordic country’s best result since finishing third in 2017.
Chinese Taipei (144-150-141-147—582) finished alone in third at 6-over followed by Colombia (145-146-147-151—589) in fourth at 13-over and Germany ( 147-150-146-152—595) at 19+ rounding out the top five.
Team Canada 1 consisting of Lauren Kim of Surrey, BC (72-76-72-79—299), Angela Arora of Surrey, BC (68-80-75-80—303) and Vancouver’s Michelle Liu (72-77-74-83—306) finished alone in sixth at 22 and over.
Team Canada 2 consisting of Anna Huang of Vancouver (72-77-76-76—301), Yeji Kwon of Port Coquitlam, B.C. (73-75-75-81—304) and Michelle Xing of Richmond Hill, Ont. (74-83-82-80—319) finished eighth in solo (+28).
Here are the team’s final results at the Junior Women’s World Championship, presented by Sargent Farms:
1 Spain -1 (140-143-146-146—575)
2 Sweden +4 (147-138-142-153—580)
3 Chinese Taipei +6 (144-150-141-147—582)
4 Colombia +13 (145-146-147-151—589)
5 Germany +19 (147-150-146-152—595)
6 Canada 1 +22 (140-153-146-159—598)
7 France +24 (156-146-148-150—600)
8 Canada 2 +28 (145-152-151-156—604)
9 England +31 (150-151-152-154—607)
10 Belgium +33 (144-157-152-156—609)
11 Mexico +35 (146-152-155-158—611)
12 Denmark +40 (150-150-158-158—616)
T13 Italy +46 (154-156-154-158—622)
T13 Wales +46 (152-159-157-154—622)
15 Ireland +50 (150-158-155-163—626)
16 Switzerland +52 (156-158-154-160—628)
17 Finland +54 (154-161-153-162—630)
18 Austria +58 (156-158-155-165—634)
Click here for a link to the full team competition standings.
In the individual competition, Spain’s Cayetana Fernández, who was T2 over 54 holes, won two titles, shooting 2 under 70 in tough conditions to finish at 6 under for the tournament (70-70-72-70—282) .
“We feel good, super proud of ourselves,” said Fernández, whose older sister Bianca helped Spain to victory in 2017. “We knew today was going to be tough, and when we stopped with the weather, we knew we had to fight for it, give it the best and keep fighting, the whole team, we are very happy, we have no words!
Fernández becomes the fourth player to win the individual title and lead his country to victory, joining Yuka Saso of the Philippines (2016), Hye-jin Choi of Korea (2015) and Mika Kelly of the United States of America (2014) as the only players to accomplish the feat. Fernández’s finish is also the best individual result for a Spanish athlete since her older sister Bianca Fernández and Dimana Viudes finished third and fourth respectively in 2017.
Finalist María José Marin of Colombia (72-71-71-70—284) joined Fernández as the only players to score under on Saturday, finishing 2 under 70 on the day and 4 under for the tournament, two strokes back .
Sweden’s Meja Őrtengren (71-68-70-76—285), who entered the action in the final round with a 3-stroke lead, struggled with a 76 in the final round to finish third in solo unless of 3. Chinese Taipei’s Ting-Hsuan Huang (70-73-69-75—287) finished 1 under fourth with Nora Sundberg of Sweden (76-70-72-77—295) and Savannah De of Belgium. Bock (69-76-74-76—295) at 7-over completing the top five.
Lauren Kim of Surrey, BC (72-76-72-79—299) finished as the weak Canadian at 11 over (T9), the only Canadian to finish in the top 10.
Here are the final Top 10 results from the individual competition at the Junior Women’s World Championship, presented by Sargent Farms:
1 Cayetana Fernandez, Spain 70-70-72-72—282 (-6)
2 María José Marin, Colombia 72-71-71-70—284 (-4)
3 Meja Őrtengren, Sweden 71-68-70-76—285 (-3)
4 Ting-Hsuan Huang, Chinese Taipei 70-73-69-75—287 (-1)
T5 Nora Sundberg, Sweden 76-70-72-77—295 (+7)
T5 Savanah De Bock, Belgium 69-76-74-76—295 (+7)
7 Andrea Revuelta, Spain 70-76-74-76—296 (+8)
8 Larissa Carrillo, Mexico 71-75-76-76—298 (+10)
T9 Lauren Kim, Canada 1 72-76-72-79—299 (+11)
T9 Constance Fouillet, France 80-71-74-74—299 (+11)
Click here for a link to the full individual standings.
The 2023 Junior Women’s World Championship, presented by Sargent Farms, will return to Angus Glen next year with a date yet to be determined.
A total of 54 athletes from 18 teams representing 17 countries, including two teams from host nation Canada, competed October 12-15 at Angus Glen for the team and individual titles. The event marked the celebrated return of the prestigious global competition after two years of cancellation due to the pandemic.
This year’s field for the Junior Women’s World Championship, presented by Sargent Farms, is highlighted by 11 competitors ranked in the top 100 of the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR). A full list of competitors, including their WAGR position, is here.
Angus Glen Golf Club, which hosted the Junior Girls World Championship for the third time, is home to two 18-hole championship golf courses in Markham, Ontario. The North and South courses offer variety, beauty and challenges. Angus Glen has been ranked among the top 80 golf courses in the world outside the United States. It hosted the 2002 and 2007 Canadian Open and was the official host of the Toronto 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. The 2022 Junior World Championships will be played on the South Course.
Additional information regarding the seventh annual Junior Women’s World Championship can be found on the competition website.