United States Storms Back to Win Boys Division of 2017 TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup

TOYOTA CITY, Japan – The United States (-21) shot the low round of the day (-10) and came from six strokes back to repeat as champions in the Boys Division of the 2017 TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup Supported by JAL in Toyota City, Aichi-Prefecture, Japan.  It is the Americans’ ninth title in the 25 years of the event.  Host Japan came in second place at 17-under while third round leader Thailand (-14) finished in third.

“The guys really bought into themselves and wholeheartedly believe they could come back,” American boys’ coach Kyle Blaser said.  “We really stepped up in tough conditions and I can’t say how proud I am of these young men.  Not only are they great golfers but they’re great kids and it’s been an honor and a pleasure to represent the United States as their coach.”

Denmark (-6) jumped to fourth place and Germany was the final team to finish under par at minus-4.  New Zealand (+1) fell to sixth while France (+4) and South Africa (+8) checked in seventh and eighth, respectively.  Mexico (+10), Italy (+12), Colombia (+24), Korea (+35), Peru (+36), Zimbabwe (+45) and Guatemala (+51) closed out the boys’ field.

American Frank Capan – leader after three of the four rounds – claimed the boys’ individual title at 10-under.  Kosuke Hamamoto of Thailand (-8) came in second while Denmark’s Gustav Frimodt (-7) checked in third.  Shota Ueki of Japan and American Travis Vick – thanks to a final round 63 – tied for fourth at minus-6.

Yuji Sekito of Japan (-5) finished in sixth – one shot ahead of Thailand’s Atiruj Winaicharoenchai (-4).  Rasmus Hojgaard of Denmark (-2) came in eighth – one stroke clear of five players – Germans Nick Bachem and Marc Hammer, Daniel Hillier of New Zealand, Thailand’s Sadom Kaewkanjana and Brandon Mancheno of the United States – who tied for ninth at 1-under.

In the Girls Division, the United States (-12) shot day’s lowest round (-4) to complete the wire-to-wire defense of its championship.  Japan (-7) was the other team in the field to finish below par.

“It’s a great feeling and I’m so proud of these girls,” United States girls coach JoJo Robertson said.  “From the start, they were a team.  They supported each other every round and I couldn’t ask for anything more.  They played great golf this week.”

Australia and Italy (+7) tied for third place – two shots ahead of Colombia (+9) and three strokes clear of sixth place South Africa (+10).  France (+36), Mexico (+39) and the Philippines (+46) rounded out the girls’ field.

American Alyaa Abdulghany (-7) had the lowest round in the field for the second consecutive day to claim the Girls Division individual trophy.  Japan’s Yuna Nishimura (-3) took second – one shot ahead of Emilia Migliaccio of the United States (-2).  Japan’s Ayaka Furue (+2) finished in fourth place – a stroke clear of Benedetta Moresco of Italy (+3).

Australia’s Grace Kim and Riri Sadoyama tied for sixth at 5-over while Italy’s Clara Manzalini and Kajal Mistry of South Africa (+7) tied for eighth and Australia’s Isabelle Taylor came in 10th at plus-8.

The 2017 TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup Supported by JAL is the world’s only junior golf championship in which 24 national teams – winners of regional qualifiers held across six continents and participated in by more than 65 national teams – compete for the world championship.

For more information – including photographs and videos from the round – please visit www.wjgtc.org.