(Image courtesy igfgolf.org, tournament information courtesy watc.org)
A lot of top amateurs are in Ireland this week for the World Amateur Team Championship. Jaclyn Lee is on Team Canada in competition for the Espirito Santo Trophy. This is a four round, 72 hole stroke competition. Basically, the format is three-person teams play with the total hole-by-hole score for the low two competitors counted in competition. This event is comprised of teams from 37 nations.
Well, the United State won the Espirito Cup in fairly convincing fashion with a 10 stroke margin over 2nd place Japan.
If you look at the bottom of the screenshot, above, you’ll notice that Team Canada placed 5th. You’ll also notice that Jaclyn Lee was the only Canadian player, but quite a bit, to finish under par for the four rounds.
Jaclyn’s rounds of 76-69-72-65-282 (-8) placed her in 5th place in the Individual leaderboard. Another high finish for Jaclyn. Just in time for the upcoming collegiate season…
At the beginning of the tournament, it took Jaclyn a couple hours or so to find. her groove. She dawdled along and played her front nine in 40 (+4). Her back nine was a 2 birdie-2 bogey 36 (E) for a round of 76 (+4).
In her second round, Jaclyn made the turn at 38 (+1). However, she blistered the back nine with 5 birdies, including a 3 hole stretch (#15 – #17) for a 31 (-5) and a round of 69 (-4).
In her third round, she had “stabilized the patient” with nines of 2 birdies – 2 bogeys and a round of 72 (E).
There was no messing around in her final round. Jaclyn birdied the 1st hole, then carded four more birdies on the front side to make the turn at 32 (-5). Three birdies on the back nine gave her a round of 65 (-8)!
Jaclyn’s final round of 65 was low score of the day and tied for 2nd best score in the event. Jaclyn did all that she could for Team Canada…