Canada rallies to finish 15th at women’s world amateur golf championship

Canada’s amateur women’s golf team, which includes Georgetown’s Mary Ann Lapointe, finished 15th at the World Championships in South Africa.

The team of Lapointe and Laura Matthews of Essex, Ont., and Kira Meixner of Richmond, B.C., fought back from a tough third round, posting a four-day total, seven over par 583 from rounds 142-148-151-142.

The team finished seven strokes back of making the top 10. Lapointe, a veteran of eight World Amateur tournaments, finished with a four-day total of 297 (+9), her second-best ever performance at this competition.

Matthews was the top Canuck on Saturday shooting a five-under par 67 in the final round. She finished with a four-day total of 70-74-75-67–286 (-2) good enough for a share of 12th place in the individual standings.
Meixner a rookie to the team finished with a total of 300 (+12).

In 22 appearances at this championship, Canada has finished 15th or better 17 times. Its best results came in 1966, 1978 and in 2004 when Canada placed second.

South Africa needed a tie breaker to claim its first Espirito Santo Trophy in 17 appearances over 2004 defending champion Sweden. South Africa took a four stroke lead into the final round but Sweden rallied and even took the lead for a brief time. They tied the host nation at 10-under-par for a 72-hole total of 566. Columbia finished in third, one-stroke back at 567.

The Women’s World Amateur Team Championship is conducted by the International Golf Federation and is played every two years. Australia will host the next World Amateur Team Championship in 2008.

Next week the Men’s World Amateur Team Championship will take place with Canada sending 2006 Men’s Amateur Champion Richard Scott of Kingsville, Ont., along with James Love of Calgary, and Andrew Parr of London. Play will take place Oct. 26 – 29 in South Africa.