BERKELEY – California senior Jo Ee Kok is competing for her home country of Singapore this week at the World Amateur Team Championships held at the Karuizawa 72 East Golf Club in Karuizawa, Japan.
The World Amateur Team Championships are a biennial amateur event organized by the International Golf Federation (IGF) with women’s teams from across the world competing for the Espirito Santo Trophy. Fifty teams of three players representing their home countries are competing at the 2014 edition, with the two lowest scores from each team constituting the team score for the round. Four rounds of stroke play are held to determine the champion.
In Wednesday’s opening round, Kok scored a 75 (+3) at the par-72 course with her score counting as one of the team’s two scores for the round. Individually, Kok sits tied for 65th out of 147 women competing at the championship. On the front nine, Kok shot an even 36 after scoring a birdie on the par-4 4th along with a bogey on the par-4 8th. Three bogeys on the back nine saw her day finish with a 75 after hitting par on 13 of 18 holes.
As a team, Singapore sits tied for 35th with a 150 (+6) after Kok and Sock Hwee Koh both carded 75’s Wednesday. Canada (Brooke Henderson, Augusta James, Brittany Marchand) sits in the team lead with a 135 (-9), followed by the Republic of Korea (137, -7) and France (140, -4) to round out the top three.
Play continues Thursday in Karuizawa. Kok will tee off at 8:25 am local time and is paired alongside Barbora Bakova from the Czech Republic and Rebecca Harries from Wales.