The Yomiuri ShimbunTOYOTA, Aichi — The Japan girls’ team won its second straight title at the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup on Friday in Toyota, Aichi Prefecture.
The trio of Tsubasa Kajitani, Akie Iwai and Miyu Yamashita shot a combined 18-under 558 in the nine-country competition as Japan won for the third time overall. Mexico finished second, three strokes behind.
In individual results, Kajitani, a first year student at Takigawa Daini High School in Hyogo Prefecture, placed fourth at 9-under 279.
“I missed my shot and took a bogey at the first hole. But, I cleared my mind and was able to prevent more bogeys, Kajitani said. “I’m so happy to win the championship in this team.”
Cory Lopez from Mexico, Rose Zhang from the United States and Cassie Porter from Australia shared first place at 11-under 277.
In the 15-country boys’ competition, Samuel Simpson and Martin Vorster had a 1-2 finish to lead South Africa to the championship with a total of 41-under 811. Simpson shot a 18-under 266, four shots ahead of Vorster.
Japan finished second at 30-under 822, 11 strokes behind. Individually, Yuta Sugiura, a senior at Fukui Senior High School in Fukui Prefecture, came in fourth with a 12-under 272.
“I enjoyed playing so much, but, in the end, I’m disappointed with my results,” Sugiura said.
Competitors 18 and under — excluding those in college — from countries that qualified are eligible for the tournament, which is receiving special support from The Yomiuri Shimbun.