Korea Finishes Third at International Crown LPGA Tour

D-Bo , July 28, 2014, 6:18 p.m.

Team Korean placed third at this year’s inaugural International Crown on the LPGA Tour held in Maryland.  At Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, a suburb of Baltimore, South Korea picked up four points in the singles matches on the final day of the competition, for a four-day total of 10 points. South Korea won two singles and lost two others.  Spain, which won all four of its singles matches on Sunday, won the event with 15 points, followed by Sweden with 11.

The International Crown featured the four highest-ranked players from eight countries, based on their world rankings as of March 31.  The eight teams were divided into Pool A and Pool B. After three days of four-ball competition, the top two nations from each pool, Thailand and Spain from Pool A and Japan and Sweden from Pool B, qualified for Sunday's singles. South Korea, which finished third in Pool B after four-ball, joined them as a wild card, after beating the United States, which came in third in Pool A, in a sudden death playoff on Saturday.

The total points accumulated from Thursday to Sunday determined the champion. A win was worth two points, and a halve was good for one point.  In the singles, Park In-bee beat Caroline Hedwall of Sweden 4 & 2, and Ryu So-yeon beat Sakura Yokomine of Japan 1-up. Two other South Koreans failed to add any more points: Carlota Ciganda of Spain thoroughly defeated Choi Na-yeon 8 & 6 and Pornanong Phatlum of Thailand got past Kim In-kyung 1-up.

In addition to Ciganda, Beatriz Recari, Belen Mozo and Azahara Munoz all won their respective singles matches for Spain on Sunday. Munoz is the highest-ranked player for Spain at No. 20.  Park is the highest-ranked South Korean at No. 3, followed by No. 9 Ryu, No. 18 Choi and No. 23 Kim. At the time of the team selection, Park was still the No. 1 player, while Ryu was in sixth place, Choi in 11th and Kim in 15th.

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