Sweden Wins Womens World Amateur


RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico -- The Swedish team of Karen Sjodin, Louise Stahle and Sofie Andersson overcame a two-stroke deficit on Saturday to win the Women's World Amateur Team Championship by three over Canada and the United States of America.
Sjodin and Stahle each posted 2-under 70s for the team's final round of 4-under 140 at Rio Mar Country Club. Sweden finished the tournament at 9-under-par 567, which gave them a three-shot win and matched the second-lowest score in history.
'It is a big celebration day for Sweden and our golf program. It couldn't be better,' said Sweden's captain Birgitta Ljung. 'The girls were just so great. They kept their composure. I am so impressed by that.'
Canada, who tried to become the first team to go wire-to-wire since the USA in 1996, could not hold their two-shot lead heading into Saturday's final round. Mary Ann Lapointe (72) and Laura Matthews (73) posted the team's score of 1-over 145, while Lindsay Knowlton only managed a 6-over 78 on Saturday.
Jane Park (71), the 2004 U.S. Women's Amateur Champion, Paula Creamer (69) and Sarah Huarte (71) combined to match Sweden as low team of the day with their 4-under-par 140.
Canada held a two-stroke lead, but Sjodin, the 2004 NCAA runner-up from Oklahoma State, got Sweden back into it. She knocked a 4-iron to 3 feet to set up eagle at the third and got her teammates going.
'I hit the ball well,' said Sjodin, who is one of the longest hitters in women's amateur golf. 'That eagle was the key. That's when we took over.'
Both Sjodin and Stahle, the 2004 Ladies British Amateur champion, birdied the fifth to tie them with Canada at 9 under par. Stahle birdied the seventh to give Sweden a lead they never lost.
'They had to do it and they did,' said Canadian captain Jackie Little.
Japan (146), Korea (145) and Chinese Taipei (143) shared fourth place at 3-over-par 579. Colombia (149) took seventh at plus-5, while Spain (145) came in eighth place at 7-over-par 583.