Canada Takes Womens World Am Lead

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2004 WomenCanada, spurred by a championship record low round of 67 from Mary Ann Lapointe, took the first-day lead at the 2004 Womens World Amateur Team Championship by two strokes over the USA and by five over Korea in Puerto Rico.

The Canadians used Lapointes 5-under-par 67 and Laura Matthews 70 for a team score of 137. Lapointe, a four-time Canadian Womens Amateur champion, shot a bogey-free round which included five birdies. It is the lowest first round in the history of the championship, one stroke better than the 68 shot on three previous occasions.
 
I was steady and hit fairways and greens, said Lapointe.
 
The California trio of the USA posted a 5-under-par 139. Jane Park of Rancho Cucamonga, the reining U.S. Womens Amateur champion, shot a 3-under-69 and was followed by Paula Creamer of Pleasanton and Sarah Huarte of Shingle Springs, who registered 2-under 70s.
 
Our approach shots were hit wonderfully but we couldnt get the putts to fall, said USA captain Cora Jane Blanchard. When the putts start going in, watch out!
 
Korea, also playing the River Course, stood in third with a score of 2-under-par 142 based on a 70 from Hee Young Park and a 72 from Soo Young Yoo.
 
Following Korea was Chinese Taipei in fourth at 143, and then Germany, Spain and Sweden in joint fifth at 144. Defending champion Australia was tied for 22nd position at 152.
 
1 Canada -7
2 United States of America -5
3 Korea -2
4 Chinese Taipei -1
T5 Germany E
T5 Spain E
T5 Sweden E
T8 Mexico +1
T8 Russian Federation +1
T8 Venezuela +1