Tight Race in Womens World Amateur


RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico -- The Canadian team posted a 1-under 143 Friday to maintain its lead after three days of the Women's World Amateur Team Championship. Canada stands at 7-under-par 425 and is two strokes clear of its nearest foes at Rio Mar Country Club.
The Swedes remained in second place, combining for a 2-under-par 142. Sofie Andersson closed with three consecutive bogeys, but still managed a 1-under 71. Her teammate Karin Sjodin, the 2004 NCAA runner-up, opened with three birdies in a row, but a late bogey dropped her to 71.
The United States squad held on to the third slot with its even-par 144. The U.S. team stands at 2-under-par 430. Paula Creamer bounced back from a second-round 76 to post a 1-under 71 Friday. Teammate Jane Park struggled to a 1-over 73 that included a bogey at the last.
Canadian Mary Ann Lapointe bounced back from a tough round two to post a 1- under 71. She carded three front-nine birdies that helped offset a double bogey at the first. On the back nine, she collected two more birdies to go along with two bogeys.
Lapointe's teammate, Laura Matthews picked up two birdies to go along with a double bogey and 15 pars in a round of even-par 72.
'All three of our players are consistent players,' said Matthews, an assistant women's golf coach at the University of Georgia. 'That's one of our strengths.'
The third round was completed despite a nearly three-hour delay in the middle of the round due to inclement weather.
The Colombians held on to fourth place with a 1-under 143. They stand at even-par 432, while Japan climbed two spots to fifth after posting a 5-under 139. Overall, the Japanese team is at one-over-par 433.
The Korean squad held on to the sixth spot at 2-over-par 434 after a third- round, even-par 144. The Germans stand in seventh place at plus-3, with the team from Chinese Taipei in eighth place at 3-over-par 435.