Sunday, December 06, 2015

Catriona Matthew beaten 6 and 5 in singles as 

Europeans finish 3rd behind Japan, S Korea


NAGOYA, Japan –  Hosts Japan led from start to finish to earn an historic home victory at The Queens presented by Kowa, an innovative new match play tournament between four of the world’s leading women’s golf tours: the Ladies European Tour (LET), Australian Ladies Professional Golf Association (ALPG), South Korean Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) and LPGA of Japan (JLPGA).
After going into the final round at Miyoshi Country Club with an eight point lead over South Korea, the Japanese team ended with 41 points, just three ahead of the Koreans, who won eight of their nine singles matches against the Australians.
 The LET teamfinished third with the Australians fourth.
The Japanese team won six and halved one of their nine singles matches, earning 19 points in bitterly cold conditions today.
 Misuzu Narita led the way in the top match with a 6 and 5 win over Catriona Matthew.
Dame Laura Davies, the LET team captain, beat Australian Sarah Kemp by 2 and 1 in a thrilling match. Davies was four up before Kemp eagled the long 15th to keep the match alive and the captaandin also lost the short 16th after her tee shot took a hard bounce left into a small valley.
Karine Icher added a half point for the LET in the 15th match against Japan’s Erina Hara, earning the LET team four points from the singles. Icher was one-up coming down 18 before Hara hit her approach shot stone dead.

(3 points are awarded for a win and 1 point to each team for a halved match)
Match 1 Misuzu Narita (JLPGA) bt Catriona Matthew (LET) 6 and 5
Match 2 Jin Young Ko (KLPGA) bt Whitney Hillier (ALPG) 1 hole
Match 3 Laura Davies (LET) bt Sarah Kemp (ALPG) 2 and 1
Match 4 Min Sun Kim (KLPGA) bt Shiho Oyama (JLPGA) 3 and 2
Match 5 Akane Iijima (JLPGA) bt Lindsey Wright (ALPG) 4 and 2
Match 6 Sei Young Kim (KLPGA) bt Melissa Reid (LET) 5 and 4
Match 7 Seon Woo Bae (KLPGA) bt Stephanie Na (ALPG) 5 and 4
Match 8 Erika Kikuchi (JLPGA) bt Gwladys Nocera (LET) 4 and 3
Match 9 Sarah Jane Smith (ALPG) bt Emily Kristine Pedersen (LET) 5 and 4
Match 10 Ayaka Watanabe (JLPGA) bt Yoon Ji Cho (KLPGA) 1 hole
Match 11 Bo-Mee Lee (KLPGA) bt Hannah Burke (LET) 3 and 2
Match 12 Ritsuko Ryu (JLPGA) bt Katherine Kirk (ALPG) 5 and 4
Match 13 In Gee Chun (KLPGA) bt Nanna Koerstz Madsen (LET) 6 and 4
Match 14 Miki Sakai (JLPGA) bt Nikki Campbell (ALPG) 7 and 6
Match 15 Karine Icher (LET) halved with Erina Hara (JLPGA)
Match 16 Jung Min Lee (KLPGA) bt Nikki Garrett (ALPG) 4 and 3
Match 17 Rachel Hetherington (ALPG) bt Marianne Skarpnord (LET) 2 and 1
Match 18 Sung Hyun Park (KLPGA) bt Momoko Ueda (JLPGA) 5 and 4

Japanese LPGA 41pt
South Korean LPGA 38pt
Ladies European Tour 12pt
Australian LPG 7pt