Stellenbosch, South Africa-- The 2006 World Amateur Team Championship came to a close on Saturday as the United States finished ninth with a 72-hole total of 574 at the 6,080-yard, par 72 Zalze Golf Club in South Africa.
Taking home the title was the host South Africa on a tiebreaker with a total of 566, while Sweden (566), Colombia (567), France (568), Germany (569), Japan (569), New Zealand (570), Spain (572) and the United States (574) rounded out the top nine. Sweden’s Caroline Westrup shot a three-under-par, 69, on Saturday to take home the individual title with a total of 280.
After firing rounds of even or under par the first three days, Duke sophomore Amanda Blumenherst finished with a 76 on Saturday to conclude the tournament with a 290, which was tied for 19th. A product of Scottsdale, Ariz., Blumenherst posted three birdies and three bogies on the day but a quadruple-bogey on the 137-yard, par three ninth hole led to her four-over-par score.
Duke teammate Jennie Lee posted her second straight round of 75 on the final day as she finished with a total of 302, which was tied for 63rd. Lee opened her day with a par on the first hole and then registered three straight birdies to move to three-under-par. A native of Henderson, Nev., Lee then had bogies on No. 5, No. 6, No. 11 and then suffered a double-bogey on the 12th hole to move to two-over-par. Lee closed with three pars, one birdie and two bogies as she finished with a 75.
United States teammate Kimberly Kim notched her second straight under-par round as she collected a 71 on Saturday.
In the World Amateur, the team’s two best individual scores count.
The 2008 championships will be played at Royal Adelaide and The Grange Golf Clubs in Adelaide, Australia.
The International Golf Federation was founded in 1958 to encourage the international development of the game and to employ golf as a vehicle to foster friendship and sportsmanship. The IGF is the recognized international federation for golf for the International Olympic Committee and comprises the national governing bodies of golf of more than 100 countries.
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