Jed Morgan and Grace Kim Lead for Australia after round two of the APGC Junior Championship Mitsubishi Corporation Cup 2017

Posted: Thursday, 31 Aug 2017

Defending individual champion Jed Morgan and partner Grace Kim, representing Australia Team 1, will head into the final day of the  APGC Junior Championship Mitsubishi Corporate Cup 2017 with a slender one-shot lead over Yuki Ikeda and Yuka Yasuda of Japan Team 2 who had led the field after the fourball competition in round one. The Aussies followed up their respectable five-under-par 65 first round by carding the same score in the foursome tournament, the format of play today.

Morgan and Kim, who will look to win the team championship for Australia for the first time tomorrow, said:

“We both played really well today, it was good. We partnered well and produced a good combination of straight hitting and putting. The course is doing great after all the weather we have had and we are very excited about tomorrow. We feel confident.”

Hong Kong Team 1, consisting of Taichi Kho and Chloe Chan Cheuk-yee, will spearhead Hong Kong’s challenge for glory tomorrow after impressing with their rounds of 67 and 68 in the fourball and foursome competition respectively. They currently lie in tied-third, 5 shots adrift of Morgan and Kim.

13-year-old Chan commented:

“I think we partner pretty well together. We really only got to know each other this year through various initiatives that the Hong Kong Golf Association organised, but I think we clicked pretty quickly and have become good friends. The fourball competition was the first time I managed to go under par on this course and I am really happy about that. It was definitely down to having Taichi there, which does a lot for my confidence, and eases the pressure.”

Yue Yin-ho and Selina Li Yuen-Yuet of Hong Kong Team 2 are a further three shots behind Kho and Chan in 12th place, while Kevin Wu Sho-wai and Iris Wang Xin-yi of Hong Kong Team 3 will start round three in tied-15th position, 10 shots adrift of the overall leaders.

An early start and a rain-free session today allowed the 3rd edition of the APGC Junior Championship Mitsubishi Corporate Cup to catch up with its planned schedule. Individual rounds will begin at 8:30am.

The APGC Junior Championship Mitsubishi Corporate Cup 2017 fields 76 of the top juniors in 38 teams representing 20 countries and territories across 40 members of APGC. It follows the Youth Olympic Games format, pairing a junior male and female player in each team.

Following a fourball round one, the teams returned today to face different oppositions to compete in a foursome format. In a foursome game of golf, only one ball is used per team with each player in the team hitting every other shot. For example, if the male player hits the tee shot, the female golfer will play the second shot, and then they alternate until the ball is holed out. One player will hit all the tee shots on the even-numbered holes, while the other on the old-numbered ones. The totals for the round for each team will be used as the day two scores.

Tomorrow, the final day of the tournament, will see an individual stroke-play round. A seeded draw will apply where each participant will play with their own ball in a standard 18-hole round with the leading players teeing off last. Unlike days one and two, day three will generate two scores, one each for the male and female member of each team. 

The combined total of these four round scores will determine the team winner of the APGC Junior Championship Mitsubishi Corporation Cup 2017, while the male and female player who top the leaderboard of the day three competition will be crowned individual champions. In the event of a tie at the top of the leaderboard in the individual competition, the champion will be determined by a count back system. In the event of a tie in the team tournament, a sudden death play-off will decide the winner.

The male and female champions of the individual competition will be rewarded with a playing spot in the Asia-Pacific Open Golf Diamond Cup 2017 in Japan in September and the 2018 Korea Women's Open in June 2018 respectively.

Established in 2015, South Korea has won the team championship in the first two editions of this prestigious tournament, one of the main highlights on the APGC annual calendar.

Players who are 17 years or under as of 30 August are eligible and each APGC member can enter a maximum of two teams,with the exception of the host nation, who are allowed to put forward an additional pair.

For more information about the championship, please click here.