BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Auburn senior Cydney Clanton carded a 1-over-par 73 Saturday in the final round of the World Amateur Team Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina, finishing in a tie for eighth while helping the United States to a runner-up finish. Clanton finished the event with a tournament-total 2-under-par 286.
Conducted by the International Golf Federation, which comprises national governing bodies of golf in more than 120 countries, the Women's World Amateur Team Championship is a biennial international amateur competition, which is rotated among three geographic zones: Asia-Pacific, Americas and Europe-Africa. This year the event was hosted by the Asociacion Argentina de Golf and took place at the Olivos Golf Club and Buenos Aires Golf Club. The teams played for the Espirito Santo Trophy.
In all, 155 players, making up 52 teams, competed in the championship. Each team had two or three players and played 18 holes of stroke play for four days. In each round, the total of the two lowest scores by players from each team constitutes the team score for the round. The four-day (72 holes) total was the team's score for the championship.
Clanton is the first American from Auburn to ever compete in the World Amateur Team Championship and finished the tournament as one of only 15 players in the 155-player field to come in under par. She put together rounds of 68-72-73-73—286 to tie for eighth. Jessica Korda led the U.S. team with a 5-under 285, tying for fourth, while Danielle Kang tied for eighth with Clanton.
As a team, the United States finished second with a 13-under-par 563, coming in behind Korea, who finished with a 30-under-par 546. Korea also had the top three individuals with Jung-Eun Han winning medalist honors with a 13-under 275.
Also competing this week was Auburn freshman Diana Fernandez, a native of Asuncion, Paraguay. She carded her best round of the tournament Saturday, coming in with a 2-under 71 to move up to a tie for 53rd at 8-over 296. She had the best finish for Paraguay, leading her home country to a tie for 35th with a 28-over 604.
For more information on the World Amateur Team Championship, go to www.worldamateur2010.org.
Auburn, ranked 12th in the country in the GolfWorld/NGCA Coaches' Poll, will return to action for its final fall tournament, Nov. 5-7, at the Pac 10/SEC Challenge in Palo Alto, Calif.