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THAILAND, UNITED STATES TIED FOR LEAD – ZIMBABWE SLIDE TO 14TH OUT OF 15

TOYOTA CITY, Japan – Host and two-time defending champion Japan (-9) shot a second round 144 to maintain a one-stroke lead over Spain and the United States (-8) in the Girls’ Division of the 2016 TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup Supported by JAL in Toyota City, Aichi-Prefecture, Japan.

Italy had the low-round of the day (139) to move into fourth place at 4-under, two shots ahead of fifth place Argentina (-2). Korea fell a spot to sixth at minus-1 while South Africa (+2), Mexico (+7) and Australia (+11) round out the girls’ field.

Kristen Gillman of the United States continues to hold the pole position in the girls’ individual competition at 9-under. Italy’s Angelica Moresco and Riri Sadoyama of Japan are three shots back at minus-6 while two Spanish teammates – Maria Parra and Ana Pelaez (-3) – are tied for fourth.

Japan’s Mone Inami and Ivanna Samu of South Africa (-1) sit in sixth place, ahead of four players – Argentina’s Macarena Aguilera, Jung Ahram and Kim Sojung of Korea and Spain’s Marta Perez Sanmartin – tied for eighth at even par.

In the boys’ competition, Thailand and the United States (-18) both fired second-round 202s to tie for the lead at the halfway point, seven strokes ahead of third place Germany (-11). South Africa and Sweden are tied for fourth at 9-under while Japan finds itself in sixth at minus-1.

“The team talked about being resilient this morning; about only storing the good thoughts” United States coach Jeff Roope said. “It’s great to have that kind of leadership and also to have that kind of support. It was a very good team effort today.”

Canada and Korea are deadlocked in seventh place at even par, two strokes ahead of Chile and Norway (+2). The Netherlands (+8) holds the 11th spot while Mexico and New Zealand are tied for 12th at 11-over. Zimbabwe (+15) and Brazil (+20) close out the boys’ field.

South Africa’s Dylan Naidoo and Matthew Wolff of the United States currently sit atop the boys’ individual leaderboard at minus-8. A trio of players from Thailand – Kousuke Hamamoto, Sadom Kaewkajana and Atiruj Winaicharoenchai – are tied for third at 6-under.

Austin Eckroat of the United States (-5) sits alone in sixth place, a single stroke ahead of Germany’s Marc Hammer, Tony Gil of Canada and Takumi Kanaya of Japan (-4).

The third round of the 2016 TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup Supported by JAL tees off Thursday at 7:30 AM with inclement weather expected, particularly in the afternoon. For more information – including photographs and videos from the round – please visit www.wjgtc.org and follow the tournament’s official twitter account @wjgtc.

GIRLS TEAM STANDINGS

1. Japan 135-144 = 279 (-9)
T2. Spain 139-141 = 280 (-8)
T2. United States 137-143 = 280 (-8)
4. Italy 145-139 = 284 (-4)
5. Argentina 139-147 = 286 (-2)
6. Korea 141-146 = 287 (-1)
7. South Africa 148-142 = 290 (+2)
8. Mexico 148-147 = 295 (+7)
9. Australia 152-147 = 299 (+11)
GIRLS INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS

1. Kristen Gillman, United States 66-69 = 135 (-9)
T2. Angelica Moresco, Italy 68-70 = 138 (-6)
T2. Riri Sadoyama, Japan 67-71 = 138 (-6)
T4. Maria Parra, Spain 70-71 = 141 (-3)
T4. Ana Pelaez, Spain 69-72 = 141 (-3)
T6. Mone Inami, Japan 68-75 = 143 (-1)
T6. Ivanna Samu, South Africa 71-72 = 143 (-1)
T8. Macarena Aguilera, Argentina 73-71 = 144 (-)
T8. Jung Ahram, Korea 73-71 = 144 (-)
T8. Marta Perez Sanmartin, Spain 72-72 = 144 (-)
T8. Kim Sojung, Korea 69-75 = 144 (-)

BOYS TEAM STANDINGS

T1. Thailand 206-202 = 408 (-18)
T1. United States 206-202 = 408 (-18)
3. Germany 204-211 = 415 (-11)
T4. South Africa 210-207 = 417 (-9)
T4. Sweden 205-212 = 417 (-9)
6. Japan 206-219 = 425 (-1)
T7. Canada 210-216 = 426 (-)
T7. Korea 211-215 = 426 (-)
T9. Chile 214-214 = 428 (+2)
T9. Norway 212-216 = 428 (+2)
11. Netherlands 220-214 = 434 (+8)
T12. Mexico 216-221 = 437 (+11)
T12. New Zealand 222-215 = 437 (+11)
14. Zimbabwe 220-221 = 441 (+15)
15. Brazil 223-223 = 446 (+20)

BOYS INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS
T1. Dylan Naidoo, South Africa 66-68 = 134 (-8)
T1. Matthew Wolff, United States 68-66 = 134 (-8)
T3. Kousuke Hamamoto, Thailand 67-69 = 136 (-6)
T3. Sadom Kaewkajana, Thailand 71-65 = 136 (-6)
T3. Atiruj Winaicharoenchai, Thailand 68-68 = 136 (-6)
6. Austin Eckroat, United States 72-65 = 137 (-5)
T7. Tony Gil, Canada 65-73 = 138 (-4)
T7. Marc Hammer, Germany 66-72 = 138 (-4)
T7. Takumi Kanaya, Japan 67-71 = 138 (-4)

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