Oct. 8, 2008
ADELAIDE, Australia –
Macarena Silva, a sophomore member of the Florida State University women’s golf team, carded a team-leading 74 to lead Chile in the first round of the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship at The Grange Golf Club’s East and West Courses. Silva’s score of 74 has her in a tie for 22nd place in the individual standings and only eight strokes behind Caroline Hedwall of Sweden who is the individual leader with a six-under par score of 66.
Chile is in a tie for 23rd place in the team standings. Sweden is in first place with a 10 stroke lead over Spain. The United States is in a tie for 17th place in the team standings.
Silva enjoyed a very consistent first round with only three holes over par en route to her score of 74. She carded two bogeys on her front nine and made the turn at two-over par. After carding a bogey on hole No. 10 to move to three-over par, she finished her final eight holes at one under par with one birdie and seven holes at par.
Chile counted Silva’s score of 74 and Paz Echeverria’s score of 78. The third player for Chile, Soledad Ruiz Tagle, carded an 81. In the Women’s World Amateur, only the team’s two best individual scores count toward the team total.
The 72-hole event runs from Oct. 8-11. The biennial competition has been played since 1964 with the winner taking home the Espirito Santo Trophy. South Africa is the defending champion, having won the 2006 title in its home country. The United States last won the championship in 1998 and has captured the trophy a record 13 times since 1966.
A record 54 teams from around the world are playing in the 2008 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship. It is played in conjunction with the World Amateur Team Championship for men, which will be played Oct. 16-19 on Royal Adelaide Golf Club and the Grange’s West Course.