Ketchams USA Team Crowned World Champions
BY ANDRES FOCIL
MINAKUCHI, Japan — The United States shot even par to hold off South Africa and win the 2004 Junior World Golf Cup at the 7,006-yard, par 72 bear’s Paw Country Club in Minakuchi, Japan under the guidance of Arkansas head coach Mike Ketcham. The title was the USA’s first since 2000 and sixth overall.
The United States, who led after each of the previous three rounds and finished at a World Junior Golf Cup record 25-under-par 839, were four shots clear of South Africa entering the day and built the advantage to six at the turn. South Africa charged hard and had the help of several American bogeys to trim the lead to a single stroke. Birdies on 15 and 18 by one of the American golfers pushed the lead back to three, but the match was not in hand until a South African golfer failed to eagle 18.
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