2003 Spirit International Amateur Championship



Team USA Holds On for Victory at the 2003 Spirit International

Trinity, TX-The 2003 Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship, played October 15-18, 2003 at Whispering Pines Golf Club, was truly an event of Olympia proportions. The 24 participating countries, from six continents, experienced a week filled with great golf competition and international goodwill.

The fun started when the 96 participants (two men and two women amateur golfers from each country) were introduced at The Spirit Opening Ceremonies on Monday, October 13th. Lorena Ochoa, The 2001 Spirit gold medalist and 2003 LPGA Rookie of the Year, provided a heart-warming address to the players and 6,800 attendees. The festive evening was completed with a concert performance by Huey Lewis & The News.

It was then onto golf where a Scottish bagpiper summoned the player field to the first and tenth tees for the first round. Every player looked proud to represent their country. Several world class players such as 2003 US Amateur Champion, Nick Flanagan from Australia and 2003 British Amateur Champion, Gary Wolstemholme from England, had high hopes to bring home the International Team gold medal.

However, it was a highly young and talented team of Americans, selected by Captain Duke Butler, which took The Spirit by storm. Representing Team USA were Paula Creamer, #1 ranked USA Junior, age 17; Jane Park, US Womenís Amateur runner-up at age 17; Matt Rosenfeld, NCAA Tournament runner-up, age 18; and Brandt Snedeker, US Menís Publinks Champion, age 22. Collectively they posted the low International Team score in each of the first three rounds, going 49 under par in the combined best ball team event.

By the final round, it was only the battle for the silver and bronze medals that was left undecided. Team USA cruised in the final 18 to post a tournament record score of 53 under par (Mexico won in 2001 at 51 under par) to claim the gold, while Team Australia captured the silver with a 37 under par total. It was a photo finish for the bronze medal, Team Finland and Team New Zealand (2001 Team Bronze medalist) tied at 26 under par for the bronze, while Team Korea and Team Netherlands came up one stroke shy at 26 under par.

Course : Whispering Pines Golf Club
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team scoring rounds total
score
to par thru today 1 2 3 4
1 United States of America -53 F -4 128 129 126 140 523
2 Australia -37 F -5 133 133 134 139 539
T3 Finland -26 F -3 140 138 131 141 550
T3 New Zealand -26 F -2 135 138 135 142 550
T5 Korea -25 F -7 131 147 136 137 551
T5 Netherlands -25 F -6 134 140 139 138 551
T7 Thailand -23 F -2 137 140 134 142 553
T7 Colombia -23 F -4 137 137 139 140 553
9 Germany -22 F -4 140 136 138 140 554
10 Austria -20 F -4 141 138 137 140 556
T11 Canada -17 F -12 145 142 140 132 559
T11 Italy -17 F -2 138 141 138 142 559
T11 England -17 F -4 140 140 139 140 559
14 Mexico -16 F -10 144 143 139 134 560
15 Scotland -15 F -1 143 137 138 143 561
T16 Philippines -14 F +1 138 144 135 145 562
T16 Sweden -14 F -3 140 145 136 141 562
T18 Argentina -11 F -9 140 148 142 135 565
T18 Denmark -11 F -5 145 141 140 139 565
20 South Africa -10 F -4 142 140 144 140 566
21 Norway -7 F -1 145 141 140 143 569
22 Chinese Taipei +9 F +3 147 149 142 147 585
23 Malaysia +32 F +4 152 149 159 148 608
24 Croatia +120 F +31 170 179 172 175 696

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