While Japan streaked away with the girls’ division, Denmark made a dramatic comeback to win the Boys’ section of the 2018 TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup Supported by JAL.
The Japanese girls outpaced second-placed Korea by a whopping 10 shots but the task was not so straightforward for Denmark’s boys.
They were forced to climb back from seven shots behind before finishing 23 under the card in total in Toyota City, Aichi-Prefecture, Japan.
In their first title in the 26-year history of the event the Danes beat third-round leader Spain, who finished 21-under with Thailand third at 19 under par.
“We’ve been really looking forward to this week and knew we had a strong team coming in,” Denmark coach Martin Raal Kold said.
“We had a bit of a rough day yesterday but the boys came back today and performed as well as we’d hoped. It was just enough to pull it off.”
Host Japan (-11) claimed the fourth spot while South Africa (-8) and Argentina (-1) also finished in the red.
Mexico ended up at even par and moved into seventh – one shot ahead of eighth-placed Korea (+1). Sweden came in ninth at three-over while New Zealand (+5) and two-time defending champion United States (+7) checked in 10th and 11th respectively.
Italy (+8), Colombia (+12), Canada (+22) and Morocco (+48) rounded out the boys’ field.
Rasmus Højgaard of Denmark took out the boys’ individual title at 16-under – four shots ahead of his twin brother Nicolai (-12).
In the Girls’ Division, Japan’s dominance stunned this rivals. Korea finished 12 under par but were 10 off the pace overall.
No other team finished below par. Canada and Sweden tied for third at two over – one stroke ahead of two-time defending champion United States (+3).
“We were very calm today,” Japanese captain Gentaro Hashida said. “We played well all four days and expected to do so. We have a very strong team and are proud to win the championship.
‘The icing on the cake was all three players birdied their final hole.”
Colombia finished in sixth place at nine over while New Zealand checked in seventh (+17). South Africa (+27) and Italy (+33) closed out the girls’ field.
Korea’s Lee Sujeong and Yuka Yasuda of Japan tied for the Girls’ Division individual trophy at 10-under.
The other two Japanese participants – Yuna Nishimura (-9) and Ayaka Furue (-6) – finished third and fourth respectively.