Korea continued their remarkable dominance of the Queen Sirikit Cup with a runaway victory in Adelaide in March.
Strolling to their sixth victory in a row in the tournament, the Koreans startled their rivals with a massive 16-shot victory, with Australia a distant second.
Uhjin Seo, Ye-Been Sohn and Ye Won Lee also snared the top three places in the individual standings at Glenelg Golf Club.
It was the 21st Korean victory in the 41 editions of what has become the Asia-Pacific women’s teams championship and, remarkably, the 12th time in the past 13 years that they have triumphed.
The only interruption to their march was Australia’s win in 2013 in Chinese Taipei.
Seo, 17, finished eight under through three rounds, to become the 16th Korean to win the individual prize, ahead of her teammates Sohn (-6) and Lee (-4).
“This was not what we expected,” Seo told Golf Australia.
“We haven’t played away from Korea before, so to do this is beyond what we thought possible.
“The course was fantastic and it really suited the way we played … we are beyond excited about the result,” she said through a translator.
Sohn, 17, admitted the burden of previous Korean success weighed on the team, but paid tribute to national coach Birdie Kim, the 2005 US Women’s Open champion.
“The teams who’ve played before are so good, it’s hard to match. But Birdie was very helpful to us, reminding us we could only play our game and not to worry about anything past,” she said. “It’s great to have her as part of our team.”
Lee, 16, said the team had been thrilled with Glenelg and their time in Adelaide.
“We have had great food, fun after golf and the course is beautiful … we are very happy here.”
Sydney’s Steph Kyriacou played the final day’s best round – a superb four-under 69, including an eagle on the par-five sixth, to power Australia into second place at a one-under total.
She managed to force her way into fifth place overall at one under, two strokes behind Bianca Pagdanganan, of the Philippines, in fourth.
China showed its continuing improvement with a combined one-under total to finish third overall in the team event, three behind Australia at two over and relegating Thailand (+3) and New Zealand (+5) from the podium.
The 2020 edition will be played next March near Jakarta, Indonesia.
– with Golf Australia