With improved weather from the previous round, the second round of the World Deaf Golf Championships finished yesterday with Team USA in the lead in the women’s event. They shot 163 on the round. With a score of 162 from the first day, their combined score of 325 is substantially better than second place team Australia who had a score of 363. South Africa is third with 367 and Japan is fourth and last in the women’s team competition with a score of 399.
Only the best two scores per team are counted for each round. Patty Lopez’s 76 and Melissa Stockton’s 86 counted for the first round, Lopez’s 78 and Susan Zupnik, Patty Sue Ploysa, and Lauri Ponikiewski’s 85 counted for the second. On the Australian side, Chantell Greaves’s scores of 91 each round, and Jennifer Maric’s 87 first round and 89 second round scores were counted.
In the men’s team, the United States is also winning with a combined score for both rounds of 630. In that competition, the top four scores are counted for each team. England is second with a score of 642, with Australia close behind in third position with a score of 649. Denmark is fourth, Canada fifth, South Africa sixth, Sweden seventh, Japan eighth, Scotland ninth, Ireland tenth and Finland eleventh. Denmark fell to fourth from third position in the first round, after having only a one stroke lead over Australia. Australia shot a 321 in the second round while Denmark had a 334. Scotland fell to ninth following the second round, shooting a 343 during the second round while Japan improved by 25 strokes to shoot a 334 on the round. Scotland only improved on the second round by 11 strokes.
In the senior men’s competition, the United States is in first, Canada second, South Africa third, Australia fourth, and England and Japan are tied in fifth with a score of 357. Only the best two scores per team are counted in the senior men’s competition.
In the individual women’s competition, Patty Lopez is the overall leader so far with a score of 154. Netherlands golfer Leonie Warringa is 3 strokes behind her at 157. Australian Jack Besley is leading with 151 in the closely fought men’s competition. England’s Michael Burris and Denmark’s Hans Elgaard both have 152. England’s Paul Waring has 153. American Keith Worek leads the senior’s competition with a score of 157 after two rounds. The Netherland’s Charles Mikkers is close behind at 158. Canada’s Kenneth Hoffman is in third with 158.
The World Deaf Golf Championships started Saturday at the Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse, Michigan. Fourteen countries are participating including the United States, Netherlands, Australia, England, Japan, Norway, South Africa, Canada, Sweden, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Denmark, and Finland. In total, 64 men, 16 women, and 29 seniors are participating. The competition wraps up tomorrow.