ANTALYA, Turkey - LSU sophomore golfer Madelene Sagstrom posted another strong round for her home country of Sweden, but her country team fell from first to 10th at the halfway points of the 2012 Women's World Amateur Team Championship at the Gloria Golf Club.
Sagstrom followed Thursday's even par round of 72 with a 2-under round of 70. Sagstrom had five birdies and overcame a double bogey to post a 36-hole score of 142, good enough for eighth place in the individual competition and just three shots out of the individual lead of 5-under par by Hyo-Joo Kim of Korea at 5-under 139 (72-67).
The other two members of the Swedish team struggled with the team having to count a 5-over 77 from Nathalie Manasson to finish the day at 3-over 147. Sweden is at even par after 36 holes at 288.
Defending champion Republic of Korea, boosted by the 67 from Kim and a 3-under-par 69 from Min-Sun Kim for a team total of 8-under 136, surged into the lead. The Koreans, who began the day tied for eighth, posted the third-lowest second-round score in Espirito Santo Trophy history to give them a five-stroke lead over five countries. Their 36-hole score is 8-under 280.
The Women's World Amateur Team Championship is a biennial international amateur competition conducted by the International Golf Federation, which comprises national governing bodies of golf in 126 countries and international professional tours. The competition, which is being held for the 25th time, is rotated among three geographic zones: Asia-Pacific, Americas and Europe-Africa.
In each round, the total of the two lowest scores from each team constitutes the team score for the round. The four-day (72-hole) total is the team's score for the championship.
Korea is vying to become the first team to win in consecutive championships since the USA in 1988 and 1990.
Tied for second at 3-under-par 285 are: Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan and New Zealand.
Spain holds seventh position at 286, Finland and France are tied for eighth at 287 and first-round leader Sweden and England are tied for 10th at 288.
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