ANTALYA, Turkey - LSU golfer Madelene Sagstrom birdied two of the final four holes to post a 2-over 74, equaling the team low score for Sweden Saturday in the third round of the 2012 Women's World Amateur Team Championship.
Defending champion Republic of Korea maintained its lead after the third round with a 54-hole total of 11-under-par 421 at Gloria Golf Club. The Koreans are five strokes ahead of New Zealand (6-under-par 426) and six strokes in front of Canada and Australia (427).
Sagstrom birdied the 15th and 16th holes coming in for a 74, the same shot for the other counting score by teammate Daniela Holmqvist. The team score for the day of 148 puts Sweden at 4-over 436 (141-147-148) and in a tie for 14th place in the 53 team field.
Sagstrom's three-day total of even par 216 (70-72-74) puts her in a tie for 17th place in the individual competition. Lydia Ko of New Zealand is the individual leader at 10-under 206.
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.
This year's event is hosted by the Turkish Golf Federation. The teams play for the Espirito Santo Trophy.
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 consecutive championships since the USA in 1988 and 1990.