Evian Cham­pi­onship Ju­niors Cup

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Por­tu­gal had its best ever per­for­mance at the Evian Cham­pi­onship Ju­niors Cup, one of the most pres­ti­gious world tour­na­ments in the un­der-14s. The event was played over two rounds at the Evian Re­sort Golf Club, with 16 par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­tries, and 17 mixed teams of four play­ers (two boys and two girls) as the host coun­try en­tered two quar­tets. The na­tional team, in­clud­ing Fran­cisco Matos Coelho, Leonor Medeiros, Rita Costa Mar­ques and Diogo Mealha, fin­ished in 5th place, tied with China. The pre­vi­ous best fin­ish for the Por­tuguese team was 12th. The USA won the tour­na­ment con­vinc­ingly, with -5. Ja­pan, who was de­fend­ing their ti­tle, was run­ner-up 13 strokes back. France 2 was third with +19, and Hol­land fourth with +24.In the boy’s sin­gles stand­ings, Fran­cisco Matos Coelho, two-time Na­tional Cham­pion of the un­der-14 and newly crowned Men’s Na­tional Cham­pi­onship, took the fi­nal spot on the podium with a to­tal of 143 (73-72), 1 over par. Diogo Mealha was 27th, with 164 (83-81), 20 over par. The boy’s event was won by American Jack­son Van Paris with -4, fol­lowed by Kyo Mor­ishita from Ja­pan (par). In the girl’s com­pe­ti­tion, Lu­cie Malch­i­ron from France won with -4, Rita Costa Mar­ques (78-78) and Leonor Medeiros (75-81) shared the 13th place, with +1 A se­leção de Por­tu­gal teve aquela que foi de longe a sua mel­hor prestação de sem­pre no Evian Cham­pi­onship Ju­niors Cup, um dos mais pres­ti­gia­dos torneios mundi­ais no es­calão de sub-14 anos. A prova jo­gou-se em duas voltas no Evian Re­sort Golf Club, com 16 países par­tic­i­pantes e 17 equipas mis­tas de qua­tro jo­gadores (dois ra­pazes e duas ra­pari­gas), visto que o país an­fitrião en­trou com dois quar­te­tos. Fran­cisco Matos Coelho foi ter­ceiro na tabela in­di­vid­ual mas­culina e a se­lecção na­cional, com­posta ainda por Leonor Medeiros, Rita Costa Mar­ques e Diogo Mealha, acabou no 5.º lu­gar em­patada com a China, quando a an­te­rior mel­hor marca por­tuguesa era o 12.º. Os EUA vence­ram de forma categórica, com -5, o Japão, que de­fendia o tí­tulo, foi vice-campeão a 13 pan­cadas de dis­tân­cia do país vence­dor. A França 2 foi ter­ceira com +19 e a Holanda quarta com +24. No campo de par-72 do Evian Re­sort, Fran­cisco Matos Coelho, bi­cam­peão na­cional de sub-14 e recém-sagrado campeão na­cional de clubes em homens por Vilamoura, subiu ao pó­dio com um to­tal de 143 (73-72), 1 acima do par. Diogo Mealha foi 27.º, com 164 (83-81), 20 acima do par. A prova mas­culina foi ganha pelo norte-amer­i­cano Jack­son Van Paris, com -4, seguido do japonês Kyo Mor­ishita (par).

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