Richmond’s Christine Wong led Canada to a second place finish at the inaugural Women’s PGA Cup in Austin, Texas.
The international showcase event featured teaching professionals from five PGA governing bodies — Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Sweden and the United States. It was a 54-hole, stroke-play event, with each team’s lowest three scores counted after each round.
The host Americans took a comfortable 10-stroke lead into the final round but had to hold off the hard-charging Canadians, led by Wong.
The 27-year-old former Quilchena Junior standout fired a two-under 70 to help Canada cut the final deficit to just four shots. Wong, who has now launched her professional career and is head coach of the Langara Falcons, opened the tournament with a 71 and also fired a second round 81.
“This week has been an amazing experience I never will forget,” said the former San Diego State University standout. “Five female teaching professionals from the PGA of Canada selected to represent our country for the first time in the history of women’s golf at the inaugural Women’s PGA Cup.
“We fought hard and I am so proud of my teammates. Despite the loss, we gain something for women’s golf and that will be our legacy in the sport. Thank you PGA Canada and the PGA of America for giving us this opportunity.”