News & ToursOctober 19, 2010

WATC causes women's game to take quick break

Curious why there aren't any high-profile women's college events being held this week? Look no further than Buenos Aires, Argentina, where the Women's World Amateur Team Championship begins tomorrow (click here for live scoring) with a record 53 countries competing in the biennial event. (The men's edition is held next week in the same locale.)

Below is a list of the 38 current college players that are representing their countries (each nation has a three-player squad with the top two scores each round counting toward the team total). There are a couple of interesting points to make when looking at the names below—or more importantly the schools the players attend. They're not just the teams that appear in the *Golf World/NGCA coaches' poll *each week. There are several mid-major level programs (and a few Division II) that have elite international golfers on their rosters. As if the fact that the NCAA women's individual champion has come from outside the U.S. in 13 of the past 20 years (and seven of the last 10) hasn't already highlighted how global the women's college game has become, this snapshot lends further credence.

__ALABAMA

__ Jennifer Kirby, Canada

Camilla Lennarth, Sweden

__ARIZONA STATE

__Carlota Ciganda, Spain

Guilia Molinaro, Italy

ARKANSAS

Kelli Shean, South Africa

AUBURN

Cydney Clanton, United States

Diana Fernandez, Paraguay

BARRY

Isadora Stapff, Brazil

CALIFORNIA

Pia Halbig, Germany

CALIFORNIA U. (Pa.)

Dianne Luke, Malaysia

__DENVER

__Tonje Daffinrud, Norway

__DUKE

__Laetitia Beck, Israel

__FLORIDA

__Mia Piccio, Philippines

__FLORIDA STATE

__Macarena Silva, Chile

Maria Salinas, Peru

GEORGIA

Marta Silva Zamora, Spain

GEORGIA STATE

Charlotte Lorentzen, Denmark

__KENT STATE

__Martina Gavier, Argentina

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LOUISVILLE

__Sara-Maude Juneau, Canada

__PEPPERDINE

__Martine de Gannes, Trinidad and Tobago

Danielle Kang, United States

__PURDUE

__Laura Gonzalez-Escallon, Belgium

__OHIO STATE

__Susana Benavides, Bolivia

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SAN DIEGO STATE

__Christine Wong, Canada

__SAN FRANCISCO

__Tinna Johannsdottir, Iceland

STANFORD

Sally Watson, Scotland

TCU

Sanna Nuutinen, Finland

Rachel Raastad, Norway

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TEXAS-PAN AMERICAN

__Maria Jose Camey, Guatemala

__TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO

__Paola Valerio, Mexico

__TEXAS STATE

__Krista Puisite, Latvia

Mara Puisite, Latvia

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TEXAS TECH

__Alexandra Gibson, Peru

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TROY

__Signy Arnorsdottie, Iceland

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TULSA

__Marita Engzelius, Norway

__UNLV

__Therese Koelbaek, Denmark

USC

Lisa McCloskey, Colombia

Sophia Popov, Germany

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