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527365_365601030181871_1095266013_n LPGA Crown Logo FBDSC02888 Team Spain with manager DS Ciganda Munoz manager Mozo and Recari DS

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Spain that went into the final round as the two seed won all four of it’s matches on Sunday, and earned the full 8 points possible to win the first International Crown.

Team Spain came out flying as Carlota Ciganda was five up in the first six holes and 7 UP by 11. Her start inspired teammates Beatriz Recari and Belen Mozo who quickly jumped out in front in their matches. Mozo’s birdie on the par 5 16th hole, clinched the deciding point for Spain.

Azahara Munoz had to come from behind and was the last match to be completed, after her win on 17 Spain had swept the day and was ready to get Crowned.

Munoz was on the 15th green when the news got to her that Spain had won the Crown she said she almost lost control of her emotions right there. “I don’t know how I kept playing, I thought I was going to have a heart attack.”

Recari said she felt more in control of her game today, and that she felt focused and ready to go. It’s different when you don’t have a partner.

Team Japan went into the final day as the top seed, but they won only one match and had to settle for fourth place.

“We tried our best today and it just did not happen,” said Ai Miyazato.” Obviously it’s so disapointing this is not the result that we expected. Overall I am very proud of our team.”

“This was a fantastic week, ” said So Yeon Ryu of Korea. “This tournament is on my bucket list now, I can’t wait for the Crown in 2016.”

LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan held a press briefing in the medai center on Sunday afternoon. The audio track will be posted here in the next 2 or 3 days. Whan talks about the event and looks ahead to Rich Harvest Farms in 2016. But he called Saturday, “one of the greatest days in LPGA history.”

American Stacy Lewis hung around the championship on the final day doing several media interviews. Lewis spoke on Saturday about tweaking the Crown’s format going forward. She was taken to task on social media by fans who said she had “sour grapes.” Lewis came to the media center and went online and did address many of her critics with direct responses via Twitter.  Something you don’t normally see a No.1 player in the world do.

The 10 match recap is as follows.

1. Pernilla Lindberg SWE 6 & 5 over Ariya Jutanugarn THA

2. Carlota Ciganda ESP   8 & 6 over N.Y. Choi KOR

3. Inbee Park KOR 4 & 2 over Caroline Hedwell SWE

4. Pornanong Phatlum THA 1 UP over I.K. Kim  KOR

5. Beatriz Recari ESP 3 & 2 over Mikaela Parmlid SWE

6. Belen Mozo ESP 3 & 2 over Moriya Jutanugarm THA

7. So Yeon Ryu KOR 1 UP over Sakura Yokomine JAP

8. Anna Nordqvist SWE 3 & 2 over Mamiko Higa JAP

9. Mika Miyazato JAP 3 & 1 over Onnarin Sattayabanphot THA

10. Azahara Munoz ESP 2 & 1 over Ai Miyazato JAP

Scores Spain 15, Sweden 11, Korea and Japan 10, Thailand 9, USA 6, Chinese Taipei 4, Australia 3.

Part of press conference with team Spain.

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Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both Chicagoland Golf and the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine. Rory has played over 460 courses in 37 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.