Carbajo Ré Opens Play At World Team Am
Manuela Carbajo Ré is competing in the World Team Am for the third time.

Manuela Carbajo Ré is competing in the World Team Am for the third time.
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Sept. 3, 2014

KARUIZAWA, Japan --- Georgia junior Manuela Carbajo Ré fired a 2-over 74 in the opening round of the 2014 World Amateur Team Championships at the Karuizawa 72 East Golf Club on Wednesday, placing her in a tie for 50th in the elite field.

"I'm really excited about this opportunity," Carbajo Ré said last week before traveling to Japan. "It's unique in your golf life to be playing for my country and it's an accomplishment that always makes me proud. Going to Japan will be an unbelievable experience. Playing in the World Amateur is exciting and I think I'm ready for it. Hopefully, playing against the best players in the world will help me in my growth as a golfer."

"The World Team Amateur is our Olympics for amateur golf," head coach Josh Brewer said. "Manuela is getting the chance to wear her national colors and represent Argentina – and UGA – and play with two of her close friends for their home country. It's a unique experience and a great honor."

Carbajo Ré opened her round with nine consecutive pars to turn at even. She double-bogeyed No. 10 but gained a stroke back with a birdie at No. 11. Following back-to-back bogeys at No. 15 and No. 16, Carbajo Ré closed her day with a birdie at No. 18.

Canada's Brooke Henderson grabbed the first-round individual lead with a 6-under 66. That helped the Canadians to the top of the team leaderboard as well at 9-under. Argentina is tied for 18th at 1-over. Each of the 50 national teams can feature a maximum a three golfers, with the low two scores each day comprising the team score.

This year's tournament represents Carbajo Ré's third time representing Argentina in the World Team Am. She finished eighth individually in 2010 and tied for 48th in 2012.

"I feel more comfortable and confident now," Carbajo Ré said. "I know how the tournament is played and how hard it is. The first time I played, I was just happy to be a part of it. Now, I feel like I'm a part of it and the previous experiences can help me. I'm not just going there to see how it is. I want to be in the top 15, top 10 or even win."

The 72-hole event will continue through Saturday. Live scoring can be found here.
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