– Eugene Wong sits as low Canadian; shares individual lead at 4-under 67 –
Buenos Aires, Argentina (Golf Canada)-Team Canada shot an opening-round team score of 5-under par (137) to sit alone in 2nd place after day one of the 2010 Men’s World Amateur Team Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The Canadian trio of Eugene Wong of Vancouver (67), Albin Choi of Toronto (70) and Cam Burke of New Hamburg, Ont. (75) played their opening round at the par-71 Olivos Golf Club and sit in 2nd place at 5-under par, two shots back France who carded an opening-round team score of 137 (-7) at the par-72 Buenos Aires Golf Club to take the team lead into Friday’s second round.
Canada and France both shot matching team-total scores of 137 Thursday, with France playing at the par-72 Buenos Aires Club and Canada counting at the par-71 Olivos Golf Club. Each country will play a round on each of the courses during the first 36 holes of the competition.
France (-7) and Canada (-5) hold down the top two positions followed by a trio of countries – Denmark, Sweden and England – who are tied for 3rd at 3-under par. Columbia and Australia are tied for 6th at 1-under while New Zealand is 8th at even-par.
Canadian Eugene Wong holds a share of the overall individual lead after his opening-round 4-under 67. Wong is tied for the lead with Alexander Levy of France and Joachim Hansen of Denmark at 4-under par.
Romain Wattel of France is 4th at 3-under while four others – Ben Campbell of New Zealand, Tom Lewis of England, Henrik Norlander of Sweden and Minghao Wang from the People’s Republic of China are tied for 5th at 2-under.
Albin Choi is tied for 9th at 1-under par while Burke holds a share of 76th position at 4-over.
A complete list of team and individual scores from the 2010 Men’s World Amateur Team Championship can be found at www.worldamateur2010.org.
The event is being held at Olivos Golf Club and Buenos Aires Golf Club, where Team Canada is one of 70 nations competing for the coveted Eisenhower Trophy.
Canada will look to build on solid past results at the championship, which is conducted by the International Golf Federation. In 25 years of competing in the prestigious international event, Canada has notched one win (1986) and 11 top-5 finishes. In 2008, Canada finished tied for ninth.
Conducted by the International Golf Federation (formerly the World Amateur Golf Council), which comprises the national governing bodies of golf in more than 120 countries, the World Amateur Team Championships are biennial international amateur golf competitions rotated among three geographic zones of the world: Asia-Pacific, Americas and Europe-Africa.
Each team has two or three players and plays 18 holes of stroke play for four days. In each round, the total of the two lowest scores from each team constitutes the team score for the round. The four-day (72-hole) total is the team’s score for the championship.
Players must be amateur golfers under the Rules of Amateur Status of The R&A, the United States Golf Association or the Royal Canadian Golf Association, and must be citizens of the countries they represent.
The winning team receives custody of the Eisenhower Trophy for the ensuing two years. Members of the winning teams receive gold medals; members of the second-place teams receive silver medals; and members of the third-place teams receive bronze medals. The lowest individual score in each championship is recognized at the respective awards ceremony, but no prize is awarded.
More information about the 2010 World Amateur Team Golf Championship is available online at www.worldamateur2010.org.