Canada Opens in Top Ten at Men’s World Amateur

Mackenzie Hughes hoisted his 2nd Canadian Amateur Trophy in 2012 (File Photo: Scott MacLeod)
Mackenzie Hughes shot 66 to lead the Canadian Team at the 2012 Men’s World Amateur Team Championship (File Photo: Scott MacLeod)

Men’s Team Canada is off to a fast start at the 2012 World Amateur Team Championship in Turkey.

After a recent 7th place finish by the Women’s National Team at their World Championship, the trio of MacKenzie Hughes, Albin Choi and Corey Conners are looking to make a similar impact.

They got off to a good start on Thursday at the Antalya Golf Club’s PGA Sultan Course in Antalya, Turkey with 2-time defending Canadian Amateur Champion Hughes leading the way.  Hughes, Choi of Toronto and Conners of Listowel combined to card an opening-round 6-under-par 136  to sit tied for seventh after 18 holes of play.

Hughes, a member of Team Canada’s National Squad, led Canada in scoring after carding an opening-round 5-under par 66 that featured four birdies and an eagle. A product of Kent State University and the reigning two-time Canadian Men’s Amateur champion, Hughes is tied for third on the individual leaderboard, three shots back of American Chris Williams, the top-ranked player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR), who shot 8-under par 64 on the Faldo Course to lead the field. Team Mexico’s Sebastian Vazquez is second at 6-under par 66.

Conners, a former member of Team Canada’s National Squad and a junior at Kent State University, shot 1-under par 70 to sit T36, while Choi, a member of Team Canada’s National Squad and a junior at North Carolina State University, shot even-par 71 to sit T49.

“It was a decent start for the guys today. Mackenzie played very well, and Corey and Albin played solid but didn’t get much out of their rounds,” said Team Canada Men’s Squad Head Coach Derek Ingram. “A low round was out there for the team, but we just couldn’t convert several opportunities. Still, everyone is playing well, and we’re excited for a good day tomorrow.”

Paired alongside Team Iceland and Team Norway, Team Canada’s second round gets underway on Cornelia Golf Club’s Faldo Course at 1:00 a.m. EST on Friday.

In 26 appearances at the World Amateur Team Championship, Canada has captured the Eisenhower Trophy on one occasion (1986), earned runner-up honours four times and posted twenty-three top-10 finishes.

The World Amateur Team title is determined by four days of stroke play. In each round, the total of the two lowest scores constitutes the team score for the round. The four-day total is the team’s score for the championship.