2014 World Amateur Team Championships

2014 World Am Championships Recap

Karuizawa, Japan - Thanks to an excellent performance by our top amateur golfers, Puerto Rico's participation at this year's World Amateur Team Championships will go down as the best overall finish for the two teams who represented the PRGA at this year "Olympics of Golf" conducted by the International Golf Federation and hosted by the Japan Golf Association.

Led by PRGA's president, Sidney Wolf and with the support, leadership andn coaching provided by Laura Diaz and Wilfredo Morales as the Team Captains for each team, all six players were definitively excellent ambassadors on and off the course.

 

 

Men's World Amateur TeamChampionships (Sept. 10-13, 2014)

The 3-player squad who participated at the 29th Men's World Amateur Team Championships finished with a team total score of 561 strokes just behind host country Japan (560) and tied with Venezuela for 31st place at the final Championship Leaderbord .

Led by Jeronimo Esteve (-5) who totaled 281 strokes and Robert Calvesbert (-4) who finished with 282 strokes, Team Puerto Rico registered the third best start in the history of the Championships by finishing tied for 8th place on Rd. 1.

Third player Edward Figueroa (+5) reported a steady play in the low 70's.  The 72-hole competition scheduled over 4-days selected the best two scores per team daily to rank the countries who were playing on the field for the Eisenhower Trophy won by the USA team.

Esteve who shot an first round score of 67 strokes, finished tied for 60th place at the Individual Leaderboard while Calvesbert earned a 68th place among the 200 players on the field. Figueroa finished T113 with three other players in the world.  

Team Captain Wilfredo Morales, was extremely satisfied and happy with the performance of the team he once was a part of and truly enjoyed from the experience offered by the visit to Japan,

At -11, Puerto Rico finished as the fifth best country in the world in the Latin America region, behind Argentina, Mexico, Chile and Colombia.  A host of the World Amateur Team Championships in 2004, PUR is not only remembered as one of the best venues of the WATC, but it also holds an interesting number of opportunities were the men's teams participating have being able to compare to the best players on the world (1998 - 2008), and still has been able to place among the world's best countries in the 2014 edition.

Final Team Leaderboard - Eisenhower Trophy

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Women's World Amateur Team Championships (Sept. 3-6, 2014)

Led by an excellent performance on behalf of Maria Torres (291), a University of Florida Gators Women Golf Team member, PUR repeated for third championships in a row a team final score of 583 strokes which resulted in a tie for 25th place with Colombia and Wales. 

The three women team representing Puerto Rico and the PRGA at this year's WATC enjoyed from a solid start by finishing tied for 26th place after Rd.1 and thanks to solid scores by UCF's Knight Women Golf Team Paola Robles (297) and Torres.

Based on the experience of these two college players and former members of the Junior Golf Program, the team somehow manage to remain at even par through the rest of the rounds at the biennial competition, where Australia won the Espirito Santo trophy

Fifteen year-old Valeria Pacheco, third player on the team and a rookie at the World Amateur competition shot a total of 310 strokes through the 4-day competition where the puertorrican girls were captained by Laura Diaz.

Final Team Leaderboard - Espirito Santo Trophy

 

2014 Men's WATC

Karuizawa, Japan - Puerto Rico began its participation at the 29th Men's World Amateur Team Championships with a very solid team score and position at the Official Leaderbord by accumulating a total of 137 strokes (-7) and placing tied for 8th place and among the Top10 countries of the world, including Canada, Argentina and US.

Based on the first round scores of 67 and 70 stokes respectively by Jeronimo Esteve (-5) and Edward Figueroa (-2), Puerto Rico registered the third best start in the history of the Championships, conducted by the International Golf Federation (GF) and hosted by the Japan Golf Association (JPA).  Third player for PUR Robert Calvesbert finished at even par (72), yet his score was not counted towards the team score as the 72-hole competition scheduled over 4-days selects the best two scores per team daily to rank the countries participating on the field for the Eisenhower Trophy.

"Our team enjoyed from a very solid round at the Irayama Golf Course today, as all three players were very committed and focused during their inaugural round at the WATC.  Is one of the best start we've ever had, but I'm sure that there is more to come from these great players representing PUR", commented Sidney Wolf, president of the PRGA who is in attendance at the IGF event along with Team Captain & Coach, Wilfredo Morales.

"Jero's round brought me today a lot of memories from our participation at the WATC back in 1998 in Chile and specially with regards to my participation with the team that year as I shot the same score to open my second participation in a World Amateur event, as we now share an identical score at the WATC. Robi and Edward are playing extremely well and showcased a total confidence on their game which can only be in favor of PUR", - added Morales, evidently excited about the performance of the team he has the responsibility to be a captain of.

A host of the World Amateur Team Championships in 2004, PUR is not only remembered as one of the best venues of the WATC, but it also holds an interesting number of opportunities were the men's teams participating have being able to compare to the best players on the world (1998 - 2008), yet it looks for an opportunity to finish among the world's best countries in the 2014 edition.

Due to the time zone difference, the team is expected to begin Rd.2 tonight (PR time around 7:00 PM).  You can follow the action using the LIVE STREAM provided the Japan Golf Association and available at the Championships Official Site: www.worldamateur2014.org

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2014 Women's WATC

Women's World Amateur Team Championships (Sept. 3-6, 2014)

PUR Women Team with solid start at the World Amateur Championship
Karuizawa, Japan - (Sept.3, 2014)  Led by scores of 73 and 74 strokes from Paola Robles (UCF Knights) & Maria Torres (UF Gators) respectively, the three women team representing Puerto Rico and the PRGA at this year's WATC enjoyed from a solid start by finishing tied for 26th place after Rd.1 at the biennial competition conducted by the International Golf Federation (IGF) and hosted by the Japan Golf Association at Karuizawa 72 Golf East Club. 

Fifteen year-old Valeria Pacheco, who is the third player on the team shot a 6-over 78 in her first WATC event of a very promising future she has ahead of her golfing career characterized by a shy smile but powerful swing. Based on the best two scores, PUR totals 147 strokes (3-over par) while Canada leads the field at -9.

Captained by Laura Diaz - a well-known amateur player from Puerto Rico with a very successful junior and college golf career, the ladies team has high hopes of improving their previous performances at this very important stage of amateur golf at both, the team and individual levels.

"We are happy and very pleased with the performance of our players on the first round, and they have bonded very well as a team despite the age differences between two college players and Valeria who is a very talented junior", commented Sidney Wolf, just before the second round tee-off.

"Laura has become a good leader for the team, while Maria has been able to share her previous experience with Paola and Valeria, as both are "rookies" in the WATC arena.  Overall they have bonded very well", -he added.

Due to the time zone difference, the team is expected to begin Rd.2 tonight (PR time around 8:55PM).  You can follow the action using the LIVE STREAM provided the Japan Golf Association and available at the Championships Official Site: www.worldamateur2014.org

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2012 World Amateur Team Championship
EISENHOWER TROPHY - OCTOBER 4-7

Antalya Golf Club (PGA Sultan Course) and Cornelia Golf Club (Faldo Course)

RECORD NUMBER OF TEAMS
A record 72 teams are competing in the 28th World Amateur Team Championship,
surpassing the previous record of 70 in South Africa in 2006.

FIRST-TIME PARTICIPANTS
Six countries are making their first appearances in the World Amateur Team Championship:
the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kyrgystan, Malta, Oman, Poland and Ukraine.

DEFENDING CHAMPION
France is vying to become the first team to win back-to-back WATC titles since
the USA won three consecutive titlesin 2000, 2002 and 2004..

HOST NATION
Turkey is playing in its sixth World Amateur Team Championship.
Its best finish was 43rd in 2004 in Puerto Rico.
Hamza Sayin, 26, is playing in his fifth World Amateur Team Championship.


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Men's WATC / Preview - News Release

Puerto Rican men set to tee off at WATC
By Alberto C. Medina - PRGA Staff Writer

(October 3, 2012) - The ladies already made the 2012 World Amateur Championships a success for Puerto Rico by placing 20th matching the Island’s best ever finish. Now it will be up to the Puerto Rican men to match or improve on the women’s performance as the men’s competition kicks off on Thursday in Antalya, Turkey.

Robert Calvesbert, Jerónimo Esteve and Erick Morales will begin play tomorrow as 72 countries fight for the title of the best amateur golf team in the world. For Morales and Calvesbert it will be their second WATC experience; Morales played in 2004 when Puerto Rico hosted the event, and Calvesbert was part of the 2010 team that finished tied for 32nd. For Esteve, it will be his first experience on the world stage, and he recently shared how excited he was to get the chance to compete against the very best.

“Honestly, I can’t even describe how proud I feel,” said Esteve. “I never thought that this would happen; it’s above and beyond anything I could have dreamed.”

The Puerto Rican players will have their work cut out for them against a strong field that includes a record number of participants. Among the 72 nations, 12 Latin American countries are competing at the event. The United States team, which won three consecutive titles from 2000 to 2004, includes two of the top-three players on the World Amateur Golf Rankings. And defending champion France leads a strong contingent of European teams who will surely be in the hunt for the Eisenhower Trophy.

Morales, Esteve and Calvesbert will start things off at the Faldo Course beginning at 11:30 a.m. (4:30 a.m. local time). Puerto Rico will be paired with Australia and Switzerland for the first round. Then, on Friday, the ‘boricuas’ will take their shot at the Sultan course starting at 8:30 a.m. (1:30 a.m. local time), paired with Belgium and Scotland.

Follow the daily updates on our website to cheer on the Puerto Rican men as they try to make history in Turkey.

Men's WATC / Round 1 - News Release

Puerto Rican men off to solid start at WATC
By Alberto C. Medina / PRGA Staff Writter

(October 4, 2012)
- Puerto Rico got off to a good start at the Men’s World Amateur Championship, ending up in 25th place after the first round of play in Antalya, Turkey.

Erick Morales led the squad with a round of -1, and Jerónimo Esteve shot +3 on the Faldo Course, to give Puerto Rico an aggregate score of +2; Robert Calvesbert, the third member of the team, shot +6. This first round puts the Puerto Rican squad in a good position to improve over the next three days and perhaps match or improve on the performance by the ladies, who finished 20th in the Women’s Championship a week earlier.

“I hit the ball well and I feel good about my game,” said Morales. I had four birdies and an eagle, and three bogeys and a double. The bogeys weren’t due to big mistakes, but the course demands a lot of precision because the slightest mistake will lead to a bogey or worse. I feel great about tomorrow (Friday) and ready to improve on today’s round,” he added.

Esteve, who reported that a rules official hurried him at one point and caused him to lose some of his focus, agreed with Morales about the course – and about feeling confident for the coming rounds.

“It’s a course that demands a lot of precision on every shot. I’m ready for tomorrow; I was able to fix some things in my swing after the round that should help me tomorrow,” said Esteve.

Calvesbert, for his part, fell prey to the tough nature of the course, with a triple-bogey and two double-bogeys against just one birdie on the day. Still, he felt that his overall play was good. “Aside from those three holes, I had a good day from the tee to the greens. I’m positive that those putts will drop tomorrow and, if I avoid those big numbers, I should have a solid round,” he said.

The United States, which won the event three-straight times from 2000-2004 and features two of the top-three ranked amateur golfers in the world, had a spectacular day to finish at -13 and take control of the leaderboard. México is second at -9, and the Republic of Korea, which won the ladies’ championship, is third at -8.

Play continues tomorrow as Morales, Esteve and Calvesbert take on the Sultan course starting at 8:30 a.m. (1:30 a.m. local time) as they look to improve on Puerto Rico’s 32nd place finish in the 2010 Championship.

Men's WATC / Round 2 - News Release



 

Puerto Rico currently 40th at WATC
By Alberto C. Medina - PRGA Staff Writter
(Saturday, October 5th, 2012) Puerto Rico is tied for 40th place after two rounds at what will be a shortened Men’s World Amateur Team Championship in Antalya, Turkey.

Weather conditions forced delays and an eventual stoppage of play on Friday, and the second round didn’t finish until Saturday afternoon. Puerto Rico managed an aggregate score of +5 in that second round, as it was once again Jerónimo Esteve’s (+2) and Erick Morales’ (+3) scores that counted for the Island’s squad. Robert Calvesbert shot +8.

That second-round score dropped Puerto Rico from 25th to 40th place in what has been a highly competitive tournament with good scores all around despite the tough conditions. The United States (-24) seems to be running away with the event after a second-round -7, and a -4 midway through the suspended third round, widened the U.S. team’s lead to eight strokes. Defending champion France is in second place at -18, also midway through the third round, as is México, which is in third place at -15.

For Puerto Rico, the third round will begin early Sunday at Cornelia Golf Club. The tournament will conclude after 54 holes.

Men's WATC / Round 3 - News Release

39th place finish for Puerto Rico at Men’s WATC
By Alberto C. Medina - PRGA Staff Writter

(October 7, 2012)The Puerto Rican Men’s National Team shot a very solid +1 in the third and final round of this year’s World Amateur Team Championship in Antalya, Turkey, where the squad finished in 39th place with a total of +8.

Robert Calvesbert, who had the worst score on the team in the first two rounds, bounced back in a big way to lead Puerto Rico on Saturday with a round of even par that featured six birdies and would’ve been even better if he had not triple-bogeyed the 18th on the Faldo Course. Jerónimo Esteve also had an excellent showing on the day with a score of +1, while Erick Morales shot +4.

Weather delays forced the tournament to end after 54 holes. Still, there were some excellent all-around performances and 23 countries finished below par. The United States dominated the event from day one and set a scoring record by finishing at -24, five strokes better than México, which finishes second. The Republic of Korea, Germany, and France shard third place with scores of -15.

Individually, Mexican Sesbastián Vázquez finished atop the leaderboard at -15. Esteve and Morales tied for 81st place with individual totals of +6, while Calvesbert finished at +14. A record total of 72 nations and 215 players competed in the Championship.

The Puerto Rico Golf Association congratulates our players for another solid performance on the world stage, and we look forward to improving on these results at the 2014 Championships in Japan.

Men's WATC / Round 4 - News Release

39th place finish for Puerto Rico at Men’s WATC
By Alberto C. Medina - PRGA Staff Writter

(October 7, 2012)The Puerto Rican Men’s National Team shot a very solid +1 in the third and final round of this year’s World Amateur Team Championship in Antalya, Turkey, where the squad finished in 39th place with a total of +8.

Robert Calvesbert, who had the worst score on the team in the first two rounds, bounced back in a big way to lead Puerto Rico on Saturday with a round of even par that featured six birdies and would’ve been even better if he had not triple-bogeyed the 18th on the Faldo Course. Jerónimo Esteve also had an excellent showing on the day with a score of +1, while Erick Morales shot +4.

Weather delays forced the tournament to end after 54 holes. Still, there were some excellent all-around performances and 23 countries finished below par. The United States dominated the event from day one and set a scoring record by finishing at -24, five strokes better than México, which finishes second. The Republic of Korea, Germany, and France shard third place with scores of -15.

Individually, Mexican Sesbastián Vázquez finished atop the leaderboard at -15. Esteve and Morales tied for 81st place with individual totals of +6, while Calvesbert finished at +14. A record total of 72 nations and 215 players competed in the Championship.

The Puerto Rico Golf Association congratulates our players for another solid performance on the world stage, and we look forward to improving on these results at the 2014 Championships in Japan.

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2012 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship
ESPIRITO SANTO TROPHY - SEPTEMBER 27-30


RECORD NUMBER OF TEAMS

A record 53 teams are competing in the 25th Women’s World Amateur Team Championship, surpassing the previous record of 52 teams in Argentina in 2010.

FIRST-TIME PARTICIPANTS

Seven countries are making their first appearances in the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship in Turkey. Bosnia and Herzegovina, Estonia, India, Poland, Serbia, Tunisia and Ukraine.

DEFENDING CHAMPION

Korea is vying to become the first team to win back-to-back WWATC titles since the USA won in 1988 and 1990.

HOST NATION

Turkey is playing in its fourth Women’s World Amateur Team Championship. Its best finish was 41st in 2004 in Puerto Rico.

ABOUT PUERTO RICO

This is the only team to have the same trio as at the 2010 championship –Patricia Garcia, Kyle Roig and Maria Torres. They finished T30. Garcia and Roig, both 19, are playing in their fourth WWATC. Roig’s most memorable moment is winning the 2010 Harder Hall Invitational in the USA in a playoff over current LGPA Tour player Lexi Thompson.

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PUR Women Team ready for 2012 WATC

Local teams looking forward to World Championships in Turkey
by Alberto C. Medina -  PRGA Staff Writter

(Tuesday, September 25th, 2012) - The best amateur golfers in the world will converge in Antalya, Turkey, this week for the start of the 2012 World Amateur Team Championships (WATC), the largest and most prestigious event held by the International Golf Federation.

A record 72 male and 56 female squads from all around the globe will face off for the chance to call their nation the best in the world. Puerto Rico, which hosted the event in 2004 and has been posting steadily improved results in the years since, will once again send strong, talented teams to represent the Island and try to bring home the Eisenhower (men) and Espirito Santo (women) trophies.

Up first will be the ladies competition, which starts up on Thursday the 27th. Puerto Rico will repeat its 2010 WATC team consisting of Kyle Roig, María Torres and Patricia García. That squad achieved the Island’s highest ever finish (20th) two years ago in Buenos Aires, and they’ll be looking to improve and set a new record this time around.

“I think we have a really strong team,” said García. “We’ve learned a lot since two years ago and I think we have some more experience and a lot of good golf in us.”

The Puerto Rican ladies are a young but very talented squad. García is a standout at Texas A&M, while Roig plays at perennial powerhouse UCLA. Torres, a high school senior, will join them on the NCAA circuit next year when she begins attending the University of Florida, and this year alone has compiled an impressive list of tournaments and achievements including: top individual honors at the junior and adult Caribbean Amateur Championships, playing in the U.S. Girls’ Amateur Championship, a win at the AJGA’s TaylorMade-Adidas Golf Junior event and a top-20 finish at the Duke of York Young Champions Trophy in Scotland.

García knows it will take an outstanding effort from all three of them to place well this weekend. “The level (of competition) is so high right now. I’ve been mentally preparing for the fact that we’re going to be facing the best of the best in Turkey,” said García, who noted that she’s been practicing over four hours daily.

A week after the ladies it will be time for the men to tee it up, and the Puerto Rican team is ready to go. The squad features Erick Morales and Robert Calvesbert, both of whom have previous WATC experience, and one ‘rookie’ who couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity.

“Honestly, I can’t even describe how proud I feel,” said Jerónimo Esteve, the third member of the Puerto Rican team. “I never thought that this would happen; it’s above and beyond anything I could have dreamed of and, to be able to compete against the best players in the world… I can’t even describe it.”

Esteve, who actually played professionally after college nearly a decade ago, has recently found a successful second golf career as an amateur. Earlier this year, he joined Morales and Calvesbert on the Hoerman Cup team that placed third at the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships, and delivered one of the top performances by a Puerto Rican player.

“That gave me a lot of confidence,” said Esteve about his play in St. Kitts. Like García, Esteve also said that he has been preparing almost non-stop since he was named to the team, and he believes that the Puerto Rican men will put in a strong performance in Turkey.

“Obviously, Robi is a great player, and so is Erick. We have a great camaraderie between us, we get along well, and both of them are incredibly talented,” said Esteve of Calvesbert and Morales, who have, for years now, been mainstays on various Puerto Rican national teams.

The 2012 World Amateur Team Championships will use a 72-hole stroke play format, with the best two individual scores from each team counting toward that country’s aggregate score for the day. Follow all the action in Turkey through our updates at www.prga.org.

Women's WATC Round 1 - News Release

Puerto Rico on 34th after first round at WATC
by Alberto C. Medina - PRGA Staff Writter


(September 27, 2012)
- The Puerto Rican National team had a solid start but left room for improvement after the first round of the 2012 Women's World Amateur Team Championship being held in Antalya, Turkey.

 
María Torres shot +2, while Kyle Roig and Patricia García shot +7, each, for an aggregate score of +9. That puts Puerto Rico in 34th place out of the 53 nations competing for the Espirito Santo Trophy, above countires like Brasil, host nation Turkey, and South Africa; and 4th out of the eight Latin American nations represented at the event.
 
Sweden a two-time WATC champion, is the current leader at -3 due to a fantastic performance from Daniela Holmqvist, who posted that same score. In second place at -2, Latvia has been the early surprise of the tournament, while Spain, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, and the Czech Republic share third place at -1.
 
Torres was the standout player for Puerto Rico in the first round, and she is currently 41st on the individual leaderboard. She was the only golfer on the team to score more than one birdie and avoid any double-bogeys on the Old Course at Gloria Golf Club.
 
Tomorrow, action for the Puerto Rican ladies will shift to the New Course. Torres, Roig and García will be first off the tee starting at 7:30 a.m. (12:30 a.m. local time), paired with Wales and Malaysia, who are currently in 22nd and 35th place, respectively.

Women's WATC Round 2 - News Release

Puerto Rico climbs up the leaderboard with better scores during Rd. 2
By Alberto C. Medina - PRGA Staff Writter


September 28, 2012 – Puerto Rico enjoyed an excellent second round Friday at the Women’s World Amateur Team Championships, climbing several spots on the leaderboard and getting into a good position to fight for a top-20 finish this weekend in Antalya, Turkey.

The Puerto Rican team followed up its first-round of +9 with a very welcome +1 on the second day of play, this time on the seemingly more favorable New Course at Gloria Golf Club. María Torres led the way once again with an impressive round of -1 that included two birdies and an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole, while Kyle Roig added her solid +2 to the aggregate score. Patricia García, the team’s third member, shot +3.

Now at +10, Puerto Rico improved from 34th to 27th place in one day and is currently second-best out of the eight Latin American teams competing in the event, behind only México and ahead of countries like Colombia, Brazil, and Argentina. Puerto Rico is also currently ahead of countries like Russia, the host nation, Turkey, and South Africa.

On the individual leaderboard, Torres, currently at +1, is tied for 29th place among the over 150 ladies representing their countries at the event.

South Korea, the defending champion, surged into the lead on Friday with a score of -8, and is currently dominating the competition with that same total score. Three countries are tied for second at -3: Germany, Canada, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.

Play continues early Saturday for María, Kyle, and Patricia, who will once again be first off the tee back at the Old Course, starting at 7:30 a.m. (12:30 a.m. local time).

The Women's Championship wraps up on Sunday for the Women’s Championship before the men take center stage later that week.

Women's WATC / Round 3 - News Release



 

Puerto Rico vaults into top-20 at Women’s WATC
by Alberto C. Medina - PRGA Staff Writter


(September 29, 2012) – María Torres, Patricia García and Kyle Roig had the second-best round in the world on Saturday, combining for a score of -4 that catapulted Puerto Rico into a tie for 17th place with one round to go at the Women’s World Amateur Golf Championship.

After Torres led the way in the first two days of the tournament, it was García and Roig whose scores of -2 each counted on Saturday, as Puerto Rico’s -4 was second only to the United States (-7) in the third round and helped the Island’s team improve 10 spots on the leaderboard, from 27th after two rounds. Both ladies enjoyed great rounds on the Old Course at Gloria Golf Club; García had four birdies on the front nine, and Roig avoided all bogeys until she doubled the 16th.

Torres, it bears mentioning, wasn’t far behind: she shot -1 on the day and is now at even par for the tournament, which also places her tied for 17th out of over 150 golfers on the individual leaderboard.

Puerto Rico’s best finish ever at the Women’s WATC is 20th, achieved by this same team two years ago in Buenos Aires, so the ladies are poised to make history once again if they can manage to maintain or improve on their position on championship Sunday.

South Korea still leads the field at -11, and looks poised to capture its second consecutive title. New Zealand moved into sole possession of second place (-6) behind the strong play of top-ranked amateur in the world Lydia Ko, who leads all individual players with a score of -10.

The Puerto Rican team will finish up play on the New Course beginning at 9:10 a.m. (2:10 a.m. local time). María, Patricia and Kyle will be paired with México and Denmark, the two nations immediately above and below Puerto Rico in the standings.

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Women's WATC / Round 4 - News Release

PUR finishes among the Top 20 Best Women Teams in the World
By Alberto C. Medina - PRGA Staff Writer


(September 30, 2012) – Puerto Rico has matched its best result ever at the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship, finishing in 20th place at the 2012 event held in Antalya, Turkey.

María Torres, Kyle Roig and Patricia García, the same squad that finished 20th two years ago in Buenos Aires, wrapped up play on championship Sunday by shooting +1 on aggregate, which gave the team a total score of +7 for the tournament.

That 20th position is a slight drop from the 17th place Puerto Rico enjoyed after three rounds, but a dramatic improvement over the 34th position that the team held after the first day of play.

Puerto Rico was this close to a better finish; after four birdies on the front nine, Roig was -2 going into the final hole of the tournament. But she double-bogeyed to end up at even par, costing Puerto Rico the chance to finish at +5 and tied for 18th place with México.

Puerto Rico finished above all but México of the eight Latin American nations competing in the event, as well as above countries with proud golfing traditions like Wales and Scotland, sports superpowers like Russia and China, and the host nation, Turkey.

The Republic of Korea, which led since the second round of the tournament, won its second consecutive championship with a total score of -13. Korea held off a late charge from Germany (-10), which finished second after a fantastic final round of -7. Finland and Australia shared third place at -9.

On an individual level, Torres staked her place among the 30 best female amateur golfers in the world by finishing at +1 for the tournament, good for 26th place among the 157 golfers who saw action in Turkey. Roig was also among the top 50 individual players, as her total score of +7 earned her 48th place. Lydia Ko of New Zealand, the highest-ranked female amateur golfer in the world, won the individual title with a score of -14.

The Puerto Rico Golf Association congratulates all three players, as well as captain Marilina Silén and coach Dean Spriddle, for proving that 2010 was no fluke and that Puerto Rico must be counted among the top-20 countries in the world when it comes to female amateur golf.

Next up, we’ll be following Robert Calvesbert, Erick Morales and Jerónimo Esteve, as the Men’s Championship kicks off this Thursday.