Canada finishes 6th at World Amateur Team Championship
Canada finished tied for sixth at the World Amateur Team Championship in Turkey on Sunday.
The trio of Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont., Albin Choi of Toronto and Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont. combined to card a final-round 1-over par 143 to finish alongside Norway at the biennial stroke-play event which had been shortened to 54 holes due to weather.
It was their best showing at the event since 2006.
Forced to complete the third and final round on Sunday morning at the par-71 Antalya Golf Club’s PGA Sultan Course after play was suspended because of darkness on Saturday night, the Canadians posted a tournament-tally of 11-under par 417 to finish the competition 13 strokes back of champions Team USA.
The United States, which set 18, 36 and 54-hole scoring records for the championship, claiming the Eisenhower Trophy for the 14th time in tournament history and the first since 2004.
With four birdies on the back-nine, including three consecutive birdies on Nos. 14-16, Conners posted a final-round 1-under par 70, while Choi and Hughes shot 2-over par 73 and 4-over par 75 respectively to close out the championship.
Hughes, a member of Team Canada’s National Squad, topped the Canadian contingent on the individual leaderboard, finishing tied for 19th with a 54-hole total of 4-under par 210, 11 strokes back of Team Mexico’s Sebastian Vazquez, the two-time reigning Mexican Amateur champion. Vazquez bested the field individually with a score of 15-under par 199, one stroke better than Williams, the top-ranked player in the world.
Choi and Conners both finished tied for 33rd at 1-under par.
“Mackenzie, Albin and Corey represented Canada and themselves in a first-class manner, and will benefit and learn from this great experience and so will I,” said Team Canada Men’s Squad Head Coach Derek Ingram. “Sixth place isn’t what the guys wanted, but I am very proud of the effort and professionalism the group showed throughout the championship. The guys really wanted to win the event and they prepared hard and well. We didn’t have our best stuff in the final round, but the guys battled the entire way.”
In 27 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-four top-10 finishes.