Williams, USA Leads At World Amateur Championship
Oct. 4, 2012
ANTALYA, Turkey - Husky senior Chris Williams shot 8-under 64 to take the first round lead and the United States shot the all-time record for lowest 18-hole team score with a 13-under-par 131 on Thursday at the 2012 World Amateur Team Championship in Antalya, Turkey.
Playing on the par-72 Cornelia Golf Club, Williams lived up to his billing as the No. 1 ranked player in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. He posted a bogey on the par-4 fourth hole before playing flawless golf after that. Over the final 14 holes he made an eagle and seven birdies -- including five over the final seven holes -- to equal the mark for the second-lowest score in tournament history.
"I hit it close and made a lot of putts," said Williams, who played on the 2011 USA Walker Cup Team. "Everything went right today. I've been playing well in practice and to be able to support the team is exciting."
Williams' score was combined with Alabama's Justin Thomas' 67 to set the new combined team record. Steven Fox, the 2012 U.S. Amateur champion from UT-Chattanooga, registered a non-counting 1-under 71.
The USA takes a four-stroke lead over Mexico into Friday's second round.
The World Amateur Team Championship is a biennial international amateur competition, begun in 1958. It is conducted by the International Golf Federation, which comprises national governing bodies of golf in 126 countries and international professional tours. The competition, which is being held for the 28th time, is rotated among three geographic zones: Asia-Pacific, Americas and Europe-Africa.
This year's event is hosted by the Turkish Golf Federation. The teams play for the Eisenhower Trophy. The IGF is the international federation for golf for the International Olympic Committee and will conduct the Olympic golf competition in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
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.