World Amateur Championship Halted By Weather
Oct. 5, 2012
ANTALYA, Turkey - Weather disrupted the second round of the 2012 World Amateur Team Championship (WATC) Friday and because of a six-hour morning delay, only six of the 72 teams in the field completed play.
Husky senior Chris Williams, the first round leader after an 8-under 64 on Thursday, was only able to finish three holes on Friday. He had two birdies during his brief time on the par-71 Antalya Golf Club to move his American squad to a tournament-best 15 under.
The morning wave of play did not begin until 1:30 p.m. because of dangerous weather conditions. Play was suspended again for dangerous weather at 6:20 p.m. and subsequently called for the day because of darkness.
Only 48 of 72 teams started play. Twelve teams started their second rounds in the late afternoon Friday and 24 did not start. The second round will be resumed at 8:30 on Saturday morning.
Republic of Korea and Canada, playing at the par-72 Cornelia Golf Club, moved into second place at 10-under-par. Canada had recorded scores for all three players through 15 holes and Korea had scores through 12 holes.
Five teams in the top 10 on the leaderboard from the first round on Thursday did not play Friday. The teams with their positions from the first round are: Mexico in second, Netherlands and Spain tied for fourth, and Venezuela and Zimbabwe tied for seventh.
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.