Williams Leads Team USA At Copa De Las Americas
Jan. 3, 2013
MIAMI, Fla. -- Washington senior Chris Williams shot 1-under 71 in the first round of the Copa de las Americas tournament at Miami's Doral Resort & Spa and is third among all competitors.
The Copa de las Americas, overseen by the Americas Golf Association, is a biennial team event for amateurs in North, Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean. It consists of three 72-hole, stroke-play competitions - overall, men and women. Teams consist of no more than two men and two women.
Argentina holds an overall two-stroke lead over Colombia and the United States of America following Thursday's opening round. The Argentines returned a four-person score of 5-over 293, with Colombia and the USA at 7-over 295. Mexico is fourth at 10-over 298, while Canada rounds out the top five at 12-over 300.
Williams and Middle Tennessee State's Steven Fox represent Team USA's two-man men's team and are tied for third after combining to score 2-over 146. Fox shot 3-over 75.
Williams was 3-under after 13 holes, but bogeys on No.'s 14 and 18 left him with a 71.
Colombia leads the men's side of the team portion of the competition at 3-under 141. Mexico is second at 1-over 145, followed by Argentina and the USA.
On the women's side, Silverdale, Wash.'s Erynne Lee paired with Lindy Duncan to shoot 5-over 149 and are in third among the women's teams.
This marks the first time that the Copa de las Americas will be conducted within the contiguous United States of America and hosted by the United States Golf Association. The TPC Blue Monster Course at Doral Golf Resort & Spa Miami will be set up at 7,099 yards for the men and 6,295 yards for the women. It will play to a par of 36-36--72.