Williams Second; USA Third At Copa De Las Americas
Jan. 6, 2013
MIAMI, Fla. - Chris Williams tied for second among individuals at the Copa de las Americas Tournament and the United States ended up third as a team, two strokes behind the champion Canadian team.
Willaims shot even-par 72 in Sunday's final round and ended up shooting even-par 288 after four rounds of action. He finished one shot behind individual champion Carlos Ortiz of Mexico.
Team Canada withstood a final-day charge from Mexico and the United States to win the 2013 Copa de las Americas, conducted on the par-72 TPC Blue Monster Course at Doral Golf Resort & Spa Miami.
The Canadian Team - Albin Choi, Corey Conners, Brooke Mackenzie Henderson and Augusta James - had a four-day total of 25-over-par 1177, just enough to capture the trophy by one stroke over Mexico (1178) and two strokes over the USA (1179).
The 2013 Copa de las Americas, conducted by the Americas Golf Association and hosted by the United States Golf Association, is a 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.
Canada entered Sunday's final day of competition with a five-stroke lead over the USA and Mexico. Both pursuers surged during the final round to pull within a single stroke as the last group reached the final tee.
After finishing third in 2003, 2005 and 2007, Mexico won the men's championship for the first time.
The USA's win in the women's competition seemed in doubt after Silverdale, Washington's Erynne Lee hit her approach shot on the 18th hole in the water. But Lee got up and down to make a bogey that assured a one-stroke victory.