Planet Golf — 08 October 2012 by GW staff and news services
UW senior leads Team USA to victory

ANTALYA, Turkey – Chris Williams, a senior at the University of Washington, led Team USA a record-setting score of 24-underr par 404 to win the 2012 World Amateur Team Championships on Sunday.

Williams shot 69 at the par-71 Antalya Golf Club in Sunday’s final round. He ended up 14-under after rounds of 64-67-69-200. He ended up one stroke behind Mexico’s Sebastian Vazquez.

Williams completed the first seven holes on Saturday of the weather-delayed tournament before returning to the course on Sunday. The Husky senior is the world’s No. 1 ranked amateur player in the world. He battled Vazquez all day, with each taking over the leaderboard at different times. The difference was on No. 16 where Williams counted bogey — just his fifth of 54 holes of play — to tie the individual battle. Vazquez closed out with birdie to secure medalist honors.

Despite the disappointment of not taking individual medalist honors, Williams can stake claim to the team title. It had been since 2004 that the Americans have won the team title.

“It’s fun to win as an individual,” said Williams. “But to win as a team is awesome and it doesn’t get any better than doing it as representative of the USA.”

Steven Fox, of Hendersonville, Tenn., the 2012 U.S. Amateur champion and Williams both shot 2-under 69 for the USA. Justin Thomas, of Goshen, Ky., posted a non-counting 1-under 70.

The previous low total for 54 holes was 407 by the USA in Puerto Rico in the 2004 WATC, which was also played at 54 holes because of weather.

The Americans, in winning their 24th medal in the 28 Eisenhower Trophy competitions, broke team marks for lowest 18-, 36- and 54-hole scores.

The World Amateur Team Championship is a biennial international amateur competition, begun in 1958. It is conducted by the International Golf Federation (IGF), 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 54-hole total is the team’s score for the championship.

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