SA look to top finish at WATC
A top ten finish in the Eisenhower Trophy, world’s premier amateur golf championship, is what the South African Golf Association (SAGA) are looking to achieve in the men’s competition of the 2010 World Amateur Team Championships (WATC).
The biennial championship is being played over the Buenos Aires Golf Club (par 72) and Olivos Golf Club (par 71) approximately forty five kilometres from the capital city of Argentina.
The 72 hole stroke play championship, in which the best two scores each round from a team of three players representing their country count, commences on Thursday 28 October and is played over four days, eighteen holes per day.
“Our team is more than capable of improving on our performance in the 2008 championship which was played in Australia,” said Colin Burger, the SAGA President and travelling Team Manager. In the last held championship South Africa finished tied in eleventh position twenty one shots off the pace set by Scotland.
Representing South Africa in 2010 is Dylan Frittelli, Dean O’Riley and JG Claassen. Frittelli is the only player of the three who played in Australia, where he fared rather well. He finished tied in tenth place in the individual competition recording final aggregate of 290. He was the best performing South African.
According to the entry sheet, seventy two countries have entered the Eisenhower Trophy, the biggest entry since the 2006 event which was staged at Stellenbosch.
The World Amateur Team Championships, which incorporates the Espirito Santo Trophy, the women’s competition, which precedes the men’s, and the Eisenhower Trophy, is organised by the International Golf Federation (IGF). The IGF is administered by The R&A and the USGA together. It has more than one hundred and fifteen countries as members, being the governing body of amateur golf in each country represented.
The first round commences on Thursday 28 October with the final round being played on Sunday 31 October.