Malta at world am­a­teur team cham­pi­onships

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Andy Borg, Chris­tian Brown, JJ Mi­callef and Nick Borg (team cap­tain) are tak­ing part in the World am­a­teur team cham­pi­onships - Eisen­hower Tro­phy that is be­ing held at the Riviera Maya on the east coast of Mex­ico.

Con­ducted by the In­ter­na­tional Golf Fed­er­a­tion, which com­prises the 147 na­tional gov­ern­ing bod­ies in 141 coun­tries, the World Am­a­teur Team Cham­pi­onships are a bi­en­nial in­ter­na­tional am­a­teur golf com­pe­ti­tion that ro­tates among three ge­o­graphic zones of the world: Asia/Pa­cific, Amer­i­cas and Europe/Africa.

This year’s event is be­ing con­ducted by the In­ter­na­tional Golf Fed­er­a­tion and hosted by the Mex­i­can Golf Fed­er­a­tion, at Mayakoba El Ca­ma­leon and Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Clubs. The event comes to an end to­day.

This is Malta’s third show­ing in this pres­ti­gious event con­sid­ered as the “Olympics” for am­a­teur golf. Malta par­tic­i­pated for the first time four years ago in Turkey when Team Malta placed 65th out of the 72 teams fol­lowed by a 50th plac­ing out of 67 teams in the same event held two years later in Ja­pan. This year’s event sees 71 en­tries and af­ter the first round Team Malta is plac­ing 67th with an ag­gre­gate of +21 with Scot­land lead­ing the tour­na­ment on -10.

The com­pe­ti­tion is a team event where each team has two or three play­ers, who each play 18 holes of stroke play over each of the four days. In each round, the to­tal of the two low­est scores from each team will con­sti­tute the team score for the round. The four-day (72-hole) to­tal will be the team’s score for the cham­pi­onship.

36 holes of the tour­na­ment will be played on the par 71 El Ca­ma­leon Course set up at 6988 yards whilst the other 36 holes will be played on the par 72 Playa Paraiso Course set up at 6771 yards.

The Malta team’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in this year’s event has been sup­ported by NIKE Golf who have show­ered the play­ers with an ar­ray of golf re­lated cloth­ing. NIKE Golf is rep­re­sented in Malta by Time In­ter­na­tional Sport Ltd and is be­ing sold ex­clu­sively from the GOSPORT mega store in Qormi.

The Malta team

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