Date: October 30, 2006

Australia finishes strongly in South Africa

Australia&aposs men&aposs team put up a spirited performance in the final round of the World Amateur Team Championship in South Africa overnight. The three-member team recorded its best two round total in the tournament to finish in 12 place at seven under par. The Netherlands won the Eisenhower Cup Trophy on 22 under to edge out Canada by two shots. It was a stunning result for the Dutch who stormed home with five birdies on the last six holes to clinch the country s maiden world amateur title. Stephen Dartnell elevated Australia s final standing with a blistering four under par 68 on the De Zalze course near Cape Town. Dartnell put together a string of birdies on the resort style layout to finish two over for the tournament. Won Joon Lee added his round to day four with a one over 73. Lee struggled with the greens and was unlucky not to have made more putts. The New South Welshman finished the best-placed Australian in the individual results to share 34 position with Canada s James Love. Andrew Tampion had a two over 74 on day four. The Victorian failed to recover from the disappointment of the second and third rounds where he finished poorly on the last two holes on both days. Tampion shared 39 place in the individual results after a strong second round three under 69. Australia went into this year s Eisenhower Cup confident of making an impression. And team manager Matt Cutler and team captain Roger Hunt believe the overall result was positive given the circumstances. The guys played well but the breaks just didn t go our way, Cutler said. Stephen s final round was a fantastic effort and it clearly demonstrated the skill and talent within the Australian team. The guys actually had a lot of birdies during the week. A bit more luck and anything could have happened. Cutler said the disappointing finish on day two and three did have an impact. It was always going to be difficult to come back after the third round. I think we were unlucky on those two days. If the bogies on the last two holes were pars or birdies then we could have been right up there going into day four. We certainly would have given the other teams something to think about. The Australian men’s team will fly home tomorrow with the women’s team who finished 14 in the Espirito Santo Trophy which was played on the same two courses a week earlier. Final Results – World Amateur Teams Championship South Africa 554 Netherlands 141 140 136 137 556 Canada 139 139 141 137 557 USA 143 136 140 138 559 Wales 144 143 132 140 561 Korea 146 137 138 140 563 Scotland 144 142 137140 Argentina 148 142 134 139 England 136 564 Ireland 146 138 140 140 France 142 142 141 139 Other 596 Australia 147 141 140 141