Date: October 23, 2007

Dutch prevail at 2006 WATC

Joost Luiten of the Netherlands played his last five holes in six-under par and finished with a 5-under par 67 as the Dutch captured the Eisenhower Trophy for the first time as the winners of the 2006 World Amateur Team Championship in Stellenbosch, South Africa. With Canada and the Netherlands battling for the top position, 20-year old Luiten began his run with a birdie on the par-5 14th hole at De Zalze Golf Club. He then holed a sand wedge from 93 yards on the par-4 15th for an eagle and closed with birdies on the 16th, 17th and 18th. With Luiten&aposs 67 and a 2-under-par 70 from Wil Besseling, the Netherlands won by two strokes over second-place Canada and by three over third-place USA at 22-under-par 554. Their winning total is the lowest since the two counting scores format was instituted in 2002. “His nickname is Pyromaniac and he went on fire,” said Dutch coach Chris van der Velde of Luiten, who won the German and French Amateurs in 2004 and the Dutch Stroke Play in 2006. Luiten also won the first stage of European Tour qualifying in 2006 at 22-under par. Contrastingly, Luiten&aposs five-hole streak began after he bogeyed three of his previous four holes. “It just happened,” Luiten said. “After 15, I knew I was in the zone.” For most of the final nine holes, the champions jockeyed with Canada, which shot 7-under-par 137 on a 68 from Richard Scott and a 69 from James Love. “We didn&apost lose it,” said Canada&aposs captain Doug Roxburgh. “The Netherlands won it. They made the birdies coming home.” “You can&apost question how good they are,” said Scott. “They were 22-under par. They went out and won it.” Trip Kuehne was 5-under-par on his second nine and finished his second nine at 3-under 69 to go along with a 69 from Chris Kirk to move the USA into the bronze medal slot. “The Netherlands played great,” Kuehne said. “What Joost did out there is the stuff of legends.” The previous best finish for the Netherlands was a tie for eighth place in 1992 and 1994. The host South Africans finished tied for 22nd. The rest of the top 10 included: Wales in 4th at 559, Korea in 5th at 561, England, Scotland and Argentina tied for 6th at 563, and France and Ireland tied for 9th at 564. Although there in no individual recognition, Bessling was the low scorer at 13-under-par 275.