Date: October 22, 2010

World Amateur: Australians 21st after Round 2

The Australian team of Julia Boland, Stacey Keating and Alison Whitaker are tied in 21st place after the second round of the World Amateur Team Championships for the Espirito Santo Trophy in Argentina. The team posted a combined second round score of 2-over par at Olivos Golf Club. Julia Boland and Alison Whitaker both finished with rounds of 1-over-par 73. Stacey Keating eagled the par 5 18th hole to finish at 2-over-par. Australia is now at 5-over par in a tie with England, Norway, Austria, Colombia, Italy and the Czech Republic. Korea fired a record-setting 16-under-par 128 to surge into the lead by one stroke over first-round leader USA. At Buenos Aires Golf Club, the Koreans shattered the record for a single-round set by the USA in the second round in 1998. Jee-Hi Kim, 16, posted a 9-under-par 63 while team mate Jung-Eun Han, 17, added a 7-under 65. Korea, tied for 13th place after the first round at 1 over par, set the championship mark for 36 holes at 273. The Australians return to Buenos Aires Golf Club in the third round, paired with Puerto Rico and the Netherlands, which begins on Friday night (AEDST). Each team has two or three players and plays 18 holes of stroke play for four days. In each round, the total of the two lowest scores from each team constitutes the team score for the round. The four-day (72-hole) total is the team s score for the championship. A total of 53 teams have entered the women’s section of the World Amateur Team Championship, topping the record of 48 set in Puerto Rico in 2004 and matched in Australia in 2008. Organised by the International Golf Federation, teams of men and women come from all over the world to compete for the Eisenhower Trophy (men) and Espirito Santo Trophy (women) within three different zones: Asia Pacific, America and Europe & Africa. Players must be amateur golfers and follow the rules of The R&A or United States Golf Association.