Stellenbosch, South Africa (October 26, 2006) – Canada, with sub-par scores from Richard Scott and Andrew Parr, built a two-stroke lead on the windy first day of the 2006 World Amateur Team Championships.
On a 5-under-par 139 team score from Scott (3-under 69) and Parr (2-under 70), Canada moved into the lead over Netherlands (141) and France (142).
Scott, an All-American at the University of Georgia in the USA, and Parr, from Texas A&M University, combined for the low team total at Stellenbosch Golf Club, a parkland-type layout.
On a day that cooled considerably as the wind speed increased, Canada played in the relatively benign conditions of the morning.
Parr began with four consecutive birdies, including a 40-footer on the first hole, to gain early momentum for the team. Scott latched onto his teammate’s good play and tied for the day’s low round with Will Besseling of Netherlands.
"Whenever you know a guy on your team is playing well, you know you have support and you don’t have to force things,” Parr said.
"It’s nice to be on top of the leader board,” said James Love, who shot 1-over 73 and finished first at the fall leg of Canadian Tour qualifying in 2006. “It’s nice not to be so far back that you can’t get it back. But, we’ve got three more days and there are a lot of good teams out there.”
A total of nine teams are within five strokes of Canada in a tightly packed scoreboard. Trailing the top three teams in a five-way tie for fourth place are South Africa, Austria, Malaysia, defending champion USA and Mexico at 143. Wales and Scotland stood tied for ninth place at 144.
"It is good to finish at 1-under just as the defending champions did,” said South African captain Enver Hassen. “It is a good halve."
Mexico captain Jorge Betanzo said: “The weather was quite testing and the wind really picked up just before we started. It made it more difficult for us.”
In the World Amateur, the team’s two best individual scores count.
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