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Royal Melbourne, Portmarnock medal at World Club Championship
Royal Melbourne Golf Club <br>(Golf Australia Photo)
Royal Melbourne Golf Club
(Golf Australia Photo)
AYUTTHAYA, Thailand (December 8, 2016) -- Ireland's Portmarnock Golf Club shared medalist honors at the 12th World Club Championship with the hard charging Royal Melbourne Golf Club. The two teams finished the 36-holes of stroke-play qualifying at Ayodhya Links 11-under and two shots clear of Los Angeles Country Club. Play will now switch to match play with the top-4 teams battling for the title.

Royal Melbourne teammates Matias Sanchez and Will Heffernan surged up the leaderboard ten spots thanks to a bogey-free 10-under 62 second round. The duo put together consecutive 5-under 31 sides with their best stretch coming from Nos. 12-16 when they birdied five of the six holes.

Geoff Lenehan and Jack Pierse of Portmarnock had a steady 4-under 68 round. The highlight of the day for the pairing was an eagle on the par-5 3rd.

Los Angeles Country Club ended up two-strokes back and and will be the three-seed for match play. John Callaghan and Sandy Horacek combined for six birdies and two bogeys to card a 4-under 68 as well. Their day got off to blistering bogey-free 5-under 31 start on the front nine but cooled on the way home with a 1-over 37 closing nine.

The final team to make it through to match play is Royal St. George's Golf Club and they will be the four- seed. Royal St. George's tallied a two round score of 8- under after rounds of 66-72. Karl Gilbert and Richard Osterdahl used back-to-back birdies to finish their round in style and lift themselves into the semifinals.

In the final four No. 1 Royal Melbourne will face No. 4 Royal St. George's and No. 2 Portmarnock will square off against No. 3 Los Angeles. The championship match will follow the conclusion of the semifinals.

Overall there are eight other United States in the field and here is a look at how they finished:

Pine Valley Golf Club (T5, -7)
---Gene Elliot and Michael McCoy

Oakmont Country Club (T8, -4)
---Brett and Brock Bergman

Riviera Country Club (T8, -4)
---Kaj Vazales and Mike Riedel

Baltusrol Golf Club (T10, -3)
---Jeffrey Kiley and Nick Mullen

The Olympic Club (15th, E)
---Kory Storer and Randy Haag

Shinnecock Hills Golf Club (T16, +1)
---Alex Robertson and John Picket III

Seminole Golf Club (T21, +5)
---John Pinkham and Kelly Miller

Merion Golf Club (26th, +12)
---Donald Ashley and John LeBoeuf

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ABOUT THE World Club Championship

The club champion and a partner from GOLF Magazine’s Top 100 World Courses List compete at another Top 100 golf course over the course of three days. The first twos days feature 18-holes of stroke play qualifying after which the top-4 teams advance to the final day day match play. The event began in 2004.

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