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USA Wins World Amateur Team Championship
31 Oct 2004
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Rio Grande, Puerto Rico (October 31, 2004) -- The USA Men's Team won the Eisenhower Trophy for the third consecutive time, its 13th overall, at the weather-shortened World Amateur Team Championship with a 54-hole total of 25-under-par 407 at Rio Mar Country Club.

Because of heavy rain and threats of lightning, the International Golf Federation cancelled play for Sunday and based the Championship results on 54-hole scores. The USA, the only nation to finish in the top 10 in all 24 Eisenhower Trophy competitions, finished nine strokes ahead of silver medalist Spain at 416 and 10 strokes clear of bronze medalist Sweden at 417.

The USA team members, all collegiate All-Americans, were Spencer Levin, 20, of Elk Grove, Calif., Ryan Moore, 21, of Puyallup, Wash., and Lee Williams, 22, of Alexander City, Ala.

"These three individuals are uniquely diverse persons but to see them come together as a team in this event was very gratifying,” said USA captain Trey Holland. “I will follow their careers as long as there is breath in me.”

During the course of the three rounds of the championship, each USA player contributed.

Moore (65) and Williams (67), 2003 USA Walker Cup teammates, sparked the team with a 12-under-par start for a 4-stroke lead after the first round; Moore, the 2004 U.S. Amateur, U.S. Amateur Public Links, NCAA individual and Western Amateur champion, shot 67 to combine with Levin's 69 in Round 2 and increase their advantage to eight strokes; and Levin, who won five amateur events in 2004 and was the low amateur at this year's U.S. Open, shot a 67 to go along with Moore's 72 in the third round to add another stroke to their lead.

Moore, who has represented the USA on several international teams, was emotional about this victory.

"This feels better than any of the other events,” he said. “It's an amazing feeling. We went out and fought for each other and fought for the team. I'm happy we can send it off to the next USA team.”

Williams , the runner-up at the 2003 NCAAs, concurred with his teammate.

"We wanted to let the people that follow us have the same feeling we got to have when they played our national anthem at the opening ceremonies as defending champions,” Williams added.

The Americans became the 12th team to lead the event from start to finish. The USA also won four consecutive titles from 1968 through 1974 and three consecutive from 1978 through 1982.

Heavy rain, along with lightning in the area, forced a suspension of play at 10:35 a.m. The IGF, attempted to implement Condition 10 of the Championship, which cuts the field. Trying to finish the event, the IGF made the cut at the top 10 teams and ties. Those 11 teams were to play only the inward nine of the Ocean Course. However, more poor weather conditions followed in the afternoon and the resumption of play was suspended at 1:25 p.m. before play was ultimately cancelled.

"Every team out there wanted to play (Sunday),” said Holland of having Sunday play cancelled with his team holding a 9-stroke lead. “I don't think any lead is safe in this event.”

This marks the second time in 24 championships that the event was shortened. In Malaysia in 2002, the IGF implemented a cut to the top 20 after 54 holes because of heavy rains.

Although there is no official IGF recognition, Moore was the lowest individual, shooting 12-under-par 204 through 54 holes. He was followed closely by teammate Levin, who shot 206.

Rounding out the top 10 were Canada , Italy and Switzerland sharing fourth at 422, Wales in seventh at 423, England and Malaysia tied for eighth at 424 and Denmark and Germany tied for 10 th at 425. Host Puerto Rico finished tied for 37 th at 445.

Conducted by the International Golf Federation, which comprises national governing bodies of golf in more than 100 countries, the Women's World Amateur Team Championships are a biennial international amateur competition, which is rotated among three geographic zones: Asia-Pacific, American and European-African. This year the event is hosted by the Puerto Rico Golf Association .

Each team, which has two or three players, plays 18 holes of stroke play for four days. In each round, the total of the two lowest scores by players from each team constitutes the team score for the round. The four-day (72 holes) total is the team's score for the championship.

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Rio Grande, Puerto Rico – Results of Sunday's (31 October) fourth round of the World Amateur Team Championship, played at Rio Mar Country Club (Ocean Course=1: par 36-36—72, 6,807 yards, 6,222 meters; River Course=2: par 36-36—72, 6,873 yards, 62,82 meters):

Pos Country +/- Rd1 Rd2 Rd3 Tot
1 United States of America 2 -25 132 136 139 407
2 Spain 2 -16 137 139 140 416
3 Sweden 2 -15 138 141 138 417
T4 Canada 2 -10 143 143 136 422
T4 Switzerland 2 -10 137 142 143 422
T4 Italy 2 -10 136 146 140 422
7 Wales 2 -9 141 138 144 423
T8 England 2 -8 137 146 141 424
T8 Malaysia 2 -8 143 143 138 424
T10 Germany 2 -7 138 145 142 425
T10 Denmark 2 -7 143 143 139 425
T12 Australia 2 -4 142 141 145 428
T12 Japan 2 -4 141 143 144 428
T12 Netherlands 2 -4 140 147 141 428
T15 Chile 2 -2 143 145 142 430
T15 Finland 2 -2 148 142 140 430
T17 Ireland 2 -1 143 146 142 431
T17 South Africa 2 -1 147 138 146 431
19 India 2 E 143 148 141 432
20 Austria 2 1 145 143 145 433
T21 New Zealand 2 2 150 144 140 434
T21 Mexico 2 2 148 141 145 434
T23 France 2 3 148 142 145 435
T23 Korea 2 3 144 144 147 435
T23 Philippines 2 3 143 148 144 435
26 Portugal 2 4 141 150 145 436
T27 Thailand 2 5 143 150 144 437
T27 El Salvador 2 5 140 150 147 437
T27 Argentina 2 5 144 150 143 437
T27 Iceland 2 5 142 147 148 437
31 Scotland 2 8 141 150 149 440
32 Czech Republic 2 10 150 145 147 442
33 Peru 2 11 146 145 152 443
T34 Norway 2 12 148 145 151 444
T34 Chinese Taipei 1 12 151 146 147 444
T34 Bermuda 2 12 143 150 151 444
T37 Pakistan 1 13 148 153 144 445
T37 Guatemala 1 13 146 153 146 445
T37 Puerto Rico 1 13 147 152 146 445
T40 Dominican Republic 1 14 145 151 150 446
T40 Colombia 1 14 148 149 149 446
42 Brazil 1 16 150 147 151 448
T43 Bolivia 1 17 146 150 153 449
T43 Turkey 1 17 146 152 151 449
T43 Belgium 2 17 148 148 153 449
T43 Trinidad & Tobago 1 17 149 149 151 449
47 Zimbabwe 1 18 151 150 149 450
48 Ecuador 1 24 155 148 153 456
T49 Venezuela 1 25 149 156 152 457
T49 Panama 1 25 150 153 154 457
51 Paraguay 1 26 156 148 154 458
52 Slovenia 1 27 158 152 149 459
53 Barbados 1 30 158 147 157 462
54 Russian Federation 1 32 157 154 153 464
55 Slovakia 1 34 158 157 151 466
56 Hong Kong, China 1 36 154 158 156 468
57 Costa Rica 1 40 153 162 157 472
T58 Cayman Islands 1 47 158 162 159 479
T58 Greece 1 47 160 161 158 479
60 Swaziland 1 53 168 160 157 485
61 Bahamas 1 54 165 159 162 486
62 Estonia 1 57 161 169 159 489
63 Croatia 1 58 164 161 165 490
64 U.S. Virgin Islands 1 61 164 163 166 493
65 United Arab Emirates 1 62 162 173 159 494
- Egypt 1 DNF 156 161 - DNF
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