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 two days feature 18 holes of stroke play qualifying after which the top 4 teams advance to the final day of match play. The event began in 2004 and is held every other year.

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