Men's WATC / Preview - News Release
Puerto Rican men set to tee off at WATC
By Alberto C. Medina - PRGA Staff Writer
(October 3, 2012) - The ladies already made the 2012 World Amateur Championships a success for Puerto Rico by placing 20th matching the Island’s best ever finish. Now it will be up to the Puerto Rican men to match or improve on the women’s performance as the men’s competition kicks off on Thursday in Antalya, Turkey.
Robert Calvesbert, Jerónimo Esteve and Erick Morales will begin play tomorrow as 72 countries fight for the title of the best amateur golf team in the world. For Morales and Calvesbert it will be their second WATC experience; Morales played in 2004 when Puerto Rico hosted the event, and Calvesbert was part of the 2010 team that finished tied for 32nd. For Esteve, it will be his first experience on the world stage, and he recently shared how excited he was to get the chance to compete against the very best.
“Honestly, I can’t even describe how proud I feel,” said Esteve. “I never thought that this would happen; it’s above and beyond anything I could have dreamed.”
The Puerto Rican players will have their work cut out for them against a strong field that includes a record number of participants. Among the 72 nations, 12 Latin American countries are competing at the event. The United States team, which won three consecutive titles from 2000 to 2004, includes two of the top-three players on the World Amateur Golf Rankings. And defending champion France leads a strong contingent of European teams who will surely be in the hunt for the Eisenhower Trophy.
Morales, Esteve and Calvesbert will start things off at the Faldo Course beginning at 11:30 a.m. (4:30 a.m. local time). Puerto Rico will be paired with Australia and Switzerland for the first round. Then, on Friday, the ‘boricuas’ will take their shot at the Sultan course starting at 8:30 a.m. (1:30 a.m. local time), paired with Belgium and Scotland.
Follow the daily updates on our website to cheer on the Puerto Rican men as they try to make history in Turkey.