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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.

World Amateur Team Championships Turkey 2012

EISENHOWER TROPHY - OCTOBER 4-7
Antalya Golf Club (PGA Sultan Course) and Cornelia Golf Club (Faldo Course)

RECORD NUMBER OF TEAMS
A record 72 teams are competing in the 28th World Amateur Team Championship,
surpassing the previous record of 70 in South Africa in 2006.

FIRST-TIME PARTICIPANTS
Six countries are making their first appearances in the World Amateur Team Championship:
the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kyrgyzstan, Malta, Oman, Poland, and Ukraine.

DEFENDING CHAMPION
France is vying to become the first team to win back-to-back WATC titles since
the USA won three consecutive titles in 2000, 2002 and 2004.

HOST NATION
Turkey is playing in its sixth World Amateur Team Championship.
Its best finish was 43rd in 2004 in Puerto Rico.
Hamza Sayin, 26, is playing in his fifth World Amateur Team Championship.

MORE IGF STORYLINES     *    STARTING TIMES & SCORING RESULTS     *    PHOTO GALLERY

Women's World Amateur Team Championships

PUR Women Team with solid start at the World Amateur Championship

Karuizawa, Japan - (Sept.3, 2014) Led by scores of 73 and 74 strokes from Paola Robles (UCF Knights) & Maria Torres (UF Gators) respectively, the three women team representing Puerto Rico and the PRGA at this year's WATC enjoyed from a solid start by finishing tied for 26th place after Rd.1 at the biennial competition conducted by the International Golf Federation (IGF) and hosted by the Japan Golf Association at Karuizawa 72 Golf East Club.

Fifteen-year-old Valeria Pacheco, who is the third player on the team shot a 6-over 78 in her first WATC event of a very promising future she has ahead of her golfing career characterized by a shy smile but powerful swing. Based on the best two scores, PUR totals 147 strokes (3-over par) while Canada leads the field at -9.

Captained by Laura Diaz - a well-known amateur player from Puerto Rico with a very successful junior and college golf career, the ladies team has high hopes of improving their previous performances at this very important stage of amateur golf at both, the team and individual levels.

"We are happy and very pleased with the performance of our players in the first round, and they have bonded very well as a team despite the age differences between two college players and Valeria who is a very talented junior", commented Sidney Wolf, just before the second round tee-off.

"Laura has become a good leader for the team, while Maria has been able to share her previous experience with Paola and Valeria, as both are "rookies" in the WATC arena. Overall they have bonded very well", -he added.

Due to the time zone difference, the team is expected to begin Rd.2 tonight (PR time around 8:55PM). You can follow the action using the LIVE STREAM provided the Japan Golf Association and available at the Championships Official Site

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Men's WATC

Karuizawa, Japan - Puerto Rico began its participation at the 29th Men's World Amateur Team Championships with a very solid team score and position at the Official Leaderboard by accumulating a total of 137 strokes (-7) and placing tied for 8th place and among the Top10 countries of the world, including Canada, Argentina and US.

Based on the first round scores of 67 and 70 strokes respectively by Jeronimo Esteve (-5) and Edward Figueroa (-2), Puerto Rico registered the third best start in the history of the Championships, conducted by the International Golf Federation (GF) and hosted by the Japan Golf Association (JPA). The third player for PUR Robert Calvesbert finished at even par (72), yet his score was not counted towards the team score as the 72-hole competition scheduled over 4-days selects the best two scores per team daily to rank the countries participating on the field for the Eisenhower Trophy.

"Our team enjoyed from a very solid round at the Irayama Golf Course today, as all three players were very committed and focused during their inaugural round at the WATC. Is one of the best start we've ever had, but I'm sure that there is more to come from these great players representing PUR", commented Sidney Wolf, president of the PRGA who is in attendance at the IGF event along with Team Captain & Coach, Wilfredo Morales.

"Jero's round brought me today a lot of memories from our participation at the WATC back in 1998 in Chile and specially with regards to my participation with the team that year as I shot the same score to open my second participation in a World Amateur event, as we now share an identical score at the WATC. Robi and Edward are playing extremely well and showcased a total confidence on their game which can only be in favor of PUR", - added Morales, evidently excited about the performance of the team he has the responsibility to be a captain of.

A host of the World Amateur Team Championships in 2004, PUR is not only remembered as one of the best venues of the WATC, but it also holds an interesting number of opportunities were the men's teams participating have been able to compare to the best players in the world (1998 - 2008), yet it looks for an opportunity to finish among the world's best countries in the 2014 edition.

Due to the time zone difference, the team is expected to begin Rd.2 tonight (PR time around 7:00 PM). You can follow the action using the LIVE STREAM provided the Japan Golf Association and available at the Championships Official Site: www.worldamateur2014.org

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Women's World Amateur Team Championships

Led by an excellent performance on behalf of Maria Torres (291), a University of Florida Gators Women Golf Team member, PUR repeated for third championships in a row a team final score of 583 strokes which resulted in a tie for 25th place with Colombia and Wales.

The three women team representing Puerto Rico and the PRGA at this year's WATC enjoyed from a solid start by finishing tied for 26th place after Rd.1 and thanks to solid scores by UCF's Knight Women Golf Team Paola Robles (297) and Torres.

Based on the experience of these two college players and former members of the Junior Golf Program, the team somehow manage to remain at even par through the rest of the rounds at the biennial competition, where Australia won the Espirito Santo trophy.

Fifteen year-old Valeria Pacheco, third player on the team and a rookie at the World Amateur competition shot a total of 310 strokes through the 4-day competition where the puertorrican girls were captained by Laura Diaz.

Final Team Leaderboard - Espirito Santo Trophy

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