2014 World Am Championships Recap
Karuizawa, Japan - Thanks to an excellent performance by our top amateur golfers, Puerto Rico's participation at this year's World Amateur Team Championships will go down as the best overall finish for the two teams who represented the PRGA at this year "Olympics of Golf" conducted by the International Golf Federation and hosted by the Japan Golf Association.
Led by PRGA's president, Sidney Wolf and with the support, leadership andn coaching provided by Laura Diaz and Wilfredo Morales as the Team Captains for each team, all six players were definitively excellent ambassadors on and off the course.
Men's World Amateur TeamChampionships (Sept. 10-13, 2014)
The 3-player squad who participated at the 29th Men's World Amateur Team Championships finished with a team total score of 561 strokes just behind host country Japan (560) and tied with Venezuela for 31st place at the final Championship Leaderbord .
Led by Jeronimo Esteve (-5) who totaled 281 strokes and Robert Calvesbert (-4) who finished with 282 strokes, Team Puerto Rico registered the third best start in the history of the Championships by finishing tied for 8th place on Rd. 1.
Third player Edward Figueroa (+5) reported a steady play in the low 70's. The 72-hole competition scheduled over 4-days selected the best two scores per team daily to rank the countries who were playing on the field for the Eisenhower Trophy won by the USA team.
Esteve who shot an first round score of 67 strokes, finished tied for 60th place at the Individual Leaderboard while Calvesbert earned a 68th place among the 200 players on the field. Figueroa finished T113 with three other players in the world.
Team Captain Wilfredo Morales, was extremely satisfied and happy with the performance of the team he once was a part of and truly enjoyed from the experience offered by the visit to Japan,
At -11, Puerto Rico finished as the fifth best country in the world in the Latin America region, behind Argentina, Mexico, Chile and Colombia. 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 being able to compare to the best players on the world (1998 - 2008), and still has been able to place among the world's best countries in the 2014 edition.