KARUIZAWA, Japan. (Sept. 13, 2014) – Adrian Meronk (Wroclaw, Poland) put together a strong run at the World Amateur Team Championship as the Buccaneer junior golfer finished tied for 29th at 10-under-par 276 (72-73-66-65) in Karuizawa, Japan.
Meronk, who was 2-over after the first two rounds of the championship, played the final 36 holes at 12-under to register his top-30 finish in the field of 200 golfers. For the second straight day, Meronk posted a bogey-free round en route to totaling six more birdies. Overall, 12 of Meronk’s 15 birdies came in the final two rounds, while the Buccaneer standout also carded an eagle on the par-6, 787-yard No. 18 in round two on the Oshitate Course. Meronk ended the championship playing the par 3s at 1-under and the par 5s at 6-under.
Meronk’s teammate and ETSU sophomore Mateusz Gradecki (Oborniki Slaskie, Poland) shot an evnr-par 71 (Oshitate Course) in the final round and finished the tournament tied 60th at 5-under-par 281 (70-71-69-71). Like Meronk, Gradecki registered 15 birdies in the championship and also played the par 5s at 6-under.
Meronk and Gradecki helped guide Poland to finish tied for 22nd at 15-under-par 557, while their ETSU teammate Rhys Pugh (Pontypridd, Wales) directed the Welsh into a tie for 35th. Individually, Pugh ended the tournament at 1-over-par 287 (70-73-72-72). Pugh was even-par 72 in Saturday’s final round and finished the week with 14 birdies.
Overall, the United States won its 15th Eisenhower Trophy as the Americans held off Canada by two strokes, 534 to 536. SMU junior Bryson DeChambeau birdied the final hole and Canadian playing partner Corey Conners closed with a bogey, which gave the U.S. a two-stroke victory.
Spain’s Jon Rahm entered the final round with the individual lead and the Spaniard won the individual crown by three shots over Lucas Herbert of Australia. Rahm finished with an overall score of 23-under-par 263 (70-64-62-67).
Meronk, Gradecki and Pugh now return to Johnson City and gear up for ETSU’s season opener, which begins Sept. 22 at the Inverness Intercollegiate Invitational in Toledo, Ohio.
About the World Amateur Team Championship
The World Amateur Team Championship is a biennial international amateur competition, begun in 1958. It is conducted by the International Golf Federation, which comprises national governing bodies of golf in 126 countries and international professional tours. The competition, which is being held for the 29th time, is rotated among three geographic zones: Asia-Pacific, Americas and Europe-Africa.
The teams play for the Eisenhower Trophy. The IGF is the international federation for golf for the International Olympic Committee and will conduct the Olympic golf competition in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
In each round, the total of the two lowest scores from each team constitutes the team score for the round. The four-day (72-hole) total is the team’s score for the championship.
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