RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO (Sept. 24, 2016) – Former ETSU All-American Adrian Meronk (Wroclaw, Poland) shot a 2-under 69 in the final round of the World Amateur Team Championships on Saturday en route to finishing tied for third at 12-under-par 274 (66-69-70-69) in the four day, 72-hole tournament from the Iberostar Playa Paraiso and Mayakoba El Camaleon Golf Clubs in Riviera Maya, Mexico.
Meronk finished with three birdies in his final eight holes on Saturday to help lead Poland to an eighth-place finish in the 71-team field. Meronk – the eighth-ranked golfer in the World Amateur Rankings – and ETSU senior Mateusz Gradecki (Oborniki Slaskie, Poland) provided Poland with the countable team scores for all four rounds this weekend. Gradecki finished tied for 31st at 2-under-par 284 (72-70-70-72).
With Meronk and Gradecki leading Team Poland, former Buccaneer all-conference player Gudmundur Kristjansson (Reykjavik, Iceland) paced Iceland as he finished tied for 23rd at 4-under-par 282 (70-72-71-69). Kristjansson had an up-and-down final round as he totaled six birdies, eight pars and four bogeys to card a score of 2-under 69 from the Mayakoba El Camaleon Golf Course on Saturday.
Australia made it a clean sweep to claim both the team and individual championships, as Cameron Davis outlasted teammate Curtis Luck for medalist honors. Davis won by two strokes over Luck with a 72-hole score of 17-under-par 269 (67-66-68-68), while Australia won the Eisenhower Trophy by 19 shots over England with a team score of 38-under-par 534 (135-132-131-136). England finished second, while Austria and Ireland tied for third at 18-under-par 554.
Seventeen of the top 25 players in the World Amateur Golf Rankings are playing this weekend at the World Amateur Team Championships – including Meronk who ranks No. 8. Meronk is also one of 15 players competition this weekend that earned All-American honors from a year ago.
The final round of the team championships Saturday morning on both the Iberostar Playa Paraiso and Mayakoba El Camaleon Golf Courses. Click here for live scoring.
ABOUT THE WORLD AMATEUR TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
Conducted by the International Golf Federation (formerly the World Amateur Golf Council), which comprises the national governing bodies of golf in more than 125 countries, the World Amateur Team Championships are a biennial international amateur golf competition rotated among three geographic zones of the world: Asia-Pacific, American and European-African.
Each team has two or three players and plays 18-holes of stroke play for four days. 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.
IGF National Members may enter one women’s team and one men’s team. Players must be amateur golfers under the Rules of Amateur Status of the R&A and the United States Golf Association and a National of the country which the competitor is representing as defined in the IGF’s Nationality Policy.
The winning team in the men’s competition receives custody of the Eisenhower Trophy for the ensuing two years. Members of the winning teams receive gold medals, members of the second-place teams receive silver medals and members of the third-place teams receive bronze medals. The lowest individual score in each championship is recognized at the respective closing ceremony, but no prize is awarded.
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