Meronk posts top-10 finish at World Amateur Team Championship

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Buccaneer freshman cards lowest score in Sunday’s final round

ANTALYA, Turkey (Oct. 7, 2012) – ETSU freshman golfer Adrian Meronk (Wroclaw, Poland) was flawless on Sunday in the final round of the World Amateur Team Championship from the Antalya Golf Club.

After being forced to sit around and wait out the weather on Saturday, Meronk returned to action Sunday and tied the lowest score in the final round with a 6-under-par 65 on the 6,954-yard, par-71 Sultan Course. Meronk – who was one of four golfers to card a 65 – tied for seventh in the tournament (211 player field) by finishing at 7-under 207. The Buccaneer freshman was tied with Alabama’s Justin Thomas – the No. 1 golfer in Golfweek’s 2012-13 preseason top-10 rankings – and Chang-Woo Lee from the Republic of Korea.

Meronk entered the final round in a tie for 39th, but after playing a bogey-free round and registering six birdies, the Polish standout moved up 32 spots on the leaderboard. He was consistent with his play all day, as Meronk birdied three holes on the front and three more on the back nine. Furthermore, Meronk was only one of 14 golfers to birdie the 474-yard, par-4 12th and one of 17 players to birdie the 224-yard, par-3 sixth in the three-round tournament.

Meanwhile, after a rough second round showing on Saturday, sophomore Rhys Pugh (Pontypridd, Wales) battled back strong by finishing at 1-over 72 on Sunday. Overall, Pugh finished in a three-way tie for 145th with a score of 235. Pugh began the day by becoming only one of 24 golfers to birdie the 445-yard, par-4 opening hole on the Sultan Course, and played an even front nine after recording a bogey on the 459-yard, par-4 fourth.

The United States won the 34th Eisenhower Trophy after defeating Mexico by five strokes. The Americans generated a three-round score of 24-under 404; however, Mexico’s Sebastian Vazquez defeated Chris Williams by one shot to claim the individual championship. Vazquez birdied the final hole to win the title with a total score of 15-under 199.

Ironically, both Poland and Wales tied for 17th at 3-under 425.

Meronk and Pugh now return to Johnson City to gear up for the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at Blackthorn Club, which begins Friday, Oct. 12 in Jonesborough.

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