When: 7 September 2018
What: 31st World Amateur Team Championship for the Eisenhower Trophy
Where: Carton House, Montgomerie and O’Meara Courses, County Kildare/Dublin, Ireland
New Zealand lengthened its lead to three strokes after 54 holes at 30-under-par 404 powered by a 7-under 65 from Denzel Ieremia and a 3-under 69 from Daniel Hillier and positioned itself to claim its first medal since winning gold in 1992.
“That would be really cool,” said Ieremia of emulating the 1992 team of Michael Campbell, Phillip Tataurangi and Stephan Scahill. “I played college golf and I have always said that winning a team event is way more thrilling than winning an individual one. To have an opportunity to try to convert tomorrow is pretty cool.”
Spain and the USA also posted 10-under team scores to join Thailand in a share of second place at 27-under-par 407.
The Spanish posted a 6-under 66 from Angel Hidalgo and a 4-under 68 from Alejandro Del Rey while the Americans logged a 66 from Collin Morikawa and a 68 from Justin Suh.
Italy and first-round leader Denmark are tied for fifth at 408 and Norway, buoyed by the day’s best score of 133 and a 65 from U.S. Amateur champion Viktor Hovland, was tied for seventh with Germany at 412. Austria is ninth at 413 and Canada finishes the top 10 at 414.
“For us, it was another challenge the boys did well with it,” said New Zealand captain Bryce Hamer. “They worked really hard. They just love playing golf. They will look at tomorrow as another challenge. These guys will work extremely hard to do everything to do themselves and their country proud.”
Captain John Carroll, of Ireland: “Nothing to lose tomorrow. A couple of 65 and 66s and see where it takes us. That’s what we have to do. You never know. There are lot of good teams there and quality players.”
Denzel Ieremia, of New Zealand (who played college golf at Iowa State): “I am very excited. We are in a good position and that is a testament to the way we have prepared.”
Angel Hidalgo, of Spain (on the mind-set for Round 4): “Just play. It is the third day and you don’t know the results of the other teams. Tomorrow, in the last six to nine holes, we can see the leaderboard and then we can say why not try to win?”
Collin Morikawa, of the USA: “For us, it’s good as long as we are moving up and giving ourselves a shot. It’s going to be a shoot-out. We have to be ready. The key for today was to put ourselves in position.”
- The leading teams played the Montgomerie Course in the third round and will play the O’Meara Course in the final round.
- Italy, with Stefano Mazzoli and Lorenzo Filippo Scalise — two American college players – moved into contention for its first medal in 31 Eisenhower Trophy appearances. Its previous best finish was T-4 in 2004 and 2008 for a total of 10 top 10 scores.
- Ben Pellicani is the captain of the Haitian team and he has been the executive director of player development for the Golf Federation of Haiti for two years. He is also the associate head coach at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn.
- Three players scored the best round of the day – 7-under-par 65 at the Montgomerie Course: Denzel Ieremia of New Zealand, Witchayanon ‘Zoom’ Chothirunrungrueng of Thailand and Viktor Hovland of Norway.
- Ireland’s Robin Dawson was the only player to play the first 36 holes without a bogey. In the third round, he recorded his first dropped shot on the par-5 fourth hole of the Montgomerie when he posted a bogey-6.
- Bermuda’s Jarryd Dillas, 33, who works in the insurance business, is playing in his eighth Eisenhower Trophy, the most of any of this year’s competitors. The University of Rhode Island graduate has posted rounds of 72-75-71 for an even-par 54-hole total of 218.
- With one round remaining the individual leaderboards shows this top five: T-1.Takumi Kanaya of Japan and Denzel Ieremia of New Zealand at 16 under; 3.Alejandro Del Rey of Spain at 15 under; 4.Daniel Hillier of New Zealand at 14 under and T-5. Collin Morikawa and Justin Suh of the USA at 13 under.
Round 4 begins Saturday at 7:45 a.m. off two tees at both courses.
Spectators are encouraged to attend, and entry into Carton House for the 2018 World Amateur Team Championships. For more information, please visit igfgolf.org/watc/watc-2018/