Final day in Adelaide

The World Amateur Team Championships have come to an end and Scotland have won the Eisenhower Trophy. Sam Hutsby finished with an excellent round in a tournament where England ended up in 14th position. England Captain Jonath Plaxton reports from the final day:

“On a bright and sunny day in Adelaide the wind blew its hardest and many fell by the wayside with world number 1 (Danny Lee) following his opening 70, 71, 70 with a closing 84. The U.S.A fell away and Scotland prevailed in conditions which must have been as familiar to them as a warm summers day on The Old Course. Meanwhile after another ‘brunch’ and practice at The Grange where facilities were much better than today’s venue for our warm up we set out (from the 10th tee) promisingly at midday with birdies at 10 (Sam) and 11 (Luke)  before then turning into the wind at 12 (a strong par 3) and coming to grief with two doubles and a bogey between us. Dale and Luke never quite seemed to recover despite bagging a few birdies thereafter and although they tried to the very end a persistent southerly wind (cold!) made it almost a damage limitation exercise for them. The par of 73 would have almost certainly have equated to a 75 or 76 CSS today.

However Sam steadied the ship after his bogey at 12 and gradually compiled a great round in truly tough conditions to record the joint lowest round of the day (a 3 under par 70). Sam’s 25 putts being the main reason for his success. This was a reflection of the tight pin positions on what were very firm greens and his amazing short game. At close of play Sam finished 5th in the individual scores which Ricky Fowler led although  The U.S.A could only finish runners up (as they did last week) and Sweden (last weeks Ladies winners) climbed to 3rd in the mens event.

With 2 from 3 scores counting each day there were many potential victors at the start of this week. However at the closing ceremony we were reminded that 50 years ago it was Australia who won the inaugural event at St Andrews, Scotland. Maybe it was fate that decided Scotland should prevail in ‘Oz’ this year?!   A disappointing position for England (14th) but with 6th place just 4 shots lower than our total (after 12 rounds of golf) its clear how small the margins are.

England fielded a particularly young team this year and clearly missed both Dan Willett and Chris Wood (who lies 16th in Portugal at the time of writing) both now in the pro ranks. However Sam Luke and Dale bonded well and gave it their all. They will have learned much from the experience of playing in The Eisenhower Trophy. They  have certainly worked hard with coach Dave Ridley throughout the two weeks in Australia. In 2010 we must travel to Argentina for The Eisenhower but of course firstly we have the 2009 season to consider and a Walker Cup! JP”

For full scores and updates visit the International Golf Federation website.

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