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KARUIZAWA, Japan (10 Sept.) – Canada, Sweden and Switzerland share the lead at 10 under par after the first round of the 2014 World Amateur Team Championship at Karuizawa 72 Golf East.

Canada’s Corey Conners, the 2014 U.S. Amateur runner-up, and Taylor Pendrith, who were college teammates and roommates, tallied 66 and 68 as Sweden’s Marcus Kinhult fired the day’s lowest round, a 7-under-par 65, to go along with Hannes Ronneblad’s 69 and Switzerland received a 66 from Mathias Eggenberger and a 68 from Benjamin Rusch to tie at 134 at Karuizawa’s par-72 Iriyama Course.

“We put in some really good preparation,” said Canadian captain Graham Hill. “Derek Ingram, our coach, works very closely with all the guys here. I don’t think we’re surprised that we played well here today. We put the preparation and the hard work in so this isn’t a surprise to us. We’re just taking it day by day and we’re happy with the start.”

Conners, who shared 2014 Mid-American Conference Player of the Year honors with Pendrith at Kent State University in the USA, exploded for five birdies on his opening nine and finished with seven against one bogey en route to a 6-under 66.  Pendrith, who was 6-under through 16 holes, bogeyed the last two holes for a 4-under 68. Adam Svensson shot a non-counting 3-under 69.

“We’re not going to try to do anything crazy.  We’re just going to stick to our game plan and try to play to our strengths and if we happen to shoot 29-under-par that would be pretty sweet, but we’re just going to stick to our game plan,” said Conners, referring to the winning score in the recently-completed Women’s World Amateur Team Championship at Karuizawa. In that competition, Australia came from behind to defeat Canada by two strokes.

Sweden’s Kinhult posted seven birdies on bogey-free card. The 18-year-old won the silver medal at the Youth Olympic Games two weeks ago in China then flew home to play in the Jacques Leglise Trophy in Sweden and then flew to Japan.

“Overall, it was a solid round from tee to green,” said Kinhult. “I was never in trouble and that was the key. It’s always nice to be in the mix. You want to make sure you stay in your position until the last day.”

The long-hitting Ronneblad registered four birdies against a lone bogey. Teammate Adam Blomme shot a non-counting 72.

“It is a very good start,” said Swedish captain Bjorn Engstrom. “But, it is just one day and we have a long way. If you have been in this situation before, you can calm down after the first round. All of the players have the potential for low scores, all of them.”

Eggenberger, who represented the continent of Europe at the St. Andrews Trophy in Sweden and attends Stirling University in Scotland, carded an eagle, six birdies and two bogeys. Rusch tallied six birdies and two bogeys in his round. Marco Iten shot a non-counting 72.

“The guys played fantastically,” said Swiss captain Toni Matt. “It was very steady with very good feeling and they did a beautiful job.”

“It’s always nice to see yourself as well as the team on top of the leaderboard,” Eggenberger said. “I played -6 today, which was quite solid. I’m happy with my performance and to help the team.”

Denmark shot 9-under 133 at the par-71 Oshitate Course to share fourth place with Argentina, which shot 135 at Iriyama. England and the USA are tied for sixth at 8-under, both at Iriyama. Puerto Rico and the Czech Republic posted 7-under at Iriyama and Oshitate, respectively to hold joint eighth place. At 6-under were: Chile (Oshitate) and Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Scotland and Spain (Iriyama).

Thirty-seven teams broke par in the first round and 65 sub-par scores counted, breaking the record of 42 in 2004.

The World Amateur Team Championship is a biennial international amateur competition conducted by the International Golf Federation (IGF), which comprises 137 national governing bodies in 131 countries. The competition, which is being held for the 26th time, is rotated among three geographic zones: Asia-Pacific, Americas and Europe-Africa.

This year’s event is hosted by the Japan Golf Association. 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.

Teams which played the Iriyama Course in the first round will play the Oshitate Course in the second round and vice versa.

KARUIZAWA, Japan (10 Sept.) — Results of Wednesday’s first round of the 2014 World Amateur Team Championship played at the par-71, 7,010-yard/6,406-meter Oshitate Course (OC)  and the par-72, 7,008-yard/6,405-meter Iriyama Course (IC) at Karuizawa 72 Golf East. (Note: Scores are listed with relation to par because of the difference in par on the two golf courses)

T1.Canada (CAN) – 134 IC (-10)

  Corey Conners 66

  Taylor Pendrith 68

  Adam Svensson 69

T1.Sweden (SWE) – 134 IC (-10)

  Marcus Kinhult 65

  Hannes Ronneblad 69

  Adam Blomme 72

T1.Switzerland (SUI) – 134 IC (-10)

  Mathias Eggenberger 66

  Benjamin Rusch 68

  Marco Iten 72

T4.Argentina (ARG) – 135 IC (-9)

  Jaime Lopez Rivarola 67

  Alejandro Tosti 68

  Matias Simaski 72

T4.Denmark (DEN) – 133 OC (-9)

  Nicolai Kristensen 66

  Martin Leth Simonsen 67

  Niklas Noergaard Moeller 72

T6.England (ENG) – 136 IC (-8)

  Benjamin Stow 67

  Ashley Chesters 69

  Ryan Evans 72

T6.United States of America (USA) – 136 IC (-8)

  Denny McCarthy 68

  Beau Hossler 68

  Bryson DeChambeau 69

T8.Czech Republic (CZE) – 135 OC (-7)

  Simon Zach 67

  Vitek Novak 68

  Michal Pospisil 76

T8.Puerto Rico (PUR) – 137 IC (-7)

  Jeronimo Esteve 67

  Edward Figueroa 70

  Robi Calvesbert 72

T10.Chile (CHI) – 136 OC (-6)

  Matias Dominguez 67

  Martin Cancino 69

  Guillermo Pereira 69

T10.Ireland (IRL) – 138 IC (-6)

  Gavin Moynihan 69

  Gary Hurley 69

  Paul Dunne 70

T10.Japan (JPN) – 138 IC (-6)

  Kazuya Koura 69

  Kenta Konishi 69

  Takashi Ogiso 71

T10.Mexico (MEX) – 138 IC (-6)

  Gerardo Ruiz De La Concha 68

  Aaron Terrazas Morales 70

  Alvaro Ortiz Becerra 71

T10.Scotland (SCO) – 138 IC (-6)

  Grant Forrest 68

  Chris Robb 70

  Bradley Neil 72

T10.Spain (ESP) – 138 IC (-6)

  Mario Galiano 68

  Jon Rahm 70

  Daniel Berna 75

T16.Australia (AUS) – 137 OC (-5)

  Ryan Ruffels 68

  Lucas Herbert 69

  Geoff Drakeford 71

T16.Chinese Taipei (TPE) – 137 OC (-5)

  Chun-An Yu 67

  Cheng-Tsung Pan 70

  Wei-Lun Wang 75

T16.Germany (GER) – 137 OC (-5)

  Hurly Long 67

  Maximilian Mehles 70

  Maximilian Rottluff 71

T16.Venezuela (VEN) – 139 IC (-5)

  Jorge Garcia 66

  Alejandro Perazzo 73

  Gustavo Morantes 78

T20.Austria (AUT) – 140 IC (-4)

  Robin Goger 69

  Markus Maukner 71

  Lukas Lipold 72

T20.Belgium (BEL) – 138 OC (-4)

  Thomas Detry 68

  Kevin Hesbois 70

  Samuel Echikson 75

T20.France (FRA) – 140 IC (-4)

  Victor Perez 69

  Clement Sordet 71

  Robin Sciot Siegrist 72

T20.Italy (ITA) – 140 IC (-4)

  Renato Paratore 69

  Enrico Di Nitto 71

  Guido Migliozzi 75

T20.Wales (WAL) – 138 OC (-4)

  Michael Hearne 68

  David Boote 70

  Rhys Pugh 70

T25.India (IND) – 141 IC (-3)

  Udayan Mane 68

  Feroz Garewal 73

  Manu Gandas 76

T25.Norway (NOR) – 141 IC (-3)

  Kristoffer Ventura 70

  Kristian Johannessen 71

  Andreas Halvorsen 74

T27.Bermuda (BER) – 142 IC (-2)

  Jarryd Dillas 71

  Mark Phillips 71

  Will Haddrell 73

T27.Brazil (BRA) – 140 OC (-2)

  Andre Tourinho 68

  Thomaz Pimenta 72

  Herik Machado 74

T27.People’s Republic of China (CHN) – 142 IC (-2)

  Zecheng Dou 68

  Jin Zhang 74

  Zhengkai Bai 75

T27.Poland (POL) – 142 IC (-2)

  Mateusz Gradecki 70

  Adrian Meronk 72

  Jan Szmidt 79

T27.Singapore (SIN) – 142 IC (-2)

  Jonathan Woo 70

  Johnson Poh 72

  Marc Ong 81

T27.Slovenia (SLO) – 140 OC (-2)

  Tim Gornik 67

  Zan Luka Stirn 73

  Enej Sarkanj 74

T27.Thailand (THA) – 140 OC (-2)

  Suradit Yongcharoenchai 68

  Nattawat Suvajanakorn 72

  Chanachok Dejpiratanamongkol 74

T34.Colombia (COL) – 141 OC (-1)

  Nicolas Echavarria 70

  Santiago Gomez 71

  Ricardo Celia 71

T34.Hong Kong, China (HKG) – 141 OC (-1)

  Matthew Cheung 70

  Martin Liu 71

  Shinichi Mizuno 73

T34.Malaysia (MAS) – 143 IC (-1)

  Kyle Green Gavin 68

  Low Khai Jei 75

  Abdul Manaf Muhammad Wafiyuddin 75

T34.Portugal (POR) – 143 IC (-1)

  Joao Carlota 69

  Goncalo Costa 74

  Tomas Silva 80

T38.Finland (FIN) – 144 IC (Even)

  Linus Vaisanen 72

  Kristian Kulokorpi 72

  Albert Eckhardt 73

T38.Netherlands (NED) – 142 OC (Even)

  Michael Kraaij 71

  Robbie Van West 71

  Lars Van Meijel 72

T38.New Zealand (NZL) – 144 IC (Even)

  Joshua Munn 72

  Tae Koh 72

  Vaughan McCall 74

T38.Republic of Korea (KOR) – 142 OC (Even)

  Eun-Ho Youm 71

  Nam-Hun Kim 71

  Tae-Hyun Kong 73

T38.Slovakia (SVK) – 144 IC (Even)

  Jan Friesz 72

  Oliver Gabor 72

  Peter Valasek 75

T38.South Africa (RSA) – 144 IC (Even)

  Zander Lombard 68

  Gerlou Roux 76

  Jason Smith 78

44.Fiji (FIJ) – 143 OC (+1)

  Sam Lee 71

  Olaf Frank Grant Allen 72

  Abid Hussain 81

T45.Costa Rica (CRC) – 146 IC (+2)

  Jose Mendez 71

  Alvaro Ortiz 75

  Manuel Jimenez 84

T46.Guam (GUM) – 144 OC (+2)

  Devin Hua 72

  Louie Sunga 72

  Daryl Poe 76

T46.Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) – 144 OC (+2)

  Hassan Karimian Noshahr 70

  Behrod Keshtavar 74

  Ali Khazanbeik 78

T46.Russian Federation (RUS) – 144 OC (+2)

  Mikhail Morozov 70

  Nikita Ponomarev 74

  Pavel Goryainov 77

T49.Guatemala (GUA) – 148 IC (+4)

  Jose Pablo Rolz 74

  Sebastian Barnoya 74

  Daniel Gurtner 79

T49.Malta (MLT) – 146 OC (+4)

  Andrew Borg 72

  John Verlest Micallef 74

  Daniel Holland 77

51.Philippines (PHI) – 148 OC (+6)

  Raymart Tolentino 74

  Rupert Zaragosa 74

  Kristoffer Arevalo 75

T52.Greece (GRE) – 149 OC (+7)

  Vasileios Koumpakis 70

  Nikolaos Efthymiadis 79

  Stamatios Kavadas 79

T52.Jamaica (JAM) – 149 OC (+7)

  Sean Morris 72

  Jonathan Newnham 77

  Keith Stein 77

T54.Dominican Republic (DOM) – 152 IC (+8)

  Ernesto Vitienes 75

  Juan Jose Guerra 77

  Francisco Pichardo 81

T54.Turkey (TUR) – 152 IC (+8)

  Ali Altuntas 76

  Ediz Kemaloglu 76

  Serkan Akarsu 77

T54.Uruguay (URU) – 150 OC (+8)

  Juan Alvarez 71

  Facundo Alvarez 79

  Agustin Acosta 81

57.Qatar (QAT) – 153 IC (+9)

  Saleh Al Kaabi 76

  Ali Al Shahrani 77

  Abdul Rahman Al Shahrani 90

58.Serbia (SRB) – 154 IC (+10)

  Cedomir Ilic 77

  Ilija Djurdjevic 77

  Ranko Helc 81

T59.Bahrain (BRN) – 154 OC (+12)

  Hamad Mubarak 76

  Abdulla Sultan 78

  Nasser Yacoob 79

T59.Estonia (EST) – 156 IC (+12)

  Martin Jarve 76

  Marten Palm 80

  Sander Aadusaar 81

T59.United Arab Emirates (UAE) – 156 IC (+12)

  Khalid Al Jasmi 74

  Rashid Hamood 82

  Sohail Al Marzouqi 82

62.Mauritius (MRI) – 155 OC (+13)

  Ian Espitalier Noel 77

  Ludovic Bax 78

  Brent Sussens 87

63.Ghana (GHA) – 164 OC (+22)

  Maxwell Owusu-Bonsu 81

  Peter Amenyo 83

64.Ukraine (UKR) – 170 OC (+28)

  Artur Badiuk 82

  Fedir Karhapolov 88

  Emir Priadko 89

65.Gabon (GAB) – 174 OC (+32)

  Thomas Mba Agostino 86

  Leon-Paul Lobo 88

  Kevin Aboumi Mouba 88

66.El Salvador (ESA) – 179 OC (+37)

  Sebastian Bettaglio 89

  Gerardo Alvarez 90

  Ricardo Reyes 100

67.Kyrgyzstan (KGZ) – 189 OC (+47)

  Sergey Kim 92

  Konstantin Surikov 97

  Andrey Sazanov 97

Source: USGA

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