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KARUIZAWA, Japan – Argentina passed Canada and took the second-round lead, with a 5-under 66 from Jaime Lopez Rivarola and a 4-under 67 from Alejandro Tosti, at the 2014 World Amateur Team Championship at Karuizawa 72 Golf East.

The Argentines, who began the day in fourth-position, posted a 9-under 133 at the Oshitate Course to hold a one-stroke lead over Sweden, Switzerland and the USA at 18-under-par 268, which ties for the second-lowest 36-hole total in championship history. First-round co-leader Canada lost four strokes in the last three holes to hold fifth place at 270.

“We plan for the tournament, but you’ve also got to plan each round,” said Argentine captain Matias Anselmo. “What we try to do every day is stay under par. It doesn’t matter if it’s one or two or five, we just want to make sure that we’re under par because we know that at this kind of golf course the scores are going to be low. If you get some momentum, you’ve got to take advantage of it. They know that as soon as they get a chance, they’ve got to go for it. The teams chasing us are really good so we know we’ve got to keep it up.”

Lopez Rivarola, who is sophomore at the University of Georgia in the USA, posted six birdies and a bogey. Tosti, who will enroll at the University of Florida and played in the 2014 British Amateur and the St Andrews Trophy, logged an eagle and five birdies but also had a bogey and a double. Matias Simaski shot a non-counting 71.

“We planned our round to try and come out strong from the start,” said Lopez Rivarola. “We knew the back nine at Oshitate was more accessible than the front and we did a really good job with some good birdies from 10 to 18.”

Canada, which shared the lead with Sweden and Switzerland after the first round, held the lead at 19-under par through 15 holes.

“Both days, we gave a few shots back on the way in,” said Canadian captain Graham Hill. “It’s something we will talk about tonight. There are lots of low scores and it’s a bunched up leaderboard. While it’s not exactly what we wanted, 6-under is still a good score and we are still right there.”

The trio of teams in second place also played the par-71 Oshitate Course as Sweden and Switzerland both posted 7-under 135 and the USA tallied 9-under 133 to match the low team score of the day with Argentina, Scotland and Spain.

The USA counted a 5-under 66 from Beau Hossler, the 2014 Western Amateur champion, and a  4-under 67 from Bryson DeChambeau. Denny McCarthy shot a 68, which ties the record for lowest non-counting score.

“The guys played really well today,” said USA captain Jim Hyler. “We’ve had six rounds all in the 60s. We left some shots out there but still made lots of good shots and I’m really pleased with the way they hung in there today. We’re trending very well.”

Sweden’s Marcus Kinhult, No.4 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking™ (WAGR), shot a 5-under 66 and teammate Adam Blomme tallied a 69.

“It’s a really good position but it didn’t look like that until the last few holes when we were able to get the putts in for birdies,” Sweden captain Bjorn Engstrom said. “We just try to keep them in a good mood. They are fun guys and they have a really good time together. That’s the most important thing, not to think too much about the position but just to play every hole the best they can.”

For Switzerland, Benjamin Rusch posted a 5-under 66 and Mathias Eggenberger added a 2-under 69.

“We had a very good day, a solid day,” said Swiss captain Toni Matti of his team, which finished with half the field still to complete its rounds. “But you never know, the big nations are still out there and other nations will be coming near us. It will be quite a challenge but my players are in fantastic shape.”

Spain’s John Rahm, WAGR No. 13, shot the low round of the championship, a 7-under 64 at Oshitate and was joined by Australia’s Lucas Herbert, WAGR No. 19, who shot 8-under 64 at Iriyama.

Spain is tied for sixth at 271 with Scotland and England. Australia and Denmark share ninth position at 273, followed by Chinese Taipei, France, Germany, Italy and Mexico tied for 11th. The host team from Japan is in 21st place.

Play was suspended at 12:08 p.m., for dangerous weather, and resumed at 1 p.m.

Thirty-five teams have posted sub-par totals after 36 holes and 63 sub-par scores counted in the second round, breaking the record of 45 in 2006.

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.

The teams at in the upper half of scoring will play the Oshitate Course in the third round and the Iriyama Course in the fourth round. The teams in the bottom half will play Iriyama and then Oshitate.

KARUIZAWA, Japan (11 Sept.) — Results of Thursday’s second 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.

1.Argentina (ARG) – 135 IC-133 OC — 268 (-18)

  Jaime Lopez Rivarola 67-66–133

  Alejandro Tosti 68-67–135

  Matias Simaski 72-70–142

T2.Sweden (SWE) – 134 IC-135 OC — 269 (-17)

  Marcus Kinhult 65-66–131

  Adam Blomme 72-69–141

  Hannes Ronneblad 69-74–143

T2.Switzerland (SUI) – 134 IC-135 OC — 269 (-17)

  Benjamin Rusch 68-66–134

  Mathias Eggenberger 66-69–135

  Marco Iten 72-70–142

T2.United States of America (USA) – 136 IC-133 OC — 269 (-17)

  Beau Hossler 68-66–134

  Denny McCarthy 68-68–136

  Bryson DeChambeau 69-67–136

5.Canada (CAN) – 134 IC-136 OC — 270 (-16)

  Taylor Pendrith 68-67–135

  Corey Conners 66-69–135

  Adam Svensson 69-69–138

T6.England (ENG) – 136 IC-135 OC — 271 (-15)

  Benjamin Stow 67-67–134

  Ryan Evans 72-68–140

  Ashley Chesters 69-72–141

T6.Scotland (SCO) – 138 IC-133 OC — 271 (-15)

  Grant Forrest 68-68–136

  Bradley Neil 72-65–137 (pictured)

  Chris Robb 70-74–144

T6.Spain (ESP) – 138 IC-133 OC — 271 (-15)

  Jon Rahm 70-64–134

  Mario Galiano 68-69–137

  Daniel Berna 75-69–144

T9.Australia (AUS) – 137 OC-136 IC — 273 (-13)

  Lucas Herbert 69-64–133

  Ryan Ruffels 68-73–141

  Geoff Drakeford 71-72–143

T9.Denmark (DEN) – 133 OC-140 IC — 273 (-13)

  Nicolai Kristensen 66-70–136

  Martin Leth Simonsen 67-70–137

  Niklas Noergaard Moeller 72-70–142

T11.Chinese Taipei (TPE) – 137 OC-137 IC — 274 (-12)

  Chun-An Yu 67-67–134

  Cheng-Tsung Pan 70-70–140

  Wei-Lun Wang 75-73–148

T11.France (FRA) – 140 IC-134 OC — 274 (-12)

  Victor Perez 69-65–134

  Clement Sordet 71-69–140

  Robin Sciot Siegrist 72-78–150

T11.Germany (GER) – 137 OC-137 IC — 274 (-12)

  Hurly Long 67-69–136

  Maximilian Mehles 70-68–138

  Maximilian Rottluff 71-71–142

T11.Italy (ITA) – 140 IC-134 OC — 274 (-12)

  Renato Paratore 69-67–136

  Enrico Di Nitto 71-70–141

  Guido Migliozzi 75-67–142

T11.Mexico (MEX) – 138 IC-136 OC — 274 (-12)

  Gerardo Ruiz De La Concha 68-67–135

  Alvaro Ortiz Becerra 71-69–140

  Aaron Terrazas Morales 70-71–141

T16.Austria (AUT) – 140 IC-135 OC — 275 (-11)

  Lukas Lipold 72-66–138

  Robin Goger 69-69–138

  Markus Maukner 71-72–143

T16.Chile (CHI) – 136 OC-139 IC — 275 (-11)

  Matias Dominguez 67-68–135

  Guillermo Pereira 69-71–140

  Martin Cancino 69-77–146

T18.Belgium (BEL) – 138 OC-138 IC — 276 (-10)

  Thomas Detry 68-70–138

  Kevin Hesbois 70-68–138

  Samuel Echikson 75-75–150

T18.Czech Republic (CZE) – 135 OC-141 IC — 276 (-10)

  Simon Zach 67-67–134

  Vitek Novak 68-74–142

  Michal Pospisil 76-78–154

T18.Ireland (IRL) – 138 IC-138 OC — 276 (-10)

  Gary Hurley 69-68–137

  Gavin Moynihan 69-70–139

  Paul Dunne 70-70–140

21.Japan (JPN) – 138 IC-140 OC — 278 (-8)

  Kazuya Koura 69-71–140

  Takashi Ogiso 71-69–140

  Kenta Konishi 69-74–143

22.Puerto Rico (PUR) – 137 IC-142 OC — 279 (-7)

  Jeronimo Esteve 67-73–140

  Robi Calvesbert 72-69–141

  Edward Figueroa 70-74–144

T23.Norway (NOR) – 141 IC-139 OC — 280 (-6)

  Kristian Johannessen 71-68–139

  Kristoffer Ventura 70-71–141

  Andreas Halvorsen 74-78–152

T23.People’s Republic of China (CHN) – 142 IC-138 OC — 280 (-6)

  Zecheng Dou 68-72–140

  Jin Zhang 74-69–143

  Zhengkai Bai 75-69–144

T23.Republic of Korea (KOR) – 142 OC-138 IC — 280 (-6)

  Eun-Ho Youm 71-67–138

  Nam-Hun Kim 71-71–142

  Tae-Hyun Kong 73-74–147

T23.Singapore (SIN) – 142 IC-138 OC — 280 (-6)

  Jonathan Woo 70-67–137

  Johnson Poh 72-73–145

  Marc Ong 81-71–152

T23.Venezuela (VEN) – 139 IC-141 OC — 280 (-6)

  Jorge Garcia 66-68–134

  Alejandro Perazzo 73-73–146

  Gustavo Morantes 78-75–153

T28.New Zealand (NZL) – 144 IC-137 OC — 281 (-5)

  Joshua Munn 72-69–141

  Tae Koh 72-69–141

  Vaughan McCall 74-68–142

T28.Slovenia (SLO) – 140 OC-141 IC — 281 (-5)

  Tim Gornik 67-73–140

  Zan Luka Stirn 73-68–141

  Enej Sarkanj 74-75–149

30.Colombia (COL) – 141 OC-141 IC — 282 (-4)

  Nicolas Echavarria 70-69–139

  Santiago Gomez 71-72–143

  Ricardo Celia 71-77–148

T31.India (IND) – 141 IC-142 OC — 283 (-3)

  Udayan Mane 68-70–138

  Feroz Garewal 73-72–145

  Manu Gandas 76-76–152

T31.Wales (WAL) – 138 OC-145 IC — 283 (-3)

  Michael Hearne 68-72–140

  David Boote 70-73–143

  Rhys Pugh 70-73–143

33.Bermuda (BER) – 142 IC-142 OC — 284 (-2)

  Jarryd Dillas 71-70–141

  Will Haddrell 73-72–145

  Mark Phillips 71-80–151

T34.Portugal (POR) – 143 IC-142 OC — 285 (-1)

  Joao Carlota 69-69–138

  Goncalo Costa 74-73–147

  Tomas Silva 80-76–156

T34.Thailand (THA) – 140 OC-145 IC — 285 (-1)

  Suradit Yongcharoenchai 68-71–139

  Nattawat Suvajanakorn 72-75–147

  Chanachok Dejpiratanamongkol 74-74–148

T36.Costa Rica (CRC) – 146 IC-140 OC — 286 (Even)

  Jose Mendez 71-70–141

  Alvaro Ortiz 75-70–145

  Manuel Jimenez 84-84–168

T36.Hong Kong, China (HKG) – 141 OC-145 IC — 286 (Even)

  Matthew Cheung 70-74–144

  Shinichi Mizuno 73-71–144

  Martin Liu 71-82–153

T36.Malaysia (MAS) – 143 IC-143 OC — 286 (Even)

  Kyle Green Gavin 68-72–140

  Low Khai Jei 75-71–146

  Abdul Manaf Muhammad Wafiyuddin 75-76–151

T36.Poland (POL) – 142 IC-144 OC — 286 (Even)

  Mateusz Gradecki 70-71–141

  Adrian Meronk 72-73–145

  Jan Szmidt 79-73–152

T36.South Africa (RSA) – 144 IC-142 OC — 286 (Even)

  Zander Lombard 68-71–139

  Jason Smith 78-71–149

  Gerlou Roux 76-73–149

T41.Brazil (BRA) – 140 OC-147 IC — 287 (+1)

  Andre Tourinho 68-75–143

  Thomaz Pimenta 72-72–144

  Herik Machado 74-82–156

T41.Finland (FIN) – 144 IC-143 OC — 287 (+1)

  Linus Vaisanen 72-70–142

  Kristian Kulokorpi 72-73–145

  Albert Eckhardt 73-73–146

T41.Guatemala (GUA) – 148 IC-139 OC — 287 (+1)

  Jose Pablo Rolz 74-69–143

  Sebastian Barnoya 74-70–144

  Daniel Gurtner 79-71–150

44.Slovakia (SVK) – 144 IC-144 OC — 288 (+2)

  Jan Friesz 72-72–144

  Peter Valasek 75-72–147

  Oliver Gabor 72-78–150

45.Netherlands (NED) – 142 OC-147 IC — 289 (+3)

  Michael Kraaij 71-73–144

  Lars Van Meijel 72-74–146

  Robbie Van West 71-76–147

46.Guam (GUM) – 144 OC-146 IC — 290 (+4)

  Devin Hua 72-68–140

  Louie Sunga 72-78–150

  Daryl Poe 76-83–159

T47.Malta (MLT) – 146 OC-150 IC — 296 (+10)

  Andrew Borg 72-76–148

  John Verlest Micallef 74-76–150

  Daniel Holland 77-74–151

T47.Turkey (TUR) – 152 IC-144 OC — 296 (+10)

  Serkan Akarsu 77-71–148

  Ediz Kemaloglu 76-73–149

  Ali Altuntas 76-77–153

49.Philippines (PHI) – 148 OC-149 IC — 297 (+11)

  Rupert Zaragosa 74-74–148

  Kristoffer Arevalo 75-75–150

  Raymart Tolentino 74-80–154

T50.Fiji (FIJ) – 143 OC-155 IC — 298 (+12)

  Sam Lee 71-77–148

  Olaf Frank Grant Allen 72-78–150

  Abid Hussain 81-80–161

T50.Russian Federation (RUS) – 144 OC-154 IC — 298 (+12)

  Mikhail Morozov 70-78–148

  Nikita Ponomarev 74-77–151

  Pavel Goryainov 77-77–154

52.Dominican Republic (DOM) – 152 IC-147 OC — 299 (+13)

  Francisco Pichardo 81-71–152

  Juan Jose Guerra 77-76–153

  Ernesto Vitienes 75-79–154

53.Uruguay (URU) – 150 OC-151 IC — 301 (+15)

  Juan Alvarez 71-74–145

  Facundo Alvarez 79-77–156

  Agustin Acosta 81-81–162

T54.Estonia (EST) – 156 IC-146 OC — 302 (+16)

  Marten Palm 80-71–151

  Martin Jarve 76-78–154

  Sander Aadusaar 81-75–156

T54.Serbia (SRB) – 154 IC-148 OC — 302 (+16)

  Cedomir Ilic 77-70–147

  Ilija Djurdjevic 77-79–156

  Ranko Helc 81-78–159

T56.Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) – 144 OC-161 IC — 305 (+19)

  Hassan Karimian Noshahr 70-83–153

  Behrod Keshtavar 74-81–155

  Ali Khazanbeik 78-80–158

T56.Jamaica (JAM) – 149 OC-156 IC — 305 (+19)

  Sean Morris 72-79–151

  Jonathan Newnham 77-77–154

  Keith Stein 77-85–162

58.Greece (GRE) – 149 OC-159 IC — 308 (+22)

  Vasileios Koumpakis 70-76–146

  Stamatios Kavadas 79-83–162

  Nikolaos Efthymiadis 79-86–165

59.Bahrain (BRN) – 154 OC-156 IC — 310 (+24)

  Hamad Mubarak 76-76–152

  Abdulla Sultan 78-80–158

  Nasser Yacoob 79-81–160

60.United Arab Emirates (UAE) – 156 IC-157 OC — 313 (+27)

  Khalid Al Jasmi 74-77–151

  Rashid Hamood 82-80–162

  Sohail Al Marzouqi 82-82–164

T61.Mauritius (MRI) – 155 OC-159 IC — 314 (+28)

  Ian Espitalier Noel 77-77–154

  Ludovic Bax 78-82–160

  Brent Sussens 87-85–172

T61.Qatar (QAT) – 153 IC-161 OC — 314 (+28)

  Ali Al Shahrani 77-79–156

  Saleh Al Kaabi 76-82–158

  Abdul Rahman Al Shahrani 90-82–172

63.Ghana (GHA) – 164 OC-162 IC — 326 (+40)

  Maxwell Owusu-Bonsu 81-78–159

  Peter Amenyo 83-84–167

T64.El Salvador (ESA) – 179 OC-169 IC — 348 (+62)

  Gerardo Alvarez 90-84–174

  Sebastian Bettaglio 89-85–174

  Ricardo Reyes 100-97–197

T64.Ukraine (UKR) – 170 OC-178 IC — 348 (+62)

  Artur Badiuk 82-89–171

  Emir Priadko 89-89–178

  Fedir Karhapolov 88-92–180

66.Gabon (GAB) – 174 OC-176 IC — 350 (+64)

  Kevin Aboumi Mouba 88-85–173

  Leon-Paul Lobo 88-91–179

  Thomas Mba Agostino 86-99–185

67.Kyrgyzstan (KGZ) – 189 OC-186 IC — 375 (+89)

  Andrey Sazanov 97-90–187

  Sergey Kim 92-100–192

  Konstantin Surikov 97-96–193

Source: USGA

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