RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO (Sept. 22, 2016) – Thanks to the strong play by Adrian Meronk (Wroclaw, Poland) and Mateusz Gradecki (Oborniki Slaskie, Poland) the Buccaneer duo has Team Poland among the leaders at the midway point of the World Amateur Championships from the Iberostar Playa Paraiso and Mayakoba El Camaleon Golf Clubs in Riviera Maya, Mexico.
Meronk – who began the day tied for the individual lead at 6-under – carded a 2-under 69 and is in third at 8-under-par 135 following 36 holes of competition. The former Buccaneer All-American and two-time Southern Conference Player of the Year totaled two of his three birdies on the back nine at the Mayakoba El Camaleon Golf Club, while also registering 14 pars and one bogey. Meanwhile, Gradecki shot a 1-under 70 on Thursday and is tied for 45th at 1-under-par 142. Gradecki began his round with six consecutive pars before a birdie on the par-5 No. 7; however, the Buccaneer senior bogeyed two of his next three holes to move to 1-over thru 10. Gradecki bounced back with a birdie on the par-4 No. 11 and again carded a birdie on the par-5 No. 13 before ending his round with five straight pars to post the 70.
Team Poland sits in fourth-place at 9-under-par 277, while Australia is atop the leaderboard at 19-under-par 267. After opening the day in a tie for seventh, the United States shot an 6-under 138 en route to moving into second-pace at 11-under-par 275, while Switzerland is in third at 10-under-par 276. The Americans are vying to become the first team to win three straight WATC championships since the accomplished the feat from 2000-04.
Fellow Buccaneer Gudmundur Kristjansson (Reykjavik, Iceland) is also tied with Gradecki in 45th. Kristjansson – who totaled five birdies on Thursday – shot an even-par 72.
Cameron Davis and Harrison Endycott of Australia sit 1-2 atop the individual leaderboard. Davis holds a one shot lead at 10-under-par 133, while his teammate is at 9-under-par 134.
Seventeen of the top 25 players in the World Amateur Golf Rankings are playing this weekend at the World Amateur Team Championships – including Meronk who ranks No. 8. Meronk is also one of 15 players competition this weekend that earned All-American honors from a year ago.
Third round play begins Friday morning on both the Iberostar Playa Paraiso and Mayakoba El Camaleon Golf Courses. Click here for live scoring.
ABOUT THE WORLD AMATEUR TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
Conducted by the International Golf Federation (formerly the World Amateur Golf Council), which comprises the national governing bodies of golf in more than 125 countries, the World Amateur Team Championships are a biennial international amateur golf competition rotated among three geographic zones of the world: Asia-Pacific, American and European-African.
Each team has two or three players and plays 18-holes of stroke play for four days. 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.
IGF National Members may enter one women’s team and one men’s team. Players must be amateur golfers under the Rules of Amateur Status of the R&A and the United States Golf Association and a National of the country which the competitor is representing as defined in the IGF’s Nationality Policy.
The winning team in the men’s competition receives custody of the Eisenhower Trophy for the ensuing two years. Members of the winning teams receive gold medals, members of the second-place teams receive silver medals and members of the third-place teams receive bronze medals. The lowest individual score in each championship is recognized at the respective closing ceremony, but no prize is awarded.