Team Canada

United States maintains lead, Canada finishes strong after third round at the 33rd World Amateur Team Championship

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Piercen Hunt of Canada plays his tee shot at the 12th hole during the third round of the World Amateur Team Championship at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, United Arab Emirates on Friday, Oct. 20, 2023 (Copyright USGA/Steven Gibbons)

Piercen Hunt recorded first career hole-in-one on par-3 fourth hole

Team Canada had a day to remember on Friday, highlighted by Piercen Hunt’s first career hole-in-one on the par-3 fourth hole at the World Amateur Team Championship. Hunt, from Hartland, Wis. hit a pitching wedge from 136 yards to record the ace. It was the first WATC ace since the final round of the 2018 championship, which was recorded by Esteban Restrepo of Colombia. “That’s my first ever hole-in-one. It landed a bit short [of the hole], took a couple hops and went in. It was crazy,” said Hunt. He finished the day with a 2-under 70 to sit at 8-over for the tournament.

Teammates Ashton McCulloch of Kingston, Ont. and Brady McKinlay of Lacombe, Alta. both fired rounds of 4-under 68 to move Canada up to 23rd place and combined score of 8-under for the tournament. Both McCulloch and McKinlay are T38 in the individual standings at 4-under for the tournament.

The United States of America, propelled by a 5-under 67 from world No. 2 Gordon Sargent, tallied 14 birdies amongst its three players and strengthened its lead to four stokes after Round 3 of the World Amateur Team Championship at Abu Dhabi Golf Club. Sargent, who leads the individual leaderboard at 12-under par, rattled off four birdies in his opening eight holes, highlighted by a 35-foot putt on the par-4 sixth.

The Americans, who are seeking their first Eisenhower Trophy win since 2014, stand at 24-under par at 408 with France and Norway sharing a tie for second at 412. The USA’s Nick Dunlap and David Ford each finished with 3-under 69s, bringing the team’s third round tally to an 8-under 136. Only two of each team’s best three scores count toward the total.

France, with a 5-under 67 from Bastien Amat and a 72 from Hugo Le Goff, lost ground to the Americans while remaining in second place alongside Norway.

Norway, which is eyeing its first medal in team history, climbed nine places on the strength of a 6-under 66 showing from Michael Mjaaseth and a 4-under 68 from Herman Sekne, who is No. 24 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking®. The 10-under team total led the field in the third round.

Australia remains in solo fourth place with a three-day total of 413 after a 4-under 68 from Jeffrey Guan and a 71 from Jack Buchanon. 

Czechia holds fifth place at 414, followed by the Netherlands and South Africa tied for sixth. The defending champion Italians are eight strokes off the lead in solo eighth place.


What’s Next:

The final round begins Saturday at 6:30 a.m. local time with a two-tee start on the National Course at Abu Dhabi Golf Club. The leading teams of USA, France and Norway will occupy the final tee times of 12:06, 12:17 and 12:28 p.m. off the 1st tee.

Results from Friday’s third round of the 2023 World Amateur Team Championships, played at par-72 Abu Dhabi Golf Club (National Course), in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. 

1      United States of America, USA 135-137-136–408
          Nick Dunlap 69-67-69–205
          Gordon Sargent 67-70-67–204
          David Ford 68-74-69—211

T2     France, FRA 135-138-139–412
          Hugo Le Goff 67-68-72–207
          Bastien Amat 68-70-67–205
          Paul Beauvy 68-73-74—215

T2     Norway, NOR 144-134-134–412
          Herman Sekne 73-64-68–205
          Michael Mjaaseth 71-70-66–207
          Mats Ege 75-77-71–223

4      Australia, AUS 137-137-139–413
          Karl Vilips 69-68-73–210
          Jeff Guan 68-69-68–205
          Jack Buchanan 76-72-71—219

5      Czechia, CZE 139-135-140–414
          Filip Jakubcik 69-67-70–206
          Petr Hruby 72-68-70–210
          Louis Klein 70-72-73—215

T6     Netherlands, NED 136-140-139–415
          Jack Ingham 70-70-69–209
          Lars van der Vight 77-70-70–217
          Benjamin Reuter 66-71-76—213

T6     South Africa, RSA 139-138-138–415
          Christo Lamprecht 71-68-68–207
          Christiaan Maas 70-70-71–211
          Altin van der Merwe 69-71-70—210

8      Italy, ITA 142-138-136–416
          Pietro Bovari 69-67-69–205
          Riccardo Fantinelli 74-71-70–215
          Flavio Michetti 73-73-67—213

T9     New Zealand, NZL 139-139-139–417
          Jayden Ford 74-69-73–216
          Kazuma Kobori 70-70-67–207
          Sam Jones 69-72-72—213

T9     People’s Republic of China, CHN 138-135-144–417
          Zihang Qiu 69-67-71–207
          Justin Bai 69-68-73–210
          Ziqin Zhou 76-69-79—224

T11    Denmark, DEN 137-138-143–418
          Frederik Kjettrup 75-67-72–214
          Jacob Olesen 68-71-71–210
          Gustav Frimodt 69-75-72—216

T11    Mexico, MEX 143-133-142–418
          Santiago De La Fuente del Valle 71-66-72–209
          José Islas Valdespino 75-67-74–216
          Omar Morales 72-68-70—210

13     Colombia, COL 142-139-138–419
          Nicolas Quintero 69-69-67–205
          Manuel Merizalde 76-70-73–219
          Carlos Conde 73-72-71—216

T14    Chinese Taipei, TPE 143-136-141–420
          Chuan-Tai Lin 72-66-72–210
          Ching Hung Su 71-70-72–213
          Chi Chun Chen 74-77-69—220

T14    Spain, ESP 138-140-142–420

          Luis Masaveu Roncal 69-70-74–213
          Angel Ayora 71-70-76–217
          José Luis Ballester 69-72-68—209

T16    Republic of Korea, KOR 144-142-135–421
          Seonghyeon An 73-70-65–208
          Donghyun Moon 71-72-70–213
          Sungho Lee 74-72-74—220

T16    Argentina, ARG 137-138-146–421
          Vicente Marzilio 69-68-72–209
          Joaquín Ludueña 70-70-74–214
          Segundo Oliva Pinto 68-72-76—216

T16    Scotland, SCO 141-140-140–421
          Calum Scott 71-69-72–212
          Connor Graham 70-71-68–209
          Gregor Tait 78-79-72—229

T19    Wales, WAL 142-139-141–422
          James Ashfield 72-68-71–211
          Tomi Bowen 70-71-70–211
          Matt Roberts 75-71-75—221

T19    Ireland, IRL 145-139-138–422
          Matthew McClean 72-68-68–208
          Liam Nolan 75-71-70–216
          Alex Maguire 73-73-72—218

T19    England, ENG 137-143-142–422
          Tyler Weaver 68-71-70–209
          Jack Bigham 72-72-72–216
          Barclay Brown 69-73-72—214

22     Japan, JPN 142-140-141–423
          Minato Oshima 70-70-70–210
          Yuta Sugiura 72-70-71–213
          Riura Matsui 75-70-73—218

23     Canada, CAN 146-142-136–424
          Ashton McCulloch 74-70-68–212
          Brady McKinlay 72-72-68–212
          Piercen Hunt 80-74-70—224

T24    Morocco, MAR 141-142-143–426
          Soufiane Dahmane 69-69-72–210
          El Mehdi Fakori 75-73-73–221
          Hugo Mazen Trometter 72-74-71—217

T24    Sweden, SWE 145-141-140–426

          Albert Hansson 79-70-71–220
          Daniel Svard 70-71-73–214
          Tobias Jonsson 75-71-69—215

T26    Germany, GER 141-141-145–427
          Jonas Baumgartner 71-70-70–211
          Tiger Christensen 73-71-76–220
          Tim Wiedemeyer 70-72-75—217

T26    Switzerland, SUI 142-142-143–427
          Max Sturdza 70-68-71–209
          Nicola Gerhardsen 74-74-72–220
          Marc Keller 72-80-75—227

28     Guatemala, GUA 146-143-139–428
          Gabriel Palacios 72-70-73–215
          Alejandro Villavicencio 82-73-73–228
          Juan Ricardo Davila 74-74-66—214

29     Austria, AUT 147-144-138–429

          Christoph Bleier 73-71-66–210
          Fabian Lang 78-73-72–223
          Florian Schweighofer 74-77-79—230

30     Finland, FIN 149-139-144–432

          Elias Haavisto 77-67-71–215
          Jesse Saareks 74-72-76–222
          Markus Luoma 75-75-73—223

31     Thailand, THA 149-145-141–435
          Ashita Piamkulvanich 74-70-70–214
          Parin Sarasmut 75-75-71–221
          Jiradech Chaowarat 75-77-73—225

32     Singapore, SIN 154-142-143–439

          Ryan Ang 78-71-71–220
          Hiroshi Hirahara Tai 79-71-72–222
          Troy Storm 76-78-75—229

33     India, IND 150-142-148–440
          Yuvraj Singh 74-70-72–216
          Rohit Narwal 79-72-76–227
          Shaurya Bhattacharya 76-73-76—225

34     Zimbabwe, ZIM 143-147-151–441
          Tafadzwa Nyamukondiwa 70-72-74–216
          Keegan James Shutt 82-75-78–235
          David Amm 73-76-77—226

35     United Arab Emirates, UAE 155-153-153–461
          Ahmad Skaik 80-74-80–234
          Rayan Ahmed 79-79-75–233
          Thomas Nesbitt 76-80-78—234

36     Guam, GUM 169-158-157–484
          Nalapon Vongjalorn 84-78-83–245
          Markus Nanpei 86-80-74–240
          Eugene Park 85-86-85–256