Trio finish in a credible tie for sixth but first world win continues to prove elusive
ENGLAND’S wait for a first Eisenhower Trophy victory goes on after the three-man team of Ben Stow, Ryan Evans and Ashley Chesters finished in a tie for sixth in this year’s edition of the men’s World Amateur Team Championship.
The trio were a combined 32-under-par for four rounds in Karuizara, Japan, as the USA successfully defended the title they won in Turkey two years ago.
Stow contributed half of the English shots, finishing tied-eighth in the individual competition on 16-under-par, seven behind the winner, Spain’s John Rahm.
A total of 67 countries took part in this year’s 29th edition of the biennial event. Since 2002, the four home nations – England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland – have entered the match independently, having previously played in the contest as part of a united Great Britain & Ireland team.
England’s performance this year equals their best-ever finish in the tournament. They also finished tied-sixth in 2006.
Only once in the seven times they have played in the event as independent of GB&I have they finished outside the top ten – they were 14th in 2008 – but, in spite of their consistently impressive finishes, they have been unable to get over the finishing line.
The Americans’ win was their second in succession and 14th in total. Only Great Britain & Ireland and Australia have won the event multiple times.
Meanwhile, in the women’s World Amateur Team Championship for the Espirito Santo Trophy, England finished tied for eighth. The team, comprising Bronte Law, Hayley Davis and Gabriella Cowley, finished a combined 14-under-par thanks, in particular, to a strong display from Law. She broke par in each of the four rounds to vault the team up the leaderboard and herself into a tie for third in the individual standings.
Australia’s Minjee Lee, Su Oh and Shelly Shin finished two shots ahead of the trio from Canada to take the title, with defending champs Korea a further shot adrift in third.
The 2016 World Amateur Team Championships will be held in Cancun, Mexico, with the courses of El Camaleón Golf Club at the Fairmont Mayakoba and the Grand Coral Riviera Maya Resort set to be used.