Oct. 28, 2006
STELLENBOSCH, South Africa - Dawie Van Der Walt, a junior on the Lamar University men's golf team, fired a 6-under par 66 Saturday to move into a tie for 13th place individually and help South Africa move into a tied for 12th place at the World Amateur Team Championship.
The format for the team competition consists of three golfers from each country playing four rounds of stroke-play. The top two scores will be counted toward the country's team total. The event is being played on two courses, the De Zalve Golf Club (Par-72, 6,966-yards) and the Stellenbosch Golf Club (Par-72, 6,835-yards).
A native of Cape Town, South Africa, Van Der Walt got off to a good start with a birdie on the par-4 first hole. He followed with birdies on the third, fifth and seventh holes. He made an eagle on the par-5 eighth hole and followed with a birdie on the ninth to make the turn at 7-under 29.
After making bogey on the 10th hole, he rebounded with birdies on the 13th and 14th holes to get to 8-under for his round. But he bogeyed the 15th and 16th holes to come in at 6-under 66 on the Stellenbosch course. He went from T-63rd after Friday's second round to tied for 13th with a 54-hole total of 3-under 72-75-66--213.
Netherlands shot an 8-under 136 Saturday to over take Canada in the team standings with a 54-hole total of 417. The United States shot a 4-under 140 and is in a three-way tie for second with Wales and Canada with a 54-hole total of 419. Wales made the biggest move of the day with a 12-under 132 and Canada shot a 3-under 141. South Africa shot a 6-under 136 to move into a tie for 12th place at 426.
Will Blessings of Netherlands shot a 6-under 66 to take over the individual lead with a 54-hole score of 11-under 205. Chris Kirk of USA, who plays collegiately at Georgia, fired a 2-under 70 and is in second place at 9-under 207. Wales' Rhys Davies, who plays collegiately at East Tennessee State, had the round of the day with an 8-under 64.
The World Amateur Team Championship, which is held every two years, concludes Sunday with the final 18 holes in the 72-hole event and the winning team will be awarded the Eisenhower Trophy.