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Durban of South Africa and St. George's of Canada to play in World Club Championship Final on Friday

Results from Thursday's Second Round Qualifying and Semifinals, Friday's Final Schedule

May 23, 2013

Murray Gilson, finalist in Match Play from Durban CC, South Africa, also pictured his partner Graeme Inggs (left) and the Oitavos Dunes team

The Second Round Qualifying Four Ball Stroke Play for the 2013 World Club Championship was played to advance four teams into the semifinals of match play based on the cumulative score from yesterday and today. Once again, close to the top of Mt. Halla on Jeju Island at Nine Bridges in South Korea, the weather was in the high 70's with a slight breeze for nearly perfect playing conditions.

Of the 22 teams, 12 were under par with the team of Murray Gilson and Graeme Inggs of Durban Country Club, South Africa and Portmarnock Golf Club, Ireland's team of John Greene and Stephen Walsh finishing tied for first place with a 131 minus 13.

Sunningdale Golf Club, England's team of Marcus Ferguson Jones and Stephen Ross came in third at 136 minus 8. St. George's Golf & Country Club's team Mark Elgner and Craig Sinclair was the fourth team to qualify for match play with a 137 minus 7.

Teams teed off No. 1 and No. 10 of the Creek course for 18 holes which lasted nearly five hours. Contenders close on the heels of the four qualifying teams were two USA teams. Rick Baird and James Wisniewski of Muirfield Village Golf Club and Rich Berglund and Steve Leone of Oakmont Country Club tied for 5th with a 138 minus 6.

A total of 83 birdies were posted and 4 eagles which were all scored on No. 18. Also there were 11 birdies on the Par 5 No. 18 while the Par 5 No. 12 had 10 birdies and Par 5 No. 9 had 7 birdies and Par 5 No. 3 had 8 birdies. The only hole without any birdies was the Par 3 No. 7.

Following an hour's break for lunch, the four semi-finalists took to the course on the No. 1 Creek Course for match play. The teams were playing for much more than bragging rights. Each team was playing for a chance to win the Jay H Lee trophy and carry it home to be displayed at their club for the next year.

Match play finalist Mark Elgner of St. George's, Canada

The match between Durban and Sunningdale began all square until hole No. 4 when Sunningdale went 1 Up and 2 Up after No. 5. Durban won the next 3 holes to be 1 Up after No. 8. Sunningdale won No. 9 so it was an all squared match through No. 11. Durban won No. 12 and No. 13 to go 2 Up until No. 17 that was won by Sunningdale. The match concluded on No. 18 with a Durban win for a result of 2 Up.

Pormarnock and St. George's began with St. George's going 1 Up on No. 2 followed by Portmarnock winning No. 4 and 5 to move into 1 Up through No. 9. On No. 10 St. George's won, No. 11 won and No. 13 was won by St. George's. At this point, the match was all squared until St. George's won No. 16 to go 1 Up which is how the match ended.

Tomorrow is the Finals of the Match Play between Durban and St. George's who finished a close second to Seminole at Diamante last year. The 3rd and 4th Place teams of Portmarnock and Sunningdale will play for an automatic invitation in 2014. Also tomorrow, the remaining 18 teams will compete in the Chairman's Division and the winning team will receive an automatic invitation for 2014 as well.

Thursday's Results (May 23)

Rank Team 1st Rnd Score 2nd Rnd Score Total
1
Durban - 1st
66
65
131
2
Portmarnock - 1st
68
63
131
3
Sunningdale - 2nd
69
67
136
4
St. George's - 3rd
69
68
137
5
Murfield Village
70
68
138
6
Oakmont
71
67
138
7
Kingston Heath
68
71
139
8
Royal St. George's
68
71
139
9
Diamante
68
72
140
10
Oitavos Dunes
67
73
140
11
Royal Melbourne
70
70
140
12
Seminole
70
70
140
13
Valderrama
73
72
145
14
Royal Troon
76
69
145
15
St. Andrews
73
73
146
16
Royal Portrush
75
72
147
17
Pine Valley
75
74
149
18
Los Angeles
76
74
150
19
Haesley
77
75
152
20
Tokyo
74
79
153
21
Morfontaine
76
85
161
22
Nine Bridges
85
80
165

Semifinal Results

Durban Defeated Sunningdale
2UP
St. George's Defeated Portmarnock
1UP

Friday's Final Schedule (May 24)

Time 1st Tee
08:00 Royal Troon Oitavos Dunes
08:10 Los Angeles Diamante
08:20 Royal Melbourne Royal Portrush
08:35 Muirfield Village Kingston Heath
08:45 Tokyo St. Andrews
08: 55 Morfontaine Haesley Nine Bridges
09:10 Royal St. George's Seminole
09:20 Pine Valley Valderrama
09:30 The Club at NINE BRIDGES Oakmont
3rd & 4th Place
10:30 Sunningdale Portmarnock
Final
10:40 Durban St. George's

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