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Second Day of Competition at the 2016 World Club Championship


2016 WCC First Round

Bangkok, Thailand (December 8, 2016) - Day two of the Amazing Kingdom of Thailand 2016 World Club Championship at Ayodhya Links began with 25 teams vying to be one of the 4 to advance to match play. Overnight leaders Geoff Lenehan and Jack Pierse of Portmarnock from Ireland came out hot with a birdie at 2, followed by a spectacular eagle at the long par 5 3rd. Lenehan ripped a 3 wood from 270 yards that barely carried the water in front of the green, trundling up 8 feet away from the pin. He would make the putt, and Portmarnock would get in the clubhouse in the lead at 11 under.

Los Angeles Country Club also got off to a good start thanks to some fantastic putting. John Callaghan made bombs for birdie on 7 and 9, and Sandy Horacek did the same on 8 and 11, which would briefly tie them for the lead. They came in at 9 under, looking good to make the match play.

The round of the day belonged to the Aussies of Royal Melbourne, Matias Sanchez and Will Heffernan. The pair made 10 birdies along with 0 bogeys, adding up to a smooth 62. That would get them in a tie with Portmarnock for 1st.

The 4th spot came down to the team of Enrique Guzman and David Reneker, Diamante from Mexico. The Pine Valley, USA team of Gene Elliott and Mike McCoy and Diamante were paired together and came out scorching hot, both shooting 5 under 3 1s on the front side. They cooled off on the back though, matching again at even par, but getting in the house at 7 under.

For Royal St. George’s Karl Gilbert and Richard Osterdahl, it was the opposite, parring the first 13 holes. They finally made a birdie at 14, followed by clutch birdies from Osterdahl at 17 and 18, which would get them in at 8 under and secure the final match play spot.

So the matches were set, with Royal Melbourne the top seed playing Royal St. George’s, and Portmarnock playing Los Angeles.

The first 9 holes of the matches were completed in the afternoon, and after some tough battles, Royal Melbourne and Royal St. George’s are all square, and Portmarnock holds a 2 up lead on Los Angeles Country Club. Things will get going early tomorrow with the conclusion of the semifinals, and the Chairman’s Division stroke play consolation matches, followed by the Match Play final, where a new 2016 World Club Champion will be crowned.

Club To Par R1 R2 Total
1 Portmarnock Golf Club -11 65 68 133
2 Royal Melbourne Golf Club -11 71 62 133
3 Los Angeles Country Club -9 67 68 135
4 Royal St. George's Golf Club -8 66 70 136
T5 Pine Valley Golf Club -7 70 67 137
T5 Diamante Golf Club -7 70 67 137
7 Thai National -5 68 71 139
T8 Oakmont Country Club -4 72 68 140
T8 Riviera Country Club -4 70 70 140
T10 Oitavos Dunes -3 73 68 141
T10 Real Club Valderrama -3 70 71 141
T10 Baltusrol Golf Club -3 69 72 141
T13 St. Andrews Golf Club -2 71 71 142
T13 Morfontaine Golf Club -2 71 71 142
15 The Olympic Club Par 70 74 144
T16 Royal Troon Golf Club +1 74 71 145
T16 Shinnecock Hills Golf Club +1 73 72 145
T18 The Club at Nine Bridges +3 77 70 147
T18 Shanqin Bay Golf Club +3 70 77 147
20 Royal Portrush Golf Club +4 76 72 148
T21 Seminole Golf Club +5 78 71 149
T21 Sunningdale Golf Club +5 72 77 149
23 St. George's Golf & Country Club +9 80 73 153
24 Ayodhya Links +10 77 77 154
25 Tokyo Golf Club +11 79 76 155
26 Merion Golf Club +12 75 81 156

 

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