DURHAM, N.C. - Duke senior Tim Gornik (Slovenia) and freshman Motin Yeung (Hong Kong) are competing for their respective countries at the at the 2012 World Amateur Team Championship. The event will be played Oct. 4-7 at Antalya Golf Club (PGA Sultan Course) and Cornelia Golf Club in Antalya, Turkey.
Gornik has played 60 rounds of golf as a member of the Blue Devil program, posting a 73.5 stroke average with 19 rounds of even-par or better golf. The Ljubljana, Slovenia, native has eight top 20 finishes including a pair of top 10 showings in his career. He posted a career-best tie for sixth at the 2011 Rod Myers Invitational.
Yeung opened his Duke career with a tie for sixth finish at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate. The Beijing, China, native fired rounds of 70-71-73 for a two-under 214.
A record 72 teams have entered the 2012 World Amateur Team Championship. The biennial competition has been played since 1958, with the winner taking home the Eisenhower Trophy. France won the 2010 title in Buenos Aires, Argentina, by four strokes over Denmark and five over the USA. The USA last won the championship in 2004, and has captured the trophy a record 13 times.
The World Amateur Team title is determined by four days of stroke play. A country may field a team of two or three players. In each round, the total of the two lowest scores constitutes the team score for the round. The four-day total is the team's score for the championship.
The championship is played in conjunction with the Women's World Amateur Team Championship, was played Sept. 27-30 at Gloria Golf Club (Old and New Courses), also in Antalya. The Turkish Golf Federation will serve as host of the 2012 championships.
The World Amateur Team Championships are conducted by the International Golf Federation, which was founded in 1958 to encourage the international development of the game and to employ golf as a vehicle to foster friendship and sportsmanship. The IGF, the International Olympic Committee's international federation for golf, comprises the national governing bodies of golf in more than 125 countries, and it will conduct the golf competition at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Live scoring for the 2012 World Amateur Team Championships will be available at www.golfstat.com.
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