Cameron Davis, Curtis Luck and Harrison Endycott combined in the most superb of manners with Davis taking out individual honours by two shots over Luck and while Endycott did not enjoy the best of things over the final 36 holes he had certainly played his part in establishing the unassailable early lead for the Australians.
It was the first time since 1996 when David Gleeson, Jamie Crowe, Brett Partridge and Jarrod Moseley combined in Manila that an Australian side has won the coveted trophy.
“This is by far the best I have played in such a big tournament,” said Davis, who finished second in both the Asia-Pacific Amateur and Australian Amateur last year. “It was just an honor to be in this tournament in the first place and representing my country, but to come away with a win is pretty special.”
Luck, the 2016 U.S. Amateur champion, followed Friday’s sparkling 9-under 63 at the par-72, 6,888-yard/6,386-meter Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club with six birdies and three bogeys during his fourth round.
“We came out with a pretty good strategy around both courses,” said Luck, who also captured this year’s Western Australian Open and is No. 3 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking™. “We did a really good job in the practice rounds of setting out where the pins would be and fortunately we pretty much got them all right. We did things extremely professionally.”
Austria and Ireland tied for 3rd position, one shot behind England while the New Zealand side recovered from a slow start to share 6th position with the USA.
The three Australians will now head for Korea and the Asia Pacific Amateur Championship beginning on October 6th in Incheon where any one of them must now be considered amongst the favourites to take that title.
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