ROUND 1 LEADERBOARD
The Australian men’s team of Daniel Nisbet (QLD), Cameron Smith (QLD) and Matthew Stieger (NSW) are in a tie for 34th place and will need to rally following a tough opening round of the Eisenhower Trophy at the World Amateur Team Championships in Antalya, Turkey.
The Australians began their campaign with a team total 3-over par on Cornelia Golf Club’s Faldo Course to sit tied with South Africa, Turkey, Brazil and Bermuda.
Smith finished with the best round of the day for the Australians, shooting a 1-over par 73 while Stieger posted the other counting score with a 2-over par 74.
Nisbet finished with a 4-over par 76.
The round leaves the Australians 16 strokes behind the United States who lead following a 13-under par team total. World Number 1 American Chris Williams finished with an 8-under par 64 while World Number 3 Justin Thomas finished with a 5-under par 67.
The second round takes place tonight (AEST) with the Australians moving to Antalya Golf Club’s Sultan Course.
The Australian men’s team last won the Eisenhower Trophy in 1996 in a team that included Jamie Crow, David Gleeson, Jarrod Moseley and Brett Partridge.
Each team has two or three players and plays 72 holes of stroke play over four days. In each round, the total of the two lowest scores from each team constitutes the team score for the round. The four-day (72-hole) total is the team’s score for the championship.