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Canadian golfers tied for seventh at World Amateur Championship

The Canadian Press

10/4/2012 12:42:51 PM

ANTALYA, Turkey -- Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont., Albin Choi of Toronto and Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., combined for an opening-round score of 6-under Thursday at the World Amateur Team Championship.

The Canadian trio is tied for seventh with Venezuela and Zimbabwe at the 72-team tournament. The United States lead at 13 under, while Mexico is second at 9 under and South Korea third at 8 under.

Hughes led Canada in scoring after carding an opening-round 5 under that featured four birdies and an eagle. He is tied for third on the individual leaderboard, three shots back of American Chris Williams.

Conners shot 1 under while Choi shot even par.

"It was a decent start for the guys today," said Canada coach Derek Ingram. "Mackenzie played very well, and Corey and Albin played solid but didn't get much out of their rounds.

"A low round was out there for the team, but we just couldn't convert several opportunities. Still, everyone is playing well, and we're excited for a good day tomorrow."

Canada has won the tournament once (1986) in 26 appearances.

Several prominent golfers, including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Jack Nicklaus, played at the World Amateur Team Championship before turning pro.