Oct. 18, 2004 – The V. I. Golf Federation has named six players – three women and three men – to represent the Virgin Islands for the first time ever in the World Amateur Team Championships. Representing the women will be Jean Lambert, Barbara OBrien and Lisa Schmid, while Robert Behling, Bob Lohman and Austin Overby will represent the men.
The World Amateur Team Championships is conducted by the International Golf Federation, which comprises national governing bodies in 100 countries. A record 51 female teams and over 60 male teams from around the world will compete in the World Amateur Team Championships, which will be played Oct. 20-23 for the women, and Oct. 28-31 for the men at Rio Mar Country Club in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.
Jean Lambert has been an ECGA team member representing the U.S.V.I. from 2000-2003, was the womens low-net champion in the 2002 St. Thomas Club Championships, and the 2nd low-net champion in the 2002 St. Thomas Open. Barbara OBrien has most recently been awarded the 2nd low-net champion at the 2003 St. Thomas Open. Team Captain Lisa Schmid has served as a team member in 2004 for the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships, in the 2004 ECGA she won 1st low-net and ladies team 2nd low-gross and holds title to 1st low-net in the 2004 St. Thomas Open and 1st low-gross in the 2004 V.I. Amateur Championships.
Robert Behling has been an ECGA team member representing the Virgin Islands from 2000-2004 and was 2nd low-net in the 2002 St. Thomas Club Championships. Bob Lohman has served as a team member in 2004 for the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships, as an ECGA team member representing the U.S.V.I. from 2000-2004; most recently winning individual 1st low-net, mens team 1st low-net and country 1st low-gross, and winner of 2nd low-gross champion in the 2002 and 2004 St. Thomas Club Championships. As the 2002 St. Thomas Open 1st low-gross Champion, Team Captain Austin Overby brings an illustrious history of golf to the team as a graduate and former player from University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Austin has since contributed many years to the Virgin Islands golf team as a member on ECGA teams from years 1997-2004 and in four Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships.
The World Amateur Team title is determined by four days of stroke play, in which a country may field a team of two or three players. In each round, the total of the two lowest scores by players from each team constitutes the team score for the round. The four-day total is the teams score for the championship.
The World Amateur Team Championship has been played every two years since 1964 for the Espirito Santo Trophy. Australia is the defending womens champions and Team USA is the defending mens champions from the 2002 championship in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The championship is rotated biennially among three geographic zones: Asia-Pacific, American, and European-African. The 2004 competition is hosted by the Puerto Rico Golf Association, which is also celebrating its 50th anniversary. Real-time scoring will be available through the Puerto Rico Golf Associations Web site www.prga.org. The V. I. Golf Federation, a V. I. non-profit corporation promotes golf through clinics, competition and disseminating information throughout the Virgin Islands, fosters the growth of junior golf through education and instruction, and acts as a governing body for the St. Thomas/St. John Golf Association and the St. Croix Golf Association.
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