Eisenhower Trophy callup for Vaughan McCall

23:28, Jul 24 2014
Vaughan McCall
FRESH CHALLENGE: Southland golfer Vaughan McCall will represent New Zealand at the Eisenhower World Teams Championship in Japan.

Southland's Vaughan McCall has been named in the New Zealand team for the 29th Eisenhower World Teams Championship in Japan.

The Gore golfer is the most experienced of the three players. Other New Zealand team members are Joshua Munn (Manawatu) and Tae Koh (Manukau).

In 2012, McCall announced his arrival on the national scene when he became the first golfer in 24 years to simultaneously hold both the New Zealand Amateur and the New Zealand Stroke Play titles season.

He was the leading individual for New Zealand at the 2012 World Amateur Team Championship in Turkey, finishing in a share of 13th.

More recently, he was the first Kiwi to qualify for the US Amateur Championship since Danny Lee, delivering the "best mental performance of my life" in 2013.

In his best 2014 result, he finished leading amateur at the LawnMaster Classic on the Charles Tour and the selectors have backed him on his significant experience on the world stage.

The Eisenhower Trophy is a biennial world amateur team golf championship for men, organised by the International Golf Federation.

It is a stroke play event, in which the best two scores from three players count toward the team's score for each round.

More than 70 countries from around the world will travel to Japan to contest the Eisenhower Trophy.

The USA won the 2012 Eisenhower to secure their 14th victory in the event, holding off Mexico by five shots in the final round and setting a record 54-hole total of 24 under par in the rain-shortened 54-hole event.

The Eisenhower Trophy has been won by 10 different teams since the event began in 1958 at the Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland.

The United States is the most successful country in Eisenhower history, with 14 wins. Great Britain and Ireland, who last combined as a team in 2000, have four wins and Australia have three titles.

New Zealand is one of seven countries who have won the WATC trophy once, alongside Japan, Canada, Sweden, Netherlands, Scotland and France.

The Kiwis will look to follow in the footsteps of Michael Campbell, Phil Tataurangi, Grant Moorhead and Stephen Scahill, who famously won the Eisenhower Trophy in Canada in 1992.


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