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Aussies sweep world amateur team golf

AAP logoAAP 25/09/2016

Australia's golf future has seldom looked brighter after young guns Cameron Davis, Curtis Luck and Harrison Endycott won the world amateur teams championship by a stunning 19-strokes in Mexico.

The trio produced one of the most dominant victories in 30 stagings of the prestigious biennial tournament to secure the Eisenhower Trophy for Australia for a fourth time and the first since 1996.

With the two best individual scores from the 71 competing nations counting in each of the four rounds, the Australians finished at 38-under, 19 shots clear of second-placed England.

On the tournament eve, coach Dean Kinney challenged his team, rated favourites on world rankings, to not only win but also to destroy the opposition by claiming the top three spots individually.

They went very close.

Davis, 21, of Monash Country Club in Sydney's north, completed his task with a fourth consecutive excellent round on Saturday to claim top individual honours.

Scores of 67-66-68-68 left the 2015 Australian Amateur champion at 17 under par.

His nearest rival was 20-year-old teammate Luck from Cottesloe Golf Club in WA.

Luck, who won the US Amateur last month, had scores of 69-71-63-68 to be 15-under.

In blistering form this year, Endycott, 20, from Avondale GC in Sydney, was tied for 16th with scores of 68-66-73-73.

"This is by far the best I have played in such a big tournament,'' Davis said.

"It was just an honour to be in this tournament in the first place and representing my country, but to come away with a win is pretty special.'

"This was all about the team and everyone did an amazing job. Everyone."

Kinney's call to totally dominate didn't faze Luck.

"Not at all. On paper we had the best team, so why wouldn't we go out and do that?" said Luck.

"In my eyes, we didn't do anything different from what we're capable of and expect each other to do.

"We honestly didn't think it was far-fetched at all and I think we showed that."

Team captain Matt Cutler believed the triumph would prove a fillip for golf in Australia.

"It's great for the game of golf back home,'' Cutler said.

"It started two years ago when the women won the Espirito Santo (Trophy). We got a taste of competing and winning internationally. They executed the plan perfectly this week.''

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