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Three Jackets Competing in 2022 World Amateur Team Championship

THE FLATS – Georgia Tech golfers Christo Lamprecht (South Africa), Benjamin Reuter (The Netherlands) and Hiroshi Tai (Singapore) are set to represent their home countries and compete this week in the World Amateur Team Championships in Paris, France. The 72 holes of competition takes place Wednesday through Saturday at Le Golf National in Paris, which hosted the 2018 Ryder Cup matches.

Lamprecht, a junior for the Yellow Jackets, is the 45th-ranked amateur in the world according to the World Amateur Golf Ranking. A third-team All-American and All-Atlantic Coast Conference performer last spring, Lamprecht competed for the winning International team at the 2022 Arnold Palmer Cup in Switzerland, where he won three of his four matches. He also finished ninth in the 2022 European Amateur Championship and advanced to match play at the 2022 U.S. Amateur, finishing sixth in the 36-hole stroke-play qualifier.

Reuter, a sophomore for the Jackets, enjoyed a solid freshman campaign for Tech, capped by a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Columbus Regional. He went on to finish 39th at the European Amateur Championship and helped lead The Netherlands to the finals of the European Amateur Team Championship, where he finished 25th individually and won two of his three individual matches. He also finished 16th at the Dutch Amateur Championship earlier this month.

Tai, a freshman who enrolled at Tech in January after completing a two-year stint in the Singapore Navy, graduated from Windermere Prep in Florida, where he rose to No. 45 in the national junior rankings prior to his military service. He tied for 44th place against a field of professional players at the Asian Tour’s International Series event in Singapore earlier this month and tied for 10th place at the Dogwood Invitational in Atlanta in June.

Conducted by the International Golf Federation (IGF), the World Amateur Team Championships are a biennial international amateur golf competition. The women compete for the Espirito Santo Trophy and the men compete for the Eisenhower Trophy. The Eisenhower Trophy men’s competition includes 72 teams, tying the record set in Turkey in 2010 and in Ireland in 2018.

Each team has two or three players, who each play 18 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.

Lamprecht, Reuter and Tai bring to nine the number of Georgia Tech players who have competed in the World Amateur Team Championships. David Duval (1990, 1992), Matt Kuchar (1998) and Bryce Molder (2000) have represented the United States, while Mauricio Muniz (1994, 1996, 1998, 2008) played for Puerto Rico, and Minghao Wang (2010, 2012) competed for China.

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