On World Stage

Alabama junior golfer Max Alverio is in Capetown, South Africa preparing to make his third career appearance in the World Amateur Team Championships. Alverio, a native of Humacao, is playing for his home country, Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rican Amateur Champion competed in the world amateur in 2002 and 2004 as well.

While the Alabama golf team, ranked number one in the nation, is on a short break, Tide junior Max Alverio will be involved in difficult competitiion.

The world amateur is held every two years. The men's competition, called the Eisenhower Cup, named in 1958 in honor of the late U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower, begins Thursday and concludes Sunday. Each country's team is made up the three players who will play 72 holes, playing two days on one course and two on another course. The top two scores from each round will count toward the team total.

Stellenbosch, the oldest town in South Africa, is host to amateur golf's biggest international event this year.

Meanwhile, college golf's number one ranked team is taking a brief break from practice and play after winning three of its first four tournaments, all played within four weeks of one another between September 15 and October 15. The team returns to practice next week to prepare for its final fall tournament, the November 22-23 Aloha Purdue Collegiate in Kauai Island, Hawaii.

Alabama is ranked number one in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Alabama ranks number in the Golf Coaches Association of America coaches' rankings, which will come out with a new ranking Thursday.

Daphne's Joseph Sykora, a junior on the Tide team, ranks number 18 nationally in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Joining him among the nation's top 50 ranked individuals are his teammates, Gator Todd of Florence who ranks 24th, and Michael Thompson who is 45th.


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