Nick Dunlap of the United States of America at the 18th hole during the second round of the World Amateur Team Championship at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, United Arab Emirates on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023 (Copyright USGA/Steven Gibbons)
19 OCTOBER, 2023 - USGA, BY JOEY GESKE: The United States of America’s Nick Dunlap, who is No. 4 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking®/WAGR®, tallied seven birdies en route to a 5-under 67 at Abu Dhabi Golf Club to position the Americans one stroke clear of France and the People’s Republic of China through the second round of the 33rd World Amateur Team Championship. 
“I just like the vibe out here,” said Dunlap, the 2023 U.S. Amateur champion. “It’s a little bit different so I’m just trying to embrace it. There are a couple holes that I like hitting 3-wood where a lot of people are hitting driver, so I’m trying to play to my strengths and play to what looks good to my eye and go from there.” 
USA also used a 2-under 70 from world No. 2 Gordon Sargent, who officially earned PGA Tour membership on Wednesday via PGA Tour University Accelerated, for a two-day total of 16-under 272. After a slow team start, Dunlap and Sargent combined for five birdies during a four-hole stretch at the conclusion of their first nine.   
“This team had another really good day,” said USA Captain Mark Newell. “It started out kind of challenging out there, but they really turned it on around the turn (team started on No. 10) and played some really good golf in conditions that were reasonably challenging with the heat and the wind.” 
France, which held a share of the lead at the start of the day, was led by 15-year-old Hugo Le Goff’s 4-under 68 and a 2-under 70 from 2023 U.S. Open qualifier Bastien Amat. Hugo, a 2023 R&A Boys’ Amateur semifinalist, had an eagle and three birdies through his first seven holes. 
“He’s one of the youngest players on the course, but he looks like a very experienced player when you see him play,” said French Captain Antoine Delon. “Very professional on the course and very steady for the team.” 
The People’s Republic of China, which finished in a tie for 31st last year in France, moved up six places on the leader board on the strength of a 5-under 67 from Zihang Qiu and a 4-under 68 from Justin Bai, who has committed to play at the University of Washington in 2024. 
“We’ve had a very good start in this tournament, much better than last year,” said the People’s Republic of China’s coach Zheng Pang. “Our players played very good and very smart. They just played their tempo.” 
Australia remains two strokes behind the USA in a tie for fourth place with Czechia on the strength of another steady day from two-time Australian Junior Amateur champion Jeffrey Guan and Stanford University senior Karl Vilips. Guan and Vilips, who qualified for the 2023 U.S. Open, traded a pair of 67s and 68s during the first two rounds to lead the Aussies to a 14-under total of 270.  
Frederik Kjettrup rebounded from an opening-round 75 with a 5-under 67 on Thursday to position Demark in a tie for sixth alongside Argentina at 275. Jacob Skov Olesen added a 71 for Denmark. 
“It’s nice that the guys had my back when I didn’t play very well yesterday, and I got to put a good round in to help the team today,” said Kjetterup, who is No. 15 in the WAGR® and a senior at Florida State University. “I was hitting it good today. I could have holed some more [putts] from 10-25 feet, but once I started hitting [approach shots] inside 10 feet, I was making some birdies and that was good.” 
Completing the top 10 are Mexico and The Netherlands with team totals of 12-under 276. 
Results from Thursday's second round of the 2023 World Amateur Team Championships, played at par-72 Abu Dhabi Golf Club (National Course), in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. 
1      United States of America 135-137--272
        Nick Dunlap 69-67--136
        Gordon Sargent 67-70--137
        David Ford 68-74--142
T2     People's Republic of China 138-135--273
        Zihang Qiu 69-67--136
        Justin Bai 69-68--137
        Ziqin Zhou 76-69--145
T2     France 135-138--273
        Hugo Le Goff 67-68--135
        Bastien Amat 68-70--138
        Paul Beauvy 68-73--141
T4     Czechia 139-135--274
        Filip Jakubcik 69-67--136
        Petr Hruby 72-68--140
        Louis Klein 70-72--142
T4     Australia 137-137--274
        Karl Vilips 69-68--137
        Jeff Guan 68-69--137
        Jack Buchanan 76-72--148
T6     Argentina 137-138--275
        Vicente Marzilio 69-68--137
        Joaquín Ludueña 70-70--140
        Segundo Oliva Pinto 68-72--140
T6     Denmark 137-138--275
        Frederik Kjettrup 75-67--142
        Jacob Olesen 68-71--139
        Gustav Frimodt 69-75--144
T8     Mexico 143-133--276
        Santiago De La Fuente del Valle 71-66--137
        José Islas Valdespino 75-67--142
        Omar Morales 72-68--140
T8     Netherlands 136-140--276
        Jack Ingham 70-70--140
        Lars van der Vight 77-70--147
        Benjamin Reuter 66-71--137
10     South Africa 139-138--277
        Christo Lamprecht 71-68--139
        Christiaan Maas 70-70--140
        Altin van der Merwe 69-71--140
T11    New Zealand 139-139--278
        Jayden Ford 74-69--143
        Kazuma Kobori 70-70--140
        Sam Jones 69-72--141
T11    Spain 138-140--278
        Luis Masaveu Roncal 69-70--139
        Angel Ayora 71-70--141
        José Luis Ballester 69-72--141
T11    Norway 144-134--278
        Herman Sekne 73-64--137
        Michael Mjaaseth 71-70--141
        Mats Ege 75-77--152
14     Chinese Taipei 143-136--279
        Chuan-Tai Lin 72-66--138
        Ching Hung Su 71-70--141
        Chi Chun Chen 74-77--151
T15    England 137-143--280
        Tyler Weaver 68-71--139
        Jack Bigham 72-72--144
        Barclay Brown 69-73--142
T15    Italy 142-138--280
        Pietro Bovari 69-67--136
        Riccardo Fantinelli 74-71--145
        Flavio Michetti 73-73--146
T17    Colombia 142-139--281
        Nicolas Quintero 69-69--138
        Manuel Merizalde 76-70--146
        Carlos Conde 73-72--145
T17    Scotland 141-140--281
        Calum Scott 71-69--140
        Connor Graham 70-71--141
        Gregor Tait 78-79--157
T17    Wales 142-139--281
        James Ashfield 72-68--140
        Tomi Bowen 70-71--141
        Matt Roberts 75-71--146
T20    Japan 142-140--282
        Minato Oshima 70-70--140
        Yuta Sugiura 72-70--142
        Riura Matsui 75-70--145
T20    Germany 141-141--282
        Jonas Baumgartner 71-70--141
        Tiger Christensen 73-71--144
        Tim Wiedemeyer 70-72--142
22     Morocco 141-142--283
        Soufiane Dahmane 69-69--138
        El Mehdi Fakori 75-73--148
        Hugo Mazen Trometter 72-74--146
T23    Ireland 145-139--284
        Matthew McClean 72-68--140
        Liam Nolan 75-71--146
        Alex Maguire 73-73--146
T23    Switzerland 142-142--284
        Max Sturdza 70-68--138
        Nicola Gerhardsen 74-74--148
        Marc Keller 72-80--152
T25    Sweden 145-141--286
        Albert Hansson 79-70--149
        Daniel Svard 70-71--141
        Tobias Jonsson 75-71--146
T25    Republic of Korea 144-142--286
        Seonghyeon An 73-70--143
        Donghyun Moon 71-72--143
        Sungho Lee 74-72--146
T27    Finland 149-139--288
        Elias Haavisto 77-67--144
        Jesse Saareks 74-72--146
        Markus Luoma 75-75--150
T27    Canada 146-142--288
        Ashton McCulloch 74-70--144
        Brady McKinlay 72-72--144
        Piercen Hunt 80-74--154
29     Guatemala 146-143--289
        Gabriel Palacios 72-70--142
        Alejandro Villavicencio 82-73--155
        Juan Ricardo Davila 74-74--148
30     Zimbabwe 143-147--290
        Tafadzwa Nyamukondiwa 70-72--142
        Keegan James Shutt 82-75--157
        David Amm 73-76--149
31     Austria 147-144--291
        Christoph Bleier 73-71--144
        Fabian Lang 78-73--151
        Florian Schweighofer 74-77--151
32     India 150-142--292
        Yuvraj Singh 74-70--144
        Rohit Narwal 79-72--151
        Shaurya Bhattacharya 76-73--149
33     Thailand 149-145--294
        Ashita Piamkulvanich 74-70--144
        Parin Sarasmut 75-75--150
        Jiradech Chaowarat 75-77--152
34     Singapore 154-142--296
        Ryan Ang 78-71--149
        Hiroshi Hirahara Tai 79-71--150
        Troy Storm 76-78--154
35     United Arab Emirates 155-153--308
        Ahmad Skaik 80-74--154
        Rayan Ahmed 79-79--158
        Thomas Nesbitt 76-80--156
36     Guam 169-158--327
        Nalapon Vongjalorn 84-78--162
        Markus Nanpei 86-80--166
        Eugene Park 85-86--171

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