ABU DHABI – Arizona Men’s Golf will be represented at the 2023 World Amateur Team Championships this week as Tiger Christensen and Filip Jakubcik will represent their home countries of Germany and the Czech Republic in this marquee international event. The biennial tournament hosts the top three players from a variety of nations in a 72-hole stroke play format at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club with the lowest two scores for each country counted each day.
“To have a pair of Wildcats representing our program, and their home nations, in this elite event is a terrific testament to the student-athletes in our program,” said head coach Jim Anderson. “We recruit the best golfers in the United States as well as around the globe with Tiger and Filip being two shining examples of the international excellence on our roster. Both Tiger and Filip have played some great golf already this fall, and this week is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for them to add to their bodies of work this year.”
Christensen won the individual championship at last week’s Jackson T. Stephens Cup in Dallas, setting a program record with a final score of 19-under par. He put on a show for the Golf Channel broadcast of the Stephens Cup with rounds of 66, 67 and 64 at Trinity Forest Golf Club. The Hamburg, Germany native did not record a bogey in his last 28 holes of stroke play as he set a school record for stoke play in a 54-hole event at 19-under.
Joining Christensen in Abu Dhabi, sophomore Filip Jakubcik posted two top-10 finishes as well as a top-20 finish in the fall. The Czech golfer finished in third place at the Sahalee Players Championship for the best finish of his young collegiate career. He posted Arizona’s lowest score in each of the team’s first three tournaments of the season.
First played in 1958 on the Old Course of St. Andrews, the World Amateur Team Championship has seen some of the most historic names in golf participate. Previous players include Jack Nicklaus, Rory McIlRoy, Tiger Woods and Annika Sorenstam. The 2023 edition of the WATC will begin on Wednesday, October 18.