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Oct. 27, 2004

Rio Grande, Puerto Rico – South Carolina junior golfer Eirik Johansen and former Gamecock golf Martin Rominger will compete in the World Amateur Team Championship at the Rio Mar Country Club this weekend.

Johansen and Rominger will represent their native countries, Norway and Switzerland, respectively, as they compete against teams composed of the best amateurs in the world. Both members of their respective country’s three-man teams.

“It’s a real honor for Erik and Martin to both play in the World Amateur,” said USC Head Coach Puggy Blackmon. “It means they are two of the best amateurs in the world. It is similar to Curtis Frye’s athletes (USC Head Track and Field Coach) competing in the Olympics. We are excited and proud they have been selected to play with the elite amateurs in the world.”

Johansen, a junior, has been an All-America selection for the past two seasons. Last year, he won the Palmetto Intercollegiate to go along with five other top 10 finishes. A senior last year, Rominger had the lowest stroke average (72.54) on the team last season. He was a two-time All-SEC selection. Last season he had four top 10 and six top 20 finishes.

The Championship field includes 70 three-man squads made up from the top amateurs from across the globe. Two-time defending champion Team USA looks to retain their ownership of the Eisenhower Trophy, which goes to the team champion.

The Tournament kicks of Thursday, October 28th at the Rio Mar Country Club in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.