Friday, February 19, 2010

Abierto Internacional de Golf II Copa Antioquia

Club Campestre El Rodeo sede La Macarena in Rionegro, Colombia

The finest players from the Canadian Tour, the European Challenge Tour and the Tour de las Americas take the stage for the Abierto Internacional de Golf II Copa Antioquia at the Club Campestre El Rodeo sede La Macarena in Rionegro, Colombia. This is the 2K10 season opener for this trio of tours and marks the first time these 3 tours have joined forces to co-sanction an event. In 2008 the Can Tour and the Tour de las Americas co-sanctioned events in Argentina, Chile and Costa Rica but this is the first time that the Can Tour has co-santioned an event in Colombia. The 4 day event kicks off on February 18th and the 156 man field representing 26 nations is vying for a $220,000.00 purse! The host course at the Club Campestre El Rodeo sede La Macarena is over 40 years old and is a 6,792-yard par-71 challenging and mature course with several elevation changes and strategically located water hazards. The player defending his title this week is a member of both the Challenge Tour and the TLA ~ Peter Gustafsson. The trophy collected here a year ago allowed the Swede to finish first on the 2009 TLA Order of Merit, an honor that has awarded him exemptions for two Nationwide Tour and one PGA Tour events to be played over the three weeks following this event. The Canadian Tour's top players such as Argentina's Mauricio Molina and Rafael Gomez, USA’s Byron Smith, Canada’s Ryan Yip, Brazil’s Lucas Lee, Chile’s Hugo Leon are here to challenge the likes of the top TLA players - Argentina’s Julio Zapata, Sebastian Fernandez, Daniel Barbetti and Paulo Pinto, Jamaica’s John Bloomfield, Guatemala’s Pablo Acuña, USA’s Dan Olsen and Colombia’s own Eduardo Herrera and Jesus Amaya. Promising Colombian player Manuel Villegas, whose older brother is Camilo, is also playing. The European Challenge Tour brings talents such as Spain’s Carlos Del Moral, one of several players who competed on the European Tour last season, Argentina's Alan Wagner and Holland’s Wil Besseling, winners of the last two events co-sanctioned by the ECT and the TLA in Colombia in 2008 and 2009. Rock on guys!

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