Jonathan VEGAS wins the 105° VISA OPEN at Jockey Club RED Course

Jonhatan Vegas in Jockey Club RED Course

The player of Venezuela was unbeatable in the Jockey Club with 270 strokes and took six strokes of advantage Andres Romero, his immediate escort. Vegas, which this year gained access to the PGA Tour, became the twentieth international player to win the Open.

Closing an ideal year, where he became the first Venezuelan to enter the PGA Tour after a great job on the Nationwide Tour in the United States, the 26-year career took the top prize of Argentina to win the Jockey Club ARGENTINA VISA 105 ° OPEN. He did so after completing four perfect rounds, where he imposed on local figures to present cards of 68, 66, 65 and 71.

After the paths breaks on Friday and Saturday due to adverse weather conditions, Vegas was the most regular of the event and perfectly adapted to the rugged path of play. Sunday morning found him with the obligation to complete a remnant of 10 holes for the third round, a situation that easily circumvented with four birdies and just one bogey, showing only a foretaste of things to come in the afternoon and cutting to six the distance to Andres Romero.

And the story then turned to Vegas for a little the regularity of the Venezuelan and partly because when he was caught again Tucuman ghosts of the first nine holes, as happened in the definition of this championship in 2009 when he lost against Cesar Costilla. “Again as in Nordelta” Romero told a reporter in hole 4 of the final round. The beginning of Tucuman was so adverse (+6 in the first nine) that quickly took leave of the tournament and opened the way for the native of Maturin.

“I think I had a good week and I was pretty regular. I started the final 18 holes with a big enough margin but with the pressure of knowing he had great players back, could not be mistaken” said the winner of the Wichita Open on the NATIONWIDE Tour. “I believe I was aggressive in my game and did not have many mistakes, and the putter appeared at important moments and allowed me to stay on top,” said Vegas, who became the first Venezuelan to win this championship.

Vegas, which will debut as a regular on the PGA Tour Sony Open in Hawaii the second week of January, made clear on Monday he wanted to leave his mark on Argentina, which left a mark: “I’m going back next year to defend the title (the tournament will be played at Pilar Golf Club). I never saw so many people in a golf tournament in South America, the field is one of the best I played in my life and if this were not enough, the trophy was delivered to me by the “Maestro”  Roberto De Vicenzo. This is unbelievable” said the champion who finished with 270 strokes and six of advantage over Andres Romero, who won last week the “Torneo the Maestros” at Olivos Golf Club. Romero finally holed a good birdie putt in the 18th (designed my Allister Mackenzie based on the 18th hole of Saint Andrews Old Course) for round of 71 (+1).

Behind both finished in third place Alan Wagner (70 in the final round and the best performance of 2010), Scott Dunlap (67 was the winner of this tournament in 1999), Rafael Echenique (68, wiiner in 2006), all with 278 strokes (-2).

The Pereyra Iraola Cup was defined in the seventh playoff hole

Pereyra Iraola Cup, the trophy given to the best amateur golfer participating on the Argentina Open with Pros (only 13 golfers played this year)  was won by Thomas Baik, whom he defeated in a thrilling seven-hole playoff the winner of 2009, Emiliano Grillo (one of the players that represented Argentina two months ago in the World Amateur Golf Championship played at Buenos Aires Golf Club).
The definition was really exciting. Emiliano Grillo, Thomas Baik halved the 15th place of the VISA OPEN in a great performance and then had to resolve on a seven-hole playoff to determine the amateur contest. In the difficult par 3 of 203 yards 17th, the amateur player from Cordoba Jockey Club, made a great tee shot, leaving the ball only 6 feet and holing after his putt for birdie, while Grillo missed the green on the left and wasn’t able to make approach and putt from there.

This is the first victory for Thomas Baik, defeating the defending champion, who also won it in 2007.

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Andres Romero wins the 23th Argentina Masters at the Olivos Golf Club

The PGA Tour Argentinean player, wins its second blue Jacket at the Olivos Golf Club

Andres Romero, 2010 Masters Champion at Olivos Golf Club

It was a true battle of titans the definition of 23 º Masters Tournament Personal Cup at the Olivos Golf Club. Argentina’s two best players this season showed their excellent moment and gave a perfect closure to this event, which every year growing in importance in Latin America. Fabián Gomez and Andrés Romero played 18 holes of pure emotion, but finally the golfer from Tucuman won with a closing round of 68 strokes (-3) and 271 (-13), for achieving its second blue jacket (first was in 2006).

“I came focused on wining this tournament and luckily made it happen. I knew it would be hard for the competitive group of players participating but I recovered well after the flu last week and I beat a very good player as Fabian has had an excellent year “said Pigu. “I started a little nervous, especially after the three putts at 1st and although I could not hit very well, made some important birdies at exact moments,” added the PGA Tour player.

After Gómez eagled par 5 hole 1 (from 4 yards after a great second shot) the advantage was reduced to the minimal difference. But then he (closing 70 shots today) failed on 5 and 6 and made a bad shot on the par-3 7th “Do not hit the irons well and I am not happy with my game this Sunday but if I make a balance at the Olivos Golf Club this week was very positive because both in my participation on this tournament: last won in 2008 and today I was second,” Fabian Gomez said, brand new player on the PGA Tour, which ended five strokes behind the champion.

Pot Bunkers at 210 Yards, par3 17th

In the last nine, game development has not changed much. The course did not help to see big shots (the greens were very hard and fast and from tim3 to time the wind appeared in bursts) and Romero knew that the definition was in his hands. Gomez was the one who had no risk and then down to 15 (signature hole) despite having missed a good chance at 16 and said goodbye to the tournament.

But “Pigu” had more to give and it made clear in the tough par 3, 17. Hit a bad shot in the left bunker, worst part of the hole, and from there he holed it! Showing a magic touch typical from special players. The explosion of the people after that birdie from the sand rang in the ears of Gomez at that point and was fighting for second place, because despite the effort in the end he finalized after Cesar Costilla and defending champion Tom Lehman, who once again demonstrated its commitment to the tournament not only with their presence but also with respect for the organizers and the public.

Tom Lehman, 2009 Masters Champion at Olivos Golf Club

The American was one of the greatest ovations of the day on the green on 18 and admiration of the large number of spectators who arrived at the Olivos Golf Club.

With a perfect organization of Golf Play and club seat and under the watchful eyes of directors of PGA Tour (the tour’s largest planet will land soon in Latin America), finished the 23th edition of the Masters Tournament, where the winner also equaled the championship record. Players, managers, sponsors, organizers, the public, Olivos Golf Club and good weather were the key to closing a perfect event.

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Finland wins its first Tailhade Golf Cup in Los Lagartos Golf, Buenos Aires


With a total of 565 strokes (140 for the day), the Finish exceeded by a wide margin of eleven strokes to the second, Norway. England finished third with 577 and the Argentine team finished in fourth place with 581.

In the last round, Tapio Pulkkanen signed a card of 69 strokes (the second best of the day) and led the team. Miro Veijalainen his partner was 71 and together they combined avoiding disgusting surprises along the final the day.

“We are very happy, is our first win here. The joy would have been complete if he were to play the play off for the individual category. But I missed some birdie chances and stayed outside, “said Miro Veijalainen. While Tapio Pulkkanen added that “today I did 69 and had some hope of winning the individual classification as well. We are very happy about this win and dedicate it to our coach. ”

Argentina failed to improve the third place where they had started. Cocha Thomas finished with 72 (1), while Jorge Fernandez Valdes totaled 76 hits. “Definitely not the start I needed and then everything was uphill,” said Fernandez Valdes while Cocha admitted: “I am not ending the year as expected. We had high expectations for the World Cup and the Tailhade but did not play well. We must continue working hard, we are still very young and have a long career ahead. ”

In the Scratch category, the English Andrew Sullivan defeated on the third playoff hole the Norwegian Espen Kofstad to take the title. After scoring both par twice in the hole 18, Sullivan got a par in the hole 9 (the third tiebreaker) and Norway’s missed his putt for par on that hole, giving the victory and the direct ticket to the British Amateur in 2011, to Sullivan.

Argentina’s Martin Kim (who started leading the final round) had a bad day endeding with 78 strokes, finishing in fifth position. Kim was leading fter 16th hole, but a triple-bogey with three-putts in 17 buried their chances of winning the individual.

Many of the players who participated in this 39 the edition of the Copa Juan Carlos Tailhade, will be back on Tuesday, when they begin to play the Argentine Amateur Championship at Highland Park CC.

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England open leading the Tailhade Golf Cup in Los Lagartos Golf Club, Buenos Aires

England started focused on wining their fifth Tailhade Golf Cup

Formed by Andrew Sullivan, individual lowest score of the day with 67 strokes (- 4) and Neil Raymond, with 73 (+2), totalizing 140 shots; England (-2) is leading the international competition of the 39th Copa Juan Carlos Tailhade.

In second place is Finland with 142, a product of the scores of Tapio Pulkkanen (70) and Miro Veijalainen (72), while Norway and Mexico, even with 143. For its part, the Argentine Jorge Fernandez Valdes (now 74) and Tomas Cocha (75) 149 total strokes (5) and placed eighth.

Sullivan was fundamental for the English team reaching the top in the standings. With partial round of 33 and 34 back, the British card included five birdies and a bogey, which also delivered him to lead the individual competition escorted by a trio of players, the Peruvian Patricio Salem, Spanish Salmon and Scott Fernandez Mexican Juan Pablo Hernandez, who filed separate cards 69 (- 2).

England, which won the cup four times (2000, 2001, 2003 and 2006) is aiming to become the largest winner in the history of this tournament (so far that privilege ties with Australia).

With regard to his great performance, Sullivan said he felt great about this country and above all, that took in great shape for birdie opportunities. “I made very good approaches to the pin and that gave me many chances to shoot for birdie. Luckily I was able to hole several of them that allowed me to sign this great score, “said the leader.

Argentina, which was not a good start, even maintains its chances to get his third win in this tournament, won previously in 1996 and 2004.

“While we did not have a good day, we believe that tomorrow we have a chance to get closer to the top. We must improve a lot and we are very confident to do so. Hopefully in the second round we can get a couple of rounds under par and so probably closer to the top positions, ” said the player from Salta, Tomas Cocha.

Both local representatives know that the race is long and, according to the format of the tournament (where daily added the two cards) all can vary from day to day. If they end on Friday on par, or red numbers, they still will be able to give a joy to national golf on Sunday.

In this edition, which delivers world ranking points for the amateur world ranking, are participating the best amateur golfers from 15 teams from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Colombia, Spain, Finland, Holland, England, Italy, Mexico, Norway, New Zealand, Portugal, Peru, South Africa and Uruguay.

Names such as Australian Adam Scott, Aaron Baddeley and Brett Rumford, Italian Edoardo Molinari, the Englishman Chris Wood and South African Trevor Immelman (now known professionals), competed and / or won in this championship, which is organized by Los Lagartos Country Club and is reserved for amateur golfers.

This edition of the Copa Juan Carlos Tailhade has a special flavor because the vast majority of players taking part this week in Los Lagartos compete next week in the Argentine Amateur Championship at Highland Park Country Club.

Hingland Park Golf & Country Club, Buenos Aires

Hingland Park Golf & Country Club, Buenos Aires

Those who come to Los Lagartos to attend Sunday’s final round will have the chance to participate in a drawing for two tickets to the U.S. courtesy of Aerolineas Argentinas.

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Tailhade Golf Cup 2010, Los Lagartos Golf, Buenos Aires


Considered one of the TOP International Amateurs Competitions, the Tailhade Cup was established by Los Lagartos Country Club 38 years ago, later on the Argentine Golf Asocioation joined as organizer. The historically leaders are England and Australia with four victories each, followed by Argentina, Holland and South Africa (past winner), totaling two.

Norway, Colombia, Peru, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Canada, South Africa, England, Finland, Portugal, Australia, Uruguay, Mexico, New Zealand and Argentina are the countries that will challenge the Lagartos Golf Course from Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th.

The Tailhade Cup is played one week before the Argentine Amateur Championship, this year hosted by Highland Park CC. Considering that the World Amateur Team Championship ended only 10 days ago, Buenos Aires is considered these days as the capital city of the Amateur Golf Worldwide.

Just to have an idea of the importance of this tournament, these are some of the players that visited Lagartos as amateurs for the Tailhade Cup: Aaron Baddeley, Edoardo Molinari, Adam Scott, Estanilao Goya, Gonzalo Fernandez Castaño, Trevor Immelman, Chris Wood, Alvaro Quiros and Rafa Echenique among many others.

On this edition, Argentina will be represented by two of the Junior Champion team players in Japan in 2009: Thomas is Cocha and Jorge Fernandez Valdes. With these two excellent players Argentina will try to repeat the wins obtained in in 1996 and 2004.

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French Team Makes history wining the Amateur Golf World Cup

France makes history in ARGENTINA

France was one of the candidate teams to win the Eisenhower Trophy. While historically had never won the event, this time, the quality of its members encouraged the consecration.

With a total of 423 strokes (- 7), the French (who ended on par on Sunday) awarded world’s largest amateur golf and took a place among the winners of the World Amateur Team Championships .

The Buenos Aires Golf Club (par 72) was the scene of its gratification, where Denmark was second with 427 (- 3), the United States the third country on the podium with a cumulative total of 428 (- 2). The three were the only teams to finish under par (out 69 teams) and ended in an exciting and historic definition, where for some moments the difference between them was only two strokes.

Argentina, the host country, ended up ranked at number 25 with a total of 450 strokes (20). Emiliano Grillo card was 75 (3), while Tomas Cocha and Jorge Fernandez Valdes recorded 76 (4).

The tournament, which for climatic reasons was reduced to 54 holes, had an emotional final. With the wind as the main obstacle, the definition was in suspense until the last moment. In the 10th tee box, French and Danish matched the score, and at 15th tee with only four holes to be played, the Americans were added to the fight for the title. Finally, in the 16th and 18thm the Frenchmen managed to twist the whole story on their favor.

For making this happen, were crucial the birdies of Alexander Levy (totalizing 72 strokes) in 17 and Johann Lopez-Lazzaro (72) in hole 18th. This finish and the building of this victory that was well planned in advance, as said by Romain Wattel (ending 74) “we had a lot of faith to win the tournament”….

“We came to Argentina to win the World Cup,” said RW, who is also the Argentine Amateur Champion. “We are delighted to win this title for the first time,” Levy said for his part, doing the great birdie on the signature island hole 17th at Buenos Aires Golf Club. On the beat, the Frenchman revealed that right after the putt felt that the cup was very close. “Throughout the round I was looking at leaderboards. Then when i holed that putt I realized that the advantage was very important and it would be very difficult that the tournament slip away, “concluded Levy, who along with his companions was captained by Meltena Delamontagne, who represented his country in World Ladies in Germany 2000, achieving the first place.

While the Danish saw as the chance of winning the tournament was slipping from their hands on the last hole, at least left with the consolation that Joachim Hansen is the best in individual competition, with a total of 209 strokes (- 6), run-up by the French Alexander Levy.

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France wins the World Amateur Team Championships

France is the new owner of the Eisinhower Trophy for the next two years

The Amateur team formed by Lopez-Lazaro, Levy & Wattel, won today the Eisenhower trophy.

The Danish team kept the second position, despite they were leading in the 12th tee.

From there, last 7 holes, the French team ended 2 under, while the Danish with Hansen and Madsen ended 6 over par.

Peter Uihlein, 2010 US Amateur Champion attending the media

So with a 4 strokes difference, Franc e is the new owner of the cup.
United Satates keeps the third position, only one under the Danish Team

The Final Round of the French Team

The Final Round of the Danish Team

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World Amateur Team Championships Saturday 30th

End of 2nd round, and bigining of the final round under the extreme wind.
Tomorrow Sunday ends the great world golf meeting in Argentina

The rain was not present on Saturday and the championship could resume its normal course. Very strong winds were blowing both in the Buenos Aires Golf Club and at the Olivos Golf Club, where the French team regained the lead with seven under par, relegating one to Denmark after the conclusion of the second round. United States, after a strong recovery, is the escort of both -1.

The final possession of the Eisenhower Trophy will be established tomorrow, when the third and final round to crown the winners in this new edition of the WATC. Precisely, French, Danish and Americans will be part of the mainstream and make his first start at 11:36 am in the Buenos Aires Golf Club. The three countries are playing under par this week and will star in the definition of a tournament that returned to Argentina after 38 years.

On the side of France and a very good job of Romain Wattel, who wound up signing a card of 70 goals (1 under par on the round), the French will now have a solid shot lead to the Danish team, which hand Joachim Hansen wants to win his first title. Yesterday, Hansen was presented in the second round card 3 under par and -7 is the leader of the individual classification, it takes three of benefit to New Zealand and French Ben Campbell Wattel, who was very forceful in their statements before teeing off: “We came to Argentina to win the trophy, we were always focused on that goal, to finish first.”

For his part, one of the contenders for the title, United States, maintains an expectation for the round on Sunday, and that -1 is six strokes behind the leaders. In the second round had highlighted the work of David Chung, who had scored 2 under par with the terrible weather, and now ranks eighth in the individual classification.

Argentina started playing this afternoon

The Argentine team composed of Emiliano Grillo, Tomas Cocha and Jorge Fernandez Valdes began on Saturday afternoon to contest the third and final round of the tournament at the Buenos Aires Golf Club, and was placed at number 32 after the second round . Grillo was who had the best start with two consecutive birdies but then scored three more bogeys and a birdie to stay in par after nine holes. Fernández Valdés was scoring two over par, with only two greens of three putts at the time of the suspension and now Argentina was ranked 28 of the event.

The storm on Friday had forced organizers to shorten the tournament to 54 holes. For this reason the teams were unable to complete the second 18 holes on Friday, had to return early Saturday to the course. The final round started for much of the field of players this Saturday at 16:00 but due to lack of light, around 19:00 due to return to the Club House and will return tomorrow to complete the game. However the best scores of the competition will be finalizing  mid-morning on Sunday at the Buenos Aires Golf Club.

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World Amateur Golf Championships 2nd round Friday October 29th

Weather Suspension, Re-schedule, Competition cut to 54 holes
Only half of the teams could end their first two rounds, Denmark First

The second round of the World Amateur Championship started around 8:00am in both Buenos Aires Golf Club and Olivos Golf. Although it was raining from the early morning, was at 9:20am that the organization comitee decided to suspend for inclement weather and electric storm.

During those two hours of break most of the team went back to the club house for some drinks, food and chat. There was nothing they can do, until 11:30am when the competition started again.

The following five hours were not enough to let the 69 teams competing finish their round. Most of the time the golfer played under the rain, which from time to time was really heavy, and around 5:20 a new thunder suspended the competition, and this time for no return…

At this moment only 34 teams have completed their first two rounds, and as the competition was planned to split the teams in two categories after the first 36 holes, to determine which teams are ending in Buenos Aires Golf Club (top hal) and which are ending in Olivos (worst half) now the schedule has been re-planned.

The last information we heard around 7:00pm, was saying that the competition will play a total of 54 holes only, not 72 as originally planned.

So tomorrow all the team that hasn’t finish will go back to the clubs in which they were playing today to end their second round. After making all the corresponding scoring after te fisrt 36 holes completed of all the teams. The first hal will go to Olivos and play the first 9 of the last 18 holes, leaving Sunday for the last 9 holes in Buenos Aires Golf Club, and vice versa.

Another alternative is that the last 18 holes should be played in the BAGC for the top teams, and Olivos for the rest… in any casae, the only thing that appear to be clear is that the competition will be cut to 54 holes, and the last 18 (third and final round) will be played 9 on Saturday, and last 9 on Sunday.

A real pity as we all golfers know, weather is one of those things that are totally out of our control.

Meanwhile, Denmark (who completed their first 36 holes) appears first in the team leaderboard, a leaderboard that will not say much until the rest of the teams can equal the total number of holes played.

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WATC first golf round thursday 28

Thursday, 1st round of World Amateur Team Championship

With excelent weather started today the first round of the Eisenhower trophy, in Buenos Aires.

Buenos Aires Golf Club

The French team, playing at the Buenos Aires Golf Club, is leading with -7, most of all thanks to Alexander Levy and Romain Wattel, both end with 33 in the last 9 holes, for totalizing -4 and -3. However Levy is sharing the first position in the individual with the Danish player Joachim Hansen who also totalized 33 in the back nine of the Olivos, ending with a double bogey in the par3 17th and birdie in the par 5 18th. The other player sharing the first position in the individual is Eugene Wong from Canada, who totalized -4 with 4 birdies, an eagle in the 1st hole par 5, and two boggies (3rd and 13th).

Denmark, Sweden and England are sharing the third position in the TEAM Leader board with 3 under par.

For tomorrow, those teams that played today at Buenos Aires will go to Olivos, and those that played Olivos today, will go to Buenos Aires. The first 35 teams after Friday second round, will be ending the championship Saturday in Olivos and final round Sunday at Buenos Aires Golf Club, and vice versa.

The USA team, expected to be the favorites, ended with 1 over par in the tied 9 position, and none of the three players could break the 71 par of the Olivos Golf Club.

Argentina team, also consider favorites for being locals and their knowledge of the courses, ended 5 over par and is tied 26. None of them also could break the Olivos par. To note was the unique back 9 holes played by Tomas Cocha with only one par (11th) birdies in 10th and 18th, five bogeys from 12th to 16th, and a HOLE IN ONE EAGLE in par3 17th.

The weather forecast for tomorrow, is announcing a storm in the morning (probably electric) with temperatures of 15 min and 21 maximum. However for Sunday final round, the weather is expected to be perfect.

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