Argentina 2010 – 51th Edition
From October 16th to 31th Argentina is going to host the World Amateur Team Championships (WATC) for second time in history. This tournaments organized by the International Golf Federation (IGF) was played for the first time in 1958 in Saint Andrews OLD Course, and since then took place every two years.
The President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower approved in 1958 the WATC with the aim of encouraging the international develop of the game of golf, and use this wonderful game to foster friendship and sportsmanship around the world. His determination is probably the main reason why the MEN trophy takes his name, while the women one is called Espirito Santo. In the last edition in Adelaide, Australia, the IGF celebrated the 50th anniversary, and the Asociacion Argentina de Golf is proud to co-organize this 51th edition in Buenos Aires.
The teams of men and women coming from all over the world will compete within three different zones: Asia Pacific, America and Europe & Africa. Players must be amateur golfers and follow the rules of The R&A or USGA. They must also be citizens of the country they represent. An estimate of 120 teams (70 teams of men and 50 of women) will compete in World Amateur Team Championships 2010, Argentina is expecting this event brings a total of 1.500 people at least.
The Golf Courses chosen in Argentina
In 1972, Argentina hosted this same tournament for the first time. On that occasion Olivos Golf Club was chosen as venue for the Eisenhower Trophy while the Hindu Golf Club was it for the ladies competition. For 2010, the two golf courses hosting the competition, both for men and women, will be the Olivos Golf Club and the Buenos Aires Golf Club.
Olivos Golf Club (scorecard)
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Olivos Golf Club, ranked among the TOP 100 International Golf Courses according to Golf Digest Magazine, is one of the best parklands in Argentina, hosting every year the Argentina Golf Masters (or Torneo de Maestros) an event formerly played by outstanding golfers such as Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Payne Stewart, Paul Azinger, Seve Ballesteros, Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman (winner in 2009). It was designed in 1926 by Mr. Luther Koontz, a golf architect who used to work as shaper for Mr. Allistair Mckenzie. This par 72 course offers three combinable trails of 9 wholes (the RED, the WHTE and the BLUE); however for the championship will be playing par 71 totalizing 6801 yards for men, and 6110 yards for women. The 15th hole of 470 yards is normally played as par 5 for amateurs, and par 4 for pros. This challenging dog leg right requires a 260 yards from the tee to have a clear 210 yards approach. The green is small and fast, and the ball breaks hard to the entrance where a small lagoon waits for all the short approaches. Apart from being the signature hole, the scenic 15th is considered one of the best 500 holes in the world of golf.
Buenos Aires Golf Club (scorecard)
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Buenos Aires Golf Club, established in 1990, was designed by Robert Von Hagge. Despite its young 20 years, this club has achieved a lot of prestigious moments in the local golf history: 1994 Argentine Golf Open won by Mark O’Meara (USA) and the South American Team Championships “Copa Los Andes”. 2000, EMC Golf World Cup won by the American team of Tiger Woods and David Duval. The 99th Argentine Open in 2004 won by José Cóceres in a dramatic playoff over Eduardo Romero, and the 102nd edition in 2007. Also ranked among the Top 100 International Golf Courses by Golf Digest Magazine, this is a MUST if visiting Buenos Aires on a golf trip. The course is characterized for its modern “links type” design, where moving fairways, big lagoons, strategic bunkers and varied size greens will require a wide variety of shots to succeed. From the 27 holes available (Green, Yellow, Blue) the WATC will be playing par 72 Green/Yellow, totalizing 6961 yards for men and 6117 for Women.
The first two names of the total three for the team, were chosen directly according to their position in the Ranking Argentino de Afiocionados and their recent performances. For the third place, a 144 holes qualifying tournament was played between other three top ten players. Four rounds in Buenos Aires Golf Club, plus four more rounds at Olivos Golf Club needed to be plaid to determine the third player of the team.
Women: Victoria Tanco (#1 junior amateur golfer in the world), Manuela Carbajo Re and Martina Gavier.
For Men: Tomas Cocha, Emiliano Grillo and Jorge Fernandez Valdez.
Fri October 15th: Women Team registration.
Sat 16th / Tues 19th: Women practice rounds at Olivos Golf Club and Buenos Aires Golf Club.
Wed 20th / Fri 23rd: First three rounds of Espirito Santo Trophy.
Sat 23rd: Final Round of Espirito Santo Trophy. Men Team registration. Gala awards dinner at Sheraton Hotel
Sun24th / Wed 27th: Men practice rounds at Olivos Golf Club and Buenos Aires Golf Club.
Wed 28th / Sat 30th: First three rounds of Eisenhower Trophy.
Sunday 31th: Final round. In the evening, farewell awards dinner at Sheraton Hotel.