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.
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.