Location: Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, Florida
Individual Champion: Rebecca Samuelsson
Score: 70-67 = 137
Team Champion: Brazil
SAMUELSON, BRAZIL TAKE WORLD CUP TITLES
Hardwick captures second US Cup
Location: Sun Island Resort Golf Club in Shanghai, China
Individual Champion: Makoto Kitagawa (Japan)
Score: 76-77-77 = 230
Team Champion: China
Sometimes, playing at home brings added pressures that cause the locals to fold. In the case of Team China at the 11th playing of the biennial World Golf Teachers Cup, not only did they shake off whatever pressure might have been present, they fed off it, romping to a 39-shot victory over runner-up Canada at Sun Island Resort Golf Club in Shanghai, China, this past October. Read More
Location: Orange County National, Orlando, Florida
Individual Champion: James Douris (Australia)
Score: 69-68 = 137
Team Champion: USA
It wasn’t too long ago that James Douris didn’t have a single WGTF title to his name. Starting in 2006, when he won the United States Golf Teachers Cup for the first time, Douris seemingly cannot be contained. Read More
Location: Palmetto Dunes Resort, Hilton Head, South Carolina
Individual Champion: Luis Menezes
Score: 69-73 – 142
Team Champion: United States
|The setting was hard to beat – two top-notch golf courses at one of the country’s premier resorts in a scenic setting. The 9th biennial World Golf Teachers Cup, held at Palmetto Dunes Resort November 4-5, 2009, in Hilton Head, South Carolina, provided its usual thrills and close calls, along with some tremendous golf and great camaraderie.Team USA, after failing to capture the team title in the past two World Cups, took home the trophy for the first time since 2003 in defeating defending champion Team Caribbean by a single stroke, 764-765. Read More|
Location: Boulder Creek Golf Club, Las Vegas, Nevada
Individual Champion: Christopher Richards
Team Champion: Team Caribbean
Menezes, from Brazil, became the second South American to win the championship. A seasoned competitor, Menezes only had modest success in WGTF events before emerging victorious on the George Fazio and Arthur Hills courses at Palmetto Dunes. Team USA returned to the winner’s circle for the first time since 2003, defeating defending champion Team Caribbean (representing Trinidad & Tobago) by a single shot over the 36 holes. Caribbean held a 4-stroke lead after the first round of play, but uncharacteristically struggled the final day to allow USA to take the title.
Location: Sao Jose Golf Club, Itu, Brazil
Individual Champion: Raul Fretes (Paraguay)
Score: 70-71 – 141
Team Champion: Paraguay
Fretes, a former European Tour player, scratched out a two-stroke victory in the first World Cup played south of the equator. In the team competition, Paraguay defeated Brazil 5-1 in match play to capture its first team title. Perennial favorite Team USA never got it going and finished in sixth place. This World Cup team competition was notable in the fact that a record 12 teams participated. A pro-am was held the day after the World Cup with dozens of Brazilian dignitaries on hand. A formal closing banquet, featuring several Brazilian celebrities, made for a memorable event.
Location: Orange Lake Country Club, Kissimmee, Florida
Individual Champion: Dave Belling (Sarnia, Ontario)
Score: 71-69 – 140
Team Champion: USA
This was truly Belling’s championship, in both the individual and team portion. Trailing by a stroke entering the final round of the individual championship, Belling shot the low round of the tournament, a 69. He then parred the first hole of sudden-death to defeat Mark Harman and win his first WGTF championship. Belling wasn’t done, as the next day he represented Team USA (Belling, although a Canadian resident, is a USGTF member) in the team portion. Team USA and Team Brazil finished 1-2 in qualifying, which meant that they would play six team matches to decide the champion. As fate would have it, a 3-3 tie emerged, necessitating another sudden-death playoff. Belling teamed with Harman to represent the USA against Brazil, and Belling holed a 12-foot birdie putt on the second hold to win the title.
Location: Eagle Marsh Golf Club, Jensen Beach, Florida
Individual Champion: Henrik Jentsch (Germany)
Team Champion: USA
Jentsch, a former European Challenge Tour player, was able to overcome high winds, cold temperatures, and rock-hard greens in taking a two-stroke victory. In the team portion, the United States once again emerged victorious in a play 6, count 5 stroke play format over 18 holes.
Location: Oliva Nova Golf Club, Oliva, Spain
Individual Champion: Doug Borland (Scotland)
Team Champion: Europe
Borland’s victory in the individual portion was not unexpected, as he was an experienced and tough competitor who was teaching golf in Turkey at the time. However, Europe’s victory in the team portion was a bit unexpected as Team USA fielded an extremely strong team. Europe’s best rose to the challenge, though, and took a two-stroke victory to the bank. Although oft-criticized as a designer, Seve Ballesteros crafted a hidden gem in fashioning the par-72 Oliva Nova course.
Location: Ballantrae Golf Club, Port St. Lucie, Florida
Individual Champion: Ken Butler (Jensen Beach, Florida)
Team Champion: USA
Scotland native Butler became the first foreign-born winner of the individual championship. Formerly a touring professional in Europe, Butler had his playing career cut short by a severe back injury after falling from a building. Fighting his way back to playing form, Butler became one of the USGTF’s best players in the late 1990’s and represented Team USA several times. Team USA won the team portion without much difficulty over Europe, Canada, and Korea. Scores throughout the week were generally high on the Jack Nicklaus-designed facility, as trick pin positions and hard-to-read greens made for difficult conditions.