2001 World Golf Teachers Cup
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.
World Cup Week
Great competition and renewal of friendships marked the fifth annual World Golf Teachers Cup, helped the week of January 7-12 at the Eagle Marsh Golf Club in Jensen Beach, Florida.
The week kicked off Sunday night, January 7, with a reception for participants and guests. Also in attendance were various equipment representatives, who were to be on hand during the week giving product demonstrations. USGTF President Geoff Bryant and tournament director Thomas Wartelle gave welcoming speeches, along with a review of the rules and formats for the week.
Monday and Tuesday were the days of the two-round United States Golf Teachers Cup, the national championship of the USGTF. High winds combined with fast greens (slipmeter: 11) sent scores soaring. Mark Harman, Pensacola, Florida prevailed with a two-round Stableford total of 64 points. Jim Perez, Freszo California, copped his best final ever in the US Cup with a runner-up total of 63 points. Bruno Meyer of Westin, Florida, took third. Wartelle, Opelousas, Louisiana, finished fourth, and Steve Williams, Houston, Texas, finished fifth. These five, along with Ken Butler, Stuart, Florida, would comprise already pre-qualified for the team through his performance the previous summer in the North American Teachers Cup.
Wednesday featured the World Doubles Championship. Henrik Jentsch of Germany and Vincent Guagliani of Scrasborough, Ontario, Canada were the overall winners with 37 Stableford points, winning a scorecard playoff over Joe Holmond, Joseboro, Georgia, and Glen Erickson of Leduc, Alberta, Canada.
Jentsch continued his winning ways Thursday during the World Cup individual championship. He survived another scorecard playoff, this time over Meyer. Each player had 33 points. England’s Bill Abbott finished third. USGTF examiner Marty Delohery of Fort Lauderdale captured first prize in the senior division with 33 points. Milan Sur of France took second with 32 on a scorecard playoff with Hans van der Poel of The Netherlands. Jack Rochford of San Angelo, Texas, took super senior honors with 31 points.
Friday was the big day, the World Golf Teachers Cup Team Championship. Could Europe make it two in a row? Could the USA re-take the cup? Could the annual whipping boys from Canada (Peter Dunne’s description) or another federation take honors for the first time? The Cup wasn’t decided until the final group came in. The home field advantage proved too much as the USA scampered home with a five-stroke victory over Europe (Barry Campbell, Douglas Borland, Stewart Craig, Pat Trainor, Dean Davis and Milan Sur). The team representing the South American Golf Teachers Federation (Alberto Gonzalez, Bill Picca, David Vaught, Mark Umphreyville, Mike Stevens, and Mary Delohery) was another three strokes back. Following were Canada (Wally Meisinger, Glen Erickson, Paul Murphy, Dave Reid, Ken Hanley, and Chris Thomas), Korea (Yong Bae Kil, Can Goog Yang, Won Baek Lee, Tae Sun Yoon, Oh Yun Kwon, and Ann Marie Lee), and Tawain (Hsi-Shui Chen, Hung-Tsung Wang, David Lo, Bor-Ja Kwo, Ming Tarng Sheu, and Charles Simon). The Tawainese were making their first Cup appearance.
The closing gala banquet was held that evening at the Marriott Beach Resort in Stuart. One of the highlights of the evening was when President Geoff Bryant introduced the USGTF Teacher of the 20th Century, Julius Richardson. Richardson was recently named to the most prestigious list of teaching professionals in America, Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers. Truly this is a feather in the caps of both Richrdson and the USGTF.
The banquet closed with Peter Dunne being mysterious about the location of next year’s Cup: Oliva Nova, Morocco, or a secret destination? Dunne wouldn’t say, but Ken Butler lobbied strongly for Oliva Nova once again in the country of Spain.
World Golf Teachers Cup Champion Henrik Jentsch
Henrik Jentsch, a USGTF member from Germany, is the 2001 World Golf Teachers Individual Champion. he’s been a professional athlete most of his adult life, dating back to 1980 when he was ranked in the top 500 in the world in tennis. From 1984-1995, he ran a successful tennis school.
Although he was very busy with his tennis schedule, Henrik made time for golf, maintaining a +2 handicap. In 1995, he joined the European Challenge Tour (equivaqlent to the Buy.com Tour here), and also played in France on the Grand Prix circuit. He won five Grand Prix tournaments.
Henrik presently owns and operates the S.F.T. Golf School (See it – Trustit) In Schopfheim, Germany.