2007 World Golf Teachers Cup

2007
Location: Boulder Creek Golf Club, Las Vegas, Nevada
Individual Champion: Christopher Richards
Score: 138
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.

Erasing the disappointment of a playoff loss in the United States Golf Teachers Cup a year ago, Trinidad & Tobago’s Christopher Richards won the individual championship of the 8th biennial World Golf Teachers Cup, the largest international competition for golf teaching professionals ever held, and led Team Caribbean to the team title October 25-26 in Boulder City, Nevada.  Richards set both an 18-hole and 36-hole tournament scoring record, firing an opening round 67 at Boulder Creek Golf Course enroute to a two-round total of 138.  Miguel Suarez of Puerto Rico finished one stroke back.

Team Caribbean held off five-time champion Team USA by seven strokes in the team competition, 732-739. Twelve teams participated in the play-6, count-5 format. Canada finished third at 742.For Richards, his victory represented perseverance at its finest. Having competed in several US and World Cups without making much noise prior to 2006, Richards’ breakthrough win came on the heels of last year’s runner-up finish to James Douris in the US Golf Teachers Cup.Team Caribbean’s victory in the team competition showed that Team USA’s dominance in the event is, perhaps, a thing of the past. Richards, along with teammates Suarez, Anthony Benny, Ricky Campbell, Herbert Con, and Tim Mangal, took Team Caribbean to a six-stroke advantage after the first round over the USA. Only Canada could better the Caribbean’s second round score, 368-369, but it wasn’t enough.

  


 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Women’s division, Anna Lai Har Yu also set 18- and 36-hole scoring records with 74-71–145 in successfully defending her 2005 title. Jill Scally from Pennsylvania finished second at 153.

New Jersey’s Jerry Moore continued to plunder the Senior division with a one-stroke victory over Florida’s Tipo Toomalatai. Moore set a 36-hole Senior scoring record with 72-70–142. Although eligible to play with the Super Seniors (age 60+), and in fact a past champion of that division, Moore has chosen to play with the “youngsters” the past two years.

Setting records seemed to be the theme of this edition of the World Golf Teachers Cup, as Jim Perez of California set a Senior 18-hole scoring mark of 68 in galloping out to a three-stroke lead over Toomalatai in round one at Boulder City Golf Course. Perez was unable to sustain that pace, but he still finished third in the division despite a final-round 77 at Boulder Creek Golf Club.

Walt Abraham of California overcame a three-stroke deficit to start the final round in besting South Carolina’s William Gunderman, 149-151, for Super Senior honors.

Prior to the playing of the World Golf Teachers Cup, the 12th annual United States Golf Teachers Cup, consisting solely of individual play and held October 23-24, proved no less compelling. Australia’s James Douris became just the second player in US Cup history to successfully defend his USGTF national championship when his 72-68–140 over the Boulder Creek Golf Course and Boulder Creek Golf Club, respectively, topped Toomalatai and Ken Morton of North Carolina by two strokes. Toomalatai almost became the second Senior winner of the US Cup, after 1996’s Edward Lee, as his first-round score of 70 led Suarez by one.

Toomalatai’s second-round 72 wasn’t enough to hang on to the overall championship, although he did take Senior honors with a five-shot win over Perez.

Jill Scally successfully defended her Women’s championship from a year ago with rounds of 81-79–160, edging Samantha Cebrero from California by three strokes. And, continuing the common theme of repeat champions, 2006 titlist Joe Bernat of South Carolina once again captured the Super Senior championship with a 10-stroke victory over runner-up Abraham, 148-158.

A record 193 players competed in both tournaments. The United States Golf Teachers Cup is the national championship of the United States Golf Teachers Federation (USGTF) and is played annually. The World Golf Teachers Cup is the world championship of the World Golf Teachers Federation (WGTF) and is played biennially.

  



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEAM RESULTS FROM THE 2007 WORLD GOLF TEACHERS CUP, HELD OCTOBER 25-26 AT BOULDER CITY GOLF COURSE (6,542 YARDS, PAR 72) AND BOULDER CREEK GOLF CLUB (7,030 YARDS, PAR 72) IN BOULDER CITY, NEVADA.

Caribbean 363-369 – 732
United States 369-370 – 739
Canada 374-368 – 742
Australia 375-375 – 750
Brazil 378-377 – 755
United Kingdom 393-384 – 777
South Africa 390-390 – 780
Holland 396-391 – 787
Korea 397-394 – 791
Asia 407-389 – 796
Scotland 400-413 – 813
Holland/Germany 441-457 – 898

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS FROM THE 2007 WORLD GOLF TEACHERS CUP

Christopher Richards $4,500 67-71 – 138
Miguel Suarez 2,500 68-71 – 139
James Douris 1,500 71-70 – 141
Jerry Moore-s 3,000 72-70 – 142
Mark Startup 1,000 71-72 – 143
Tipo Toomalatai-s 2,000 71-72 – 143
Jeff Addy 125 76-69 – 145
Frikkie Van Vuuren 125 72-73 – 145
Anna Lai Har Yu-w 1,500 74-71 – 145
Jim Perez-s 1,000 68-77 – 145
Mark Harman 125 74-71 – 145
Nathan Goulding 125 73-72 – 145
David Belling 73-73 – 146
Thomas Wartelle 74-72 – 146
Jonathan Dorfmann 72-75 – 147
Jack Correa 74-73 – 147
Adriaan Kok 75-72 – 147
Jeremy Dueck 76-71 – 147
Ken Butler-s 500 75-72 – 147
Bill Bath 71-77 – 148
Ken Morton 76-73 – 149
Walt Abraham-ss 2,500 76-73 – 149
Jamie Cowan 75-74 – 149
Lesley Van Gool 76-73 – 149
Anthony Benny-s 73-76 – 149
Luis Menezes 78-72 – 150
Virlei Da Silva 74-76 – 150
Joel Correa-s 74-77 – 151
William Gunderman-ss 1,500 73-78 – 151
Nigel Barrow-s 76-75 – 151
Nathan Plug 75-76 – 151
Geoff Bryant-s 74-77 – 151
Jim Fries-s 75-76 – 151
Tim Mangal 77-74 – 151
Alan Vickers-s 78-74 – 152
Stephen Kostoff 79-73 – 152
Ron Platz-s 73-79 – 152
Andrew Cartledge 76-76 – 152
Michael Sorel 75-77 – 152
Tony Felt 75-78 – 153
Jill Scally-w 75-78 – 153
James Peters-s 77-76 – 153
Bruce Sims-s 77-76 – 153
Kieran Moran 76-77 – 153
Perry Rende 72-81 – 153
Sammy Oh-s 76-77 – 153
Also:
Lloyd Gauthier-ss 1,000 80-77 – 157
James Stoker-ss 125 83-78 – 161
Sam Fujii-ss 125 85-76 – 161
John Linton-ss 125 81-80 – 161
Charlie Whitney-ss 125 77-84 – 161

RESULTS FROM THE 2007 UNITED STATES GOLF TEACHERS CUP, HELD OCTOBER 23-24 AT BOULDER CITY GOLF COURSE (6,542 YARDS, PAR 72) AND BOULDER CREEK GOLF CLUB (7,030 YARDS, PAR 72) IN BOULDER CITY, NEVADA.

James Douris $3,500 72-68 – 140
Ken Morton 1,800 73-69 – 142
Tipo Toomalatai-s 2,100 70-72 – 142
Miguel Suarez 1,200
Andy Wills 1,200 74-69 – 143
Jim Perez-s 1,400 72-75 – 147
David Belling 650 75-73 – 148
Aadriaan Kok 650 74-74 – 148
Mark Startup 650 77-71 – 148
Thomas Wartelle 650 77-71 – 148
Joe Bernat-ss 1,800 75-73 – 148
Virlei Da Silva 77-72 – 149
Tim Mangal 77-72 – 149
Christopher Richards 79-71 – 150
Nathan Plug 76-74 – 150
Alan Vickers-s 1,000 77-73 – 150
Joel Correa-s 600 76-75 – 151
Jerry Moore-s 600 78-73 – 151
James Peters-s 600 79-72 – 151
Martin Mills 80-72 – 152
Ricky Campbell 75-77 – 152
Jeremy Dueck 77-76 – 153
Andrew Cartledge 79-74 – 153
Booth Kates-s 75-78 – 153
Mark Phillips 80-74 – 154
Nathan Goulding 78-76 – 154
Jamie Cowan 77-77 – 154
Tony Felt 77-77 – 154
Stephen Kostoff 79-76 – 155
Antonio Araujo 77-78 – 155
Feliciano Zamudio-s 79-76 – 155
Luis Menezes 80-76 – 156
Denis Doyle 79-77 – 156
Mark Harman 82-74 – 156
Also:
Walt Abraham-ss 1,200 79-79 – 158
Jill Scally-w 1,500 81-79 – 160
Lloyd Gauthier-ss 750 86-75 – 161
Gary Riese-ss 750 77-84 – 161
Sam Fujii-ss 550 79-83 – 162
Donald Smith-ss 550 79-83 – 162
Samantha Cebrero-w 500 83-80 – 163

s – Senior Division (age 50 and older)

ss – Super Senior Division (age 60 and older)

w – Women’s Division

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