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12th Annual United States Golf Teachers Cup®

12th Annual United States Golf Teachers Cup®
Douris Successfully Defends US Crown
USA • October 23-26, 2007

When 193 teaching professionals from around the world get together for four days of competition in two big events, justoutside the city where whatever happens there stays there, a buzz like no other is generated. The 8th biennial World Golf Teachers Cup and the 12th annual United States Golf Teachers Cup, held this past October 23-26 in Boulder City, Nevada (just outside Las Vegas), provided the atmosphere of great competition among good friends and international neighbors.

Team Caribbean, consisting of captain Anthony Benny, Ricky Campbell, and Christopher Richards, all from Trinidad & Tobago, along with Miguel Suarez (Puerto Rico), Herbert Con (Curacao), and Tim Mangal (St. Lucia), took home a seven-stroke victory over five-time champion Team USA, 732-739, at Boulder City Golf Course and Boulder Creek Golf Club, the host courses. Each team counted five scores each day from six players. Canada finished third at 742.

In the $25,000 individual championship, Richards made it three World Cups in a row where the individual champion also was a member of the winning team. He fired rounds of 67-71 – 138, establishing new 18- and 36- hole scoring records for the event, while edging out fellow Team Caribbean member Suarez by one stroke. As the individual and team championships were played concurrently, having the low two individuals proved too much for the USA and other teams to overcome. Team USA was lead by Tipo Toomalatai at 71- 72 – 143, while Canada was paced by former US and World Cup champion Dave Belling’s 73-73 – 146.

Prior to the playing of the World Golf Teachers Cup, the United States Golf Teachers Cup, the national championship of the USGTF, was held on the same courses. A purse of $25,000 was also in the mix. James Douris from Australia captured the Cup for the second year in a row, firing rounds of 72-68 – 140 to defeat Americans Ken Morton (73-69 – 142) and Toomalatai (70-72 – 142) by two strokes. Suarez and the long-hitting Andy Wills were another stroke back at 143.

Toomalatai could console himself with the Senior championship, though, as he bested Jim Perez (72-75 – 147) by five strokes. Jill Scally repeated as Ladies champion, taking a three-stroke victory over newcomer Samantha Cebrero. Repeat champions seemed to be the theme of this year’s US Cup, with Joe Bernat successfully defending his Super Senior title.

Besides Richards taking both the overall and Open division titles in the World Cup, Anna Yu once again captured the Ladies championship with record scores for 18 and 36 holes by shooting 74-71 – 143, defeating Scally by eight shots. Super Senior-aged Jerry Moore continued his plundering of the “young guys” by winning the Senior title with scores of 72-70 – 142, nipping Toomalatai by one shot and preventing  the Hawaiian from sweeping both individual division crowns. Moore was also the Senior champion from the 2006 US Cup. The Super Senior division saw a first-time winner in Walt Abraham, as his 76-73 – 149 beat runnerup William Gunderman by two strokes.

USGTF president Geoff Bryant was pleased how both events were received by the participants.

“We heard many comments at how well run the events were,” stated Bryant. “Our thanks go to tournament coordinator Robert Kleabir, and tournament directors Mark Harman and Thomas Wartelle, who worked tirelessly to make sure everyone had a memorable tournament experience. I also want to mention that many members got a chance to meet the USGTF office staff, with Jennifer Conrad and Suzy Johnson of membership services serving as starters, along with Rick Beebe, Sam Bryant, and Christine Darnbrough. Their efforts contributed a great deal to making these events such a success.”

The 9th biennial edition of the World Golf Teachers Cup will be held in Australia in 2009, hosted by the Australian Golf Teachers Federation under the guidance of its president, Gary Cooney, and course director Andrew Cartledge. At press time, the location of the 13th annual United States Golf Teachers Cup was narrowed down to two potential sites. Details will be posted shortly after press time on www.usgtf.com, and will also be contained in the next issue of Golf Teaching Pro.