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16th Annual United States Golf Teachers Cup®

16th Annual United States Golf Teachers Cup Results
October 11-12, 2011
Orange County National Golf Club, Orlando, Fl

Aussie comes out on top in tight battle, takes fourth US title

When James Douris tees it up in the United States Golf Teachers Cup, it’s a good bet that the rest of the field is playing for second place.  Douris, from Australia, won the fourth consecutive US Cup in which he’s played, outlasting runners-up George Wilson (Brazil) and Matt Smith (USA) in claiming the 2012 championship, held October 11-12 at Orange County National Golf Club in Orlando, Florida.  His scores of 73-69 – 142 were good enough for a two-stroke margin of victory.

The road to the title was not easy, though, as Douris started his tournament with a triple bogey on the very first hole he played.  Playing steadily throughout the rest of the day, he managed to go -2 his final 17 holes to come in at one-over 73, leaving him three strokes behind first-round leaders Cole Golden (USA) and Stephen Kostoff (Canada).  Smith was next at 72, and Wilson and Derek Ary (USA) were also in with 73.  Defending champion Christopher Richards (Trinidad & Tobago) was next at 74, along with James Bell (USA).  Michael Wolf (USA), Ok San Kim (USA), Jamie Locklear (USA), and Colin Beesley (Great Britain) at 75 were the only other players with a realistic chance of winning the event after the first day.

Co-leaders Golden and Kostoff struggled during the final round and were no factor, shooting 83 and 79, respectively.  Wilson, Richards, and Locklear all improved from their first-round scores, but Douris was able to fire the low round of the day, 69, that the others could not overcome.

Darquise LeDuc of Canada struggled the second day, but still won the Ladies championship with 75-86 – 161, nipping defending champion Ingrid Narken of the USA by a stroke.  Charun Chungaew (USA) rode home a comfortable four-stroke win in the Senior division (50 and over) with 72-74 – 150, besting runners-up Jim Grow (USA) and Jim Perez (USA).  Bill Hardwick of Canada, a former European Senior Tour player, won the Super Senior division (60 and over) with 69-70 – 139, defeating the United States’ Edward Williams by two strokes.  Walt Abraham (USA) won the Legends division (70 and over) with 79-84 – 163, besting Andy Rosales (USA) by three strokes.

The 17th annual United States Golf Teachers Cup will be held October 24-25, 2012, at Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder City, Nevada, just outside Las Vegas.