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8th Biennial World Golf Teachers Cup®

Team Caribbean, Richards
Take World Golf Teachers Cup Titles

USA • October 23-26, 2007

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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