Rio Grande, PR - (Saturday, Feb.28, 2015) - Puerto Rico will be represented by four (4) of our local top Golfers at the PGA TOUR's 2015 Puerto Rico Open which is all set to start March 2 - 8 at the Trump International Golf Course in Rio Grande.
Jeronimo Esteve an amateur and the 2014 PRGA Champion who won over all Professionals and Amateurs will be playing in his first Puerto Rico Open.
Edward Figueroa who is the first Professional Golfer to have status on the PGA TOUR's Web.com tour will be making his third start.
Joining them will be Rafael Campos who currently plays on the PGA TOUR Latino American Tour and who will try to improve on his 29th position from last year Open and rounding out the group will be amateur Erick Juan Morales who has had a solid year competing this past year for Puerto Rico in International events and who is returning to the PR OPEN for his third time.
These four players have the experience to compete at the highest level and hopefully will surprise many with their game. The Puerto Rico Open and the PRGA congratulates our golfers and wish them a great week during the 8th Puerto Rico Open an Official PGA TOUR event. We look forward to our fans to support this foursome.
Dorado, PR - (Friday, Feb.27,2015) - At -9 , Rafael Campos led the field of the Friday Local Qualifier hosted by the PRGA which help him earn his spot into the 2015 PR Open with a score of 63 strokes at the Sugarcane Course at Dorado Beach.
A field of aproximately 45 professional and amateur players participated from the 18-hole qualifier for one-spot that began at 7:30AM.
Taking advantage of the great weather conditions during the morning part of the round, Campos took care of businnes by recording three birdies in the front 9, while playing the par 4 No.7 with his only bogey for the day. He then went to a stretch were he recorded consecutive birdies and even two eagles to finished the back with only 29 strokes.
"The game plan I've developed over the past few weeks along with my caddie and friend Joel Colón, is all I had in mind and I'm glad it worked very well, and helped me to proof myself I can be at this level again".
Campos, will be joined by amateurs Jerónimo Esteve and Erick J. Morales, along with Edward Figueroa who recently earn his Web.com Tour Card, as the four puertorricans on the field of the 2015 Puerto Rico Open.
Guayama, PR (February 22, 2015) / DAY 2 - RECAP
While Yudika Rodriguez shot even par (72) in order earn the best score of the day, Mitzel Chevres carded a 73 (+1) during the final round of the second 36-hole event of the season of the 2015 PRGA Junior Program at El Legado Golf Resort.
Each accumulated a total of 148 & 152 strokes to win the 18&U division at the Boys & Girls categories respectively.
Melvin Morales came in 1st place at the Boys 15&U, while Andres Aranguren finished with the best total score at the Boys 13&U. At the Girls Category, Darianys Guzman finished 1st at the 11&U division.
The competition was hosted by the PRGA with the support and collaboration of the facility owner Carlos Matos, shown in the picture to the left with the winners of the Boys 11&U, Alvaro Navarro - 1st place, Gustavo Belardo -2nd place and Joel Manzano - 3rd place.
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DAY 1 RECAP - The Junior Golf Program of the PRGA continued on Saturday, Feb.21 with its tour of 2-day events for juvenile golfers ages 9-18 years old, at the beautiful facilities and very challenging course at El Legado.
Best score of the day was carded by Alejandro Toro at the Boys 18 & U. division.
Toro signed his card with a total of 73 strokes for Rd. 1, while Yudika Rodriguez who was playing at her home course was the best among the girls on the field with a 76. (pictured right)
Morales leads Amateur Division at inaugural Player's Tour Event
Dorado, PR - With two under par rounds of 69 and 71 strokes, Erick Morales (-4) finished a top the amateur division of the first event of the 2015 PRGA Player's Tour season used by the golf association to ranks its players in all divisions.
Only a stroke behind, Robert Calvesbert finished in second place with 141 strokes, and also red numbers within the leaderboard of the tournament field which also included some of junior golfers.
The Mid-Amateur division was led by Jasen Colón (147), while the best senior player's score was carded by Felipe Colón (141). At the Super Senior, it was Carlos Matos who finished with the lowest aggregate score at 151.
Full Results as well as the Course Statistics can be viewed using the links below, while a Photo Album is available in our Facebook Page. The next event of the Tour Schedule is confirmed for March 21-22 at Costa Caribe Golf & Country Club. All players interested are encourage to register ONLINE.
The 2015 Golfing Season is already "down the fairway" with an opportunity to register online for the various events and activities for golfers of all competitive levels. Please review any of the links below to learn more about the Junior Golf Events (2015 Jr. Golf Season Schedule), the Player's Tour Events, and the 2015 PR Open Official Qualifiers.
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Erick Morales among the Top 20 at LAAC
With a 4 under par round of 68 strokes, Erick Morales completed the third round of the Latin America Amateur Championship (www.laacgolf.com) being played at Los Olivos Golf Club in Argentina.
A total of five birdies helped Morales to complete the 18 holes below par and place himself among the Top 20 golfers on the Leaderboard of the regional championship for latinamerican amateurs that will be offering the winner with an invitation to the Masters in 2015, among many other great benefits.
Out of the six local players invited to the event, a total of five (5) were able to make the cut established on Friday and two (Morales and Figueroa are currently among the TOP 20.
The final round of the event is already on its way, and the groupings and results can be checked online HERE.
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Great Round for Melvin Morales at AJGA's PR Junior Open
Playing his first AJGA's event ever, 13-year old Melvin A. Morales Valle led the group of local juniors who are currently participating from the kick-off event for the 2015 season, the PR Junior Open.
He finished the first round of the 54-hole event at even par (72) and place himself among the Top 20 players on the field.
A total of ten local juniors are part of the field this weekend, enjoying from a unique opportunity to play among the best juniors in US who are members of the AJGA.
Second Round continues today at Trump International Golf Club.
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More than 60 Reasons to celebrate a great year for Amateur Golf!!!
Without any doubt, it has been a great year for the Puerto Rico Golf Association, its President and Board of Directors, members of the Staff, amateur golfers, sponsors, volunteers and collaborators and friends in general.
The 60th anniversary of the PRGA will be remembered as one were many importants championships and events were hosted by the associactation and also due to the various opportunities that all players, athletes and members as well as the coaching staff of the different teams that represented PUR had throughout the year at the regional and international level to earn various championship titles and important milestones for golf in our island.
A newly elected Board of Directors during the recently hosted Annual Meeting looks forward to a New Year in 2015 full of new and improved opportunities to elevate the level of golf in Puerto Rico with the support of its Member Clubs and golfers all over, including YOU.
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that were part of the Great News about Golf in Puerto Rico in 2014.
They are the Top-6 ranked athletes among the best golfers in the world as per the World Amateur Golf Ranking (www.wagr.com), therefore have been invited to participate from an historical event organized by The Masters Organization (www.masters.org), The Royal & Ancient Golf Club (www.randa.org) and the United States Golf Association (www.usga.org), the inaugural Latin America Amateur Championship.
Hosted by the Argentinian Golf Association and played at Pilar Golf Club (Jan.15-18, 2015) the 72-hole individual championship will provide all six players from Puerto Rico with the opportunity to be in the same field against the best amateurs in Latin America as they all hope to finish in 1st place in order to earn what every golfer dreams about of during his career, to play at Augusta National Golf Club during the 2015 Masters and among the best players in the world!
Stay tuned for more information and details about the 2015 LAAC.
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Click HERE to download & print the 2014 PRGA Calendar of Events, which includes the dates for our Junior Program Events, Player's Tour Series, the AJGA's PR Junior Open, the 7th edition of the Puerto Rico Open, the PR Classic and the Association Official Championships among others dates for the first six months of the year.
Ryan Sullivan comes from behind to win Puerto Rico Classic
DORADO, Puerto Rico (Oct. 13, 2013) – With a final round of 7-under 65, while playing six groups ahead of the leaders, American Ryan Sullivan catapulted to victory in the Puerto Rico Classic presented by Merrill Lynch.
In the tournament shortened to 54 holes due to several weather suspensions throughout the week, Sullivan won by one at 11-under 205.
“It’s a little surreal right now. I’ve been playing very good golf as of late and I came over here to maybe get some momentum heading into first stage of Q-School. This is everything I could have asked and more. Having my uncle (Marty Smith) on the bag it’s pretty special,” said the 24- year-old from North Carolina.
His victory meant a strong comeback, as he had started the tournament carding a double-bogey and three bogeys on his first few holes of the opening round.
“I was 4-over for my first seven holes of the tournament, so I battled back really good and I was happy just to make the cut, but being in position to potentially content and win it was awesome,” said the first-time champion, who followed his opening 74 with a 66 and 65.
Sullivan secured an 11-under total for the clubhouse lead one hour before the last group finished. On that final group, Mexico’s Armando Favela and Spain’s Samuel Del Val would turn out to be his top challengers down to the wire.
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Dorado Beach wins Copa Martin Ortiz
Cabo Rojo, PR (Sunday - Sept. 30, 2013) - The 20th edition of Copa Martin Ortiz, a fun & friendly team competition among the PRGA Member Clubs, showcased a different winner on Sunday as Dorado Beach team won the coveted trophy donated by Martin's family back in 1993.
The 4-player team composed by Diana & Alexandra Velez, Alberto Firpi & Emanuel Santos, along with team captain Robert Birtel led the field with team total Best-Ball score of 146 strokes.
Diana and Emanuel won the low-team at the 14&U division, while Mauricio Munoz and Jose Cardona led the 18&U category.
The team from Punta Borinquen came in 2nd place with a total of 153 strokes, while Rio Bayamon came in 3rd place at 158.
A total of nine (9) teams were part of the field that enjoyed from the challenging fairways and greens at Club Deportivo del Oeste, which happened to be an excellent host club to the event, junior golfers and their families.
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Three Trophies for Puerto Rico at Caribbean Championships
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St. Thomas, USVI - (Saturday, Aug. 10th, 2013) Led by excellent final rounds of +1 from Jerónimo Esteve and Robert Calvesbert, the Puerto Rican men's team closed out its Hoerman Cup victory on Friday at the conclusion of the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships in St. Thomas.
The Puerto Rican team finished the regular amateur competition with a total score of +42, thus beating their eternal rivals from the Dominican Republic (+60) by a wide margin. The men also did will individually: Calvesbert and Esteve finished second and third with final scores of +5 and +7, respectively, while fellow team member Erick Morales finished fourth with a total of +10.
Although, in winning the Hoerman Cup, Puerto Rico took home the tournament's most important and coveted prize, it was not the National Team's only victory. The Super Senior best-ball duo of Israel Ortiz and Carlos Matos carded a final-round -1 to finish at -2 for the event and win the Higgs & Higgs Trophy. Trinidad & Tobago finished a distant second with a score of +7
Puerto Rico also won the Arthur Ziadie Trophy given to the country with the best overall performance across all categories at the Championships. It is Puerto Rico's second consecutive year taking home that piece of hardware.
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Yes, They did it again.....Puerto Rico Wins 6th Consecutive Title
By Alberto C. Medina - Friday, July 5th, 2013
North Sound Golf Club, Grand Cayman - With another strong performace in the final round, the Puerto Rican Junior National Team closed out their victory at the 2013 Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships and will be bringing home the Hank James Trophy, awarded to the best nation in the region, for a 6th consecutive time.
Puerto Rico finished the competition, held at North Sound Golf Club in the Cayman Islands, with 151 points in the team scoreboard. The Dominican Republic, which actually posted a better third-round score than the winners, totaled 139 points and leapfrogged Trinidad & Tobago (135) for 2nd place.
Once again it was the performance of the team's female contingent which guided the squad to victory, as the Puerto Rican girls were winners in all three age groups. In the 16-17 division, Gabriela Santini shot a third-round 76 for a final score of 228 (+12).
She had to share the individual title with Christina Ferreira of Trinidad & Tobago, whose final round of 73 elevated her into a tie for 1st place. Kristina Ortiz shot 75 on Friday and finished in 3rd place, two strokes back.
Puerto Rico's Felipe Colón, Jr.,(picture right) had an outstanding day with a final-round 70 (2-under) that gave him a final score of 228 (+12), good for 7th place, while team captain José Cardona finished 8th, two strokes back of Colón, while Daniel Cabán placed 11th.
Meanwhile, in the 11-13 group, Valeria Pacheco saved her best for last, equalling the best round of the tournament across both genders and all age groups with a 68. That score gave her a 54-hole total of 212 (-4) also the best of any player, and a full 20 stroke margin of victory over her closest competitor. Paola Delgado finished in 5th place.
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From Left to Right - Max Alverio (Overall Champion) / Erick Morales (Amateur Champion)
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Dorado, PR - (Sunday, June 23rd, 2013) Although his last score does not included red numbers, Max Alverio (-7) still managed to maintain the lead on Sunday to win this year's edition of the PRGA Championship presented by Johnnie Walker Black.
Alverio came victorious by a minimum margin of two strokes over american Wesley Brian (-5) and local touring professional from the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica, Rafael Campos (-4). Miguel Suárez (-2) and Alfredo Adrián (-1) came in 4th & 5th place respectively at the Professional Division.
Tied on 5th place with Adrian at the Overall Division, Erick Morales (-1) finally claimed the amateur championship title over defending champion Edward Figueroa (+7). His steady play thru all four rounds kept him a top of the Regular Amateur division.
A total of 8 champions and 8 runner-up were recognized in the different categories and flights during @Olympic Day, a celebration of sports and the game of golf aroud the world.
Alfred Colón (Mid-Amateur), Felipe Colón (Senior), Israel Ortiz (Super Senior), Gabriela Santini (Ladies)
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Thanks to the sponsorship and collaboration on behalf of DIAGEO & MAZDA, and the support of the PRGA Rules Committee, Carvin School Volunteers, Players & Caddies, Dorado Beach and PRGA Staff, the 2013 edition of the event hosted by the association during its 59th's anniversary was a total success.
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Round 3 - Recap
Dorado, PR - (Saturday, June 22) This year's championship course lay-out and weather conditions has seemed to favor a good number of players at the Championship Flight who has carded scores under par, lead by Max Alverio who at 207 (-9), has recorded three consecutive rounds under par (70,69,68) at the Sugarcane Course.
Alverio has improved at least one stroke every day in route to his possible next Johnnie Walker Cup title.
Erick J. Morales is the best amateur player on the field, seven (7) stokes behind Alverio at -2. But with 18 holes to go, who do you pick to win the 2013 Champion title?? / Check the Full Leadeboard
The Ladies Division is led by Gabriela Santini, while the Senior Division showcase Felipe Colón a the top of the leaderboard and Israel Ortiz as the possible champion at the Super Seniors.
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Round 2 - Recap
Dorado, PR - Max Alverio (Humacao, PR) has regained the top place at the Leaderboard of the 2013 PRGA Championship presented by Johnnie Walker Black, after a three under par round of 69 stokes and a total score of 139 strokes (5-) for the first 36 holes played.
Alverio leads the event by one stroke over fellow-competitor and friend, Rafael Campos who is in second place at -4 with 140 strokes. Campos also recorded an under par score on round two by carding a 68, among other players on the championship who went low today.
Wesley Brian finished Friday on third place at -3, while Brian Locke and Alfredo Adrian are tied for 4th at -2. Amateur Erick Morales is tied on 6th place with Golf Professional Miguel Suárez at even par. A total of 26 players has made the CUT who was drawn at 163 strokes, including the top 50% and ties of the field.
Amateur player, Dr. Alvaro Talavera aced the Par 3 #16 to record a Hole-in-One during the second round of the Championship.
Round 1 - Recap
Dorado, PR (Friday, June 21, 2013) - Brian Locke (USA) is the current leader of the 2013 PRGA Championship presented by Johnnie Walker Black at -3 (69) after the first round played at the Dorado Beach - Sugarcane Course.
Local golf professional Max Alverio (Humacao, PR) marches in second place at -2 (70), while Wesley Brian (USA) & Miguel Suárez (Aguadilla, PR) are tied on third place at -1 (71).
Defending Champion of the Johnnie Walker Cup - Rafael Campos (San Juan, PR) completes at even par (72) the TOP 5, with 54 holes to go.
Later today, the Ladies Division will be joining the championship field while the Other Flights & Categories are planned to tee-off on Saturday morning (June 22) at the Pineapple Course. Stay tuned for the results & names of the 2013 PRGA Champions and the winner of the Johnnie Walker Cup and spot into the 2014 PR Open spot.
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Daniel Caban finishes as the best amateur during the Rio Mar event
Rio Grande, PR (Sunday, June 9th, 2013) - After an opening round of 70 strokes, Daniel Caban registered a three over 74 for a total of 144 strokes, and the first place for the amateur category at the third and final event of the regular season of the PRGA Player's Tour presented by Magna Special Craft.
Playing among the top amateur players in the island including touring golf professional Rafael Campos who came in 1st place (141), west coast junior golfer Caban came in second after carding two very good scores, which will definitively help his ranking among the amateur division and will be a great boost for his confidence and game just before the 2013 PRGA Championship, on scheduled at Dorado Beach - Sugarcane and Pineapple course for June 20-23.
PGA Tour Latinoamerica member Campos, shot a 1-over par 72 on Saturday but came back with a 69 (-2) in Sunday to complete the 36 holes of the event in first place with a total of 141 strokes. Max Alverio and Robert Calvesbert tied for third place with a total of 145 strokes, while Erick Morales came in 5th at 146. Including Caban, this last three players (Alverio, Calvesbert and Morales), shot a 1-under par 70 on Saturday at the Ocean Course.
Talavera tops the amateur ranks of golf in Puerto Rico
San Juan, PR (May 11, 2013) - With a total of two events, four rounds and 72 holes played at this 2013 season of the PRGA's Players Tour presented by Magna Special Craft, amateur golfer Dr. Alvaro Talavera tops the Regular Amateur Division of the tour.
With a total of 302 points, Talavera marches in 1st place followed by juvenile golfer "Joito" Cardona in second place with 282 points. Following with 273 points is another juvenile golfer in third place, Felipe Colón, Jr., who has recently being named into the 2013 Junior Team who will be representing Puerto Rico at the 2013 CAJGC at the North Sounds Golf Club, in the Cayman Islands.
Amateur golfer Erick Morales, who posted two under-par rounds of 69(-3), 68(-4) stokes at El Legado Golf Resort event last weekend has joined the competition and is now in 4th place with a total of 254 points. He is determined to play to his best in under to earn a spot into this year's team to play the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships that will be hosted by the USVI Golf Association at the Mahogany Run Golf Club. (Read More...)
Alfred Colón leads the Regular Amateur Division during first Player's Tour event
(Sunday, April 14, 2013) - The continuation of the PRGA Player's Tour presented my MAGNA Special Craft at Costa Caribe faced strong wind gusts that somehow challenged the "driving skills" of many of the players. Susin Vélez led the Senior division with a 36-hole total of a 1-under par 143. He added a round of 73 strokes on Sunday to his 36-holes total after an opening round of 2-under par 70. Fernando Díaz was the second best player of the field, nine (9) strokes behind Vélez with a 152. Felipe Colón, Sr. and Mario "Coco" Carbia shared a tie for third place with 154 strokes.
Alfred Colón finished as the best player at the Regular Amateur Division with rounds of 75 and 71 strokes for an accmulated total of 146. Colón's final score was ten(10) strokes better than his closest competitor, Elvin González, Jr. who finished with 156 strokes (77--79) in second place, followed by Felipe Colón, Jr. in third place with 158 strokes (77-81).
Yudika Rodriguez (76--79;155) kept the pace she set on the first day, and despite a three strokes deficit from her opening round she finished on first place by only one stroke difference over Gabriela Santini (78--78;156). Krissy Ortiz came in third with a total of 159 strokes.
The 2013 PRGA Ranking will be made available thru our website very soon. Next Event is scheduled for May 4-5 at El Legado Golf Resort.
The PRGA and its Tournament Committee is extremely THANKFUL to Mr. Gunther Mainka and Head Golf Professional Ellie Rodriguez and its Staff for making all efforts necessary to guarantee the success of the first event of the Player's Tour and the playing conditions and satisfaction of all the players who participated.
RD. 1 RECAP
(Saturday, April 13, 2013) - The first round at this year's inaugural event for the PRGA Player's Tour presented my MAGNA Special Craft showcased reknown player Susin Velez leading the field at the Senior division at 2-under par 70, while Felipe Colon and Fernando Diaz tied on 2nd place with a 3-over par 75.
Best score at the Regular Amateur Division was turned in by Alfred Colón who also shot 75, placing two strokes ahead of Felipe Colón, Jr. and Elvin Gonzalez, Jr. who tied on second place with a score of 77 strokes. Yudika Rodriguez led the Ladies field with a 76.
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Scott Brown Wins the PR Open
Río Grande, PR (March 10, 2012) - Scott Brown calmly made a four-foot putt on the 18th hole at Trump International Golf Club to set a new tournament record of -20 and notch his first PGA TOUR win at the 2013 Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com.
"It's a dream come true, something you dream about as a kid," said Brown. "For me, I've been playing golf since I was four or five years old and, obviously, growing up in Augusta, Georgia, I was probably 500 yards from the front gate. So it means a great deal."
Brown, who co-led with Fabián Gómez of Argentina heading into championship Sunday, was -19 and one stroke off Gómez's lead to start the final hole, a par-5 that had yielded plenty of birdies and not a few eagles throughout the tournament. "I knew I'd have to, at least, make birdie, and I figured I'd have to make eagle, to be honest, the way he was playing," said Brown.
WIth the pressure on and the trophy on the line, however, Gómez stumbled. On his second shot, a wayward 3-iron landed in a trap short of the green. His third overshot the stick and rolled to a back bunker. Gómez lifted it out cleanly but left himself too difficult a par putt and he missed it by mere inches. The resulting bogey dropped him to -19 and a momentary first-place tie with Brown and Jordan Spieth, who had charged up the leaderboard en route to shooting a 67.
The door was opened for Brown, who left his second shot just short of the green, chipped to within four feet and stood over the putt that would make him a champion. "I was just trying to keep my hands from shaking off the putter," he later recalled. They didn't, and he sank it to card a winning 70.
The 29-year-old Brown wins $630,000, full PGA TOUR status through 2015, and 300 FedEx Cup points. He also earns automatic berths in top-flight events like this year's Arnold Palmer Invitational, THE PLAYERS Championship, Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, the Memorial Tournament, AT&T National, the PGA Championship, and the 2014 Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
For Gómez, who shot a final-round 71, it was his best finish ever at a PGA TOUR event. Though obviously disappointed about the victory that slipped away, he was generally pleased with his performance.
"That's golf; you just never know," said Gómez about his finish. "I felt I had to make birdie because I thought he was going to make birdie, so I tried to hit it on there with the 3-iron and just hit a bad shot."
It had been the first time the Argentinean led a PGA TOUR event, and he confessed that nerves may have gotten the best of him. "The pressure definitely played its part, as did the course, which played tougher today."
For Spieth, the 19-year-old former world #1 amateur, this t-2nd finish comes in just his third PGA TOUR start as a professional. The former Texas Longhorn had started the day four back before birdies on five of the first 10 holes, but a bogey on 16 cost him dearly.
"Just one short; didn't get up and down on 15 or 16, and it cost me," said Spieth. "But all in all, obviously I'm real excited with how the week ended, and I would have taken second at the beginning of the week if you told me. It was cool to battle on the back nine there and know that I was close in the heat and feel the pressure. First time experience for me."
Justin Bolli (66) and Brian Stuard (68) took home of a share of third place at -18. Andrés Romero, who led after the first two rounds before a disastrous 75 on Saturday, bounced back with a 66 on the final day to finish at -17, tied for sixth with former U.S. Amateur champ Peter Uihlein (67).
David Hearn (66), D.J. Trahan (66), and Boo Weekley (68) finished tied for eight to round out the top-10.
Puerto Rican pro Rafael Campos carded a 74 to finish at even par for the tournament, the best score by a local player in the event's history. He finished 76th.
"These last three days I didn't do very well, but still happy to be here, very happy to be playing in this tournament and to make it to the final day," said Campos, who received a special trophy during the award ceremony for having the best performance by a Puerto Rican player.
Jorge García, the 17-year-old Venezuelan amateur playing in his first PGA TOUR event, finished at -1, one spot above Campos.
Success On and Off the Course
With down-to-the-wire action on the fairways and greens, and packed social events throughout tournament week, the 2013 Puerto Rico Open once again proved that it's a unique and fun-filled event for both fans and players.
From the Monday qualifier to the closing ceremony, the tournament was a resounding success on and off the course. Much of that is due to the hard work of the many organizers, volunteers, and sponsors who made it all possible.
"I would like to give our thanks to the over 80 great sponsors that have made the 2013 Puerto Rico Open a reality, specially to Mayor Eduard Rivera, the Government of Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, our founding partners, Banco Popular and Triple- S, the late Don Arturo Díaz, Jr., and his family, Fondos Unidos, and our over 900 volunteers and staff", said Tournament Chairman Sidney Wolf.
The event was also successful in its many charitable and community initiatives. Whether it be golf demonstrations for area youngsters, sports equipment collection drives, or donations to local hospitals, the Puerto Rico Open was, and will continue to be, a place to show appreciation for our community and help strengthen it through the game of golf.
A big part of that was on display on championship Sunday which was also Pink Day in support of women's golf. The Puerto Rico Open and the Puerto Rico Golf Association have made it their priority to promote golf among women in Puerto Rico, and have created two new programs exclusively for women. The first, Golf and the City, organizes social events around golfing to introduce women to golf and offers free clinics by professional golfer Sasha Medina. The second is the Ladies Puerto Rico Golf Association, which helps female golfers improve their skills and techniques to a professional level.
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We look forward to another great year at the 2014 Puerto Rico Open.
PACHECO & BAEZ finishes as the Low-Individual Players at El Legado
(February 10, 2013) - During the third event of the PRGA Junior Program 2012-2013 season, Pacheco led the Girls 13 & U. group, and the rest of the girls divisions with 1-under par 71 today and 75 yesterday for a total of 146 strokes.
Báez (154) made a comeback today with a 74 at the Boys 18 & U.,after a first round of 80 strokes to came in first place by only a one-stroke difference.
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TORO & PACHECO divide top honors at the PRGA Junior Event at Dorado Beach
Dorado, PR (Monday, Jan.14, 2013) - The third event of the 2012-2013 Junior Golf Season of the PRGA took place over the weekend at the Sugarcane Course at Dorado Beach. With the participation of 53 players on all ten (10) categories contested, the tournament inaugurated the tournament season of the PRGA for the New Year.
Sebastian Toro led the field of the Boys 18 & Under with a 36-hole score of 147 strokes, while Alberto Firpi (Boys 15&U.) and Alejandro Toro (Boys 13&U.) came in first place at their respective categories.
Two of the promising juvenile players at the Girls Division, Diana Vélez (15&U.) and Valeria Pacheco (13&U.) , tied for the best score of the event with an aggregate total of 145 strokes.
Playing at her home course, Vélez shot two consistent rounds of 73 & 72, while Pacheco added up a one-under par 71, on Sunday to the round of 74 strokes on Saturday. The 18 &U. division leader was Kristina Ortiz who totaled 155 strokes to win.
Top Players of the 11&U. and the 9&U. age groups, who compete over 9 holes each day were the following:
BOYS – Diego Saavedra & Diego Robles // GIRLS - Camila Robles & Darianys Guzmán.
The PRGA Junior Program Directors & Members of the Program are extremely thankful to SUBWAY, who provided lunch for all participants, rules officials and staff during the event. The company has confirmed an important commitment to the golf association in order to support its program and events throughout and educational initiative to fight child obesity and teach healthy eating habits while practicing sports.
El Legado Golf Resort will be the next site for the 4th event of the Junior Program Schedule of Events.
ORTIZ & CARDONA top the 2012-13 Jr. Program Season Opener at Rio Mar
Rio Grande, PR (Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012) - The inagural event of the most recent PRGA Junior Golf Program season wrapped upearlier today at the Rio Mar Country Club - River Course with the participation of 54 young golfers between the ages of 8 to 18. Showcasing a new format of 36-hole events, the program aims to provide more competitive rounds to its members who participate inthe regular season, while also preparing them for other events.
Kristina Ortiz recorded the best 36-hole score of the entire field in the two-day tournament with a total of 147 strokes, including a 1-under-par 71 today. She led the 18 & Under Girls division by 11 strokes over fellow competitor Yudika Rodriguez, who totaled 158.
Diana Vélez (154), improved after a first round of 78 strokes, signing her card with a 76 today in order to win the Girls 15 & Under division by three strokes over her sister Alexandra and fellow competitor Natalia Rivera, who tied in second place at 157. Faviola González completed the first 36-hole tournament in her junior career with a total score of 192 strokes.
José Cardona was the low overall score at the Boys 18 & Under division with a total of 151 strokes, followed by Sebastián Toro (158) in second place. Kenneth Martínez earned the1st place in the Boys 15 & Under group with an aggregate score of 154 strokes. The leader of the 13 & Under age group was Melvin Morales (160), who barely got 1st place by just one stroke over Alejandro Toro (161).
Within the younger ages groups, Diego Saavedra (Boys 11 & U.) and Diego Robles (Boys 9 & U.) won their categories with final scores of 87 and 84 strokes, respectively. Meanwhile, Camila Robles and Adriana Balaguer were the female winners in those same age groups. Players in these categories played nine holes each day, with parents and/or friends as their caddies.
Please click on the link below to view the full results of all categories.
Our CONGRATULATIONS to all winners, participants and parents who attended, and MANY THANKS to the Carvin School volunteers, rules officials, and the Rio Mar Golf Club staff for making the event possible.
Caguas Real Golf Club Junior Team wins the 2012 Copa Martin Overall Trophy
CONGRATULATIONS to Eduardito Figueroa, Golf Professional at this year's host club Caguas Real Golf & Country Club, and his team members; María Torres & Andrew Baez (18 & Under Div.) and José G. Pedraza & Gabriel Colón (14 & Under. Div.)
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(January 6, 2013) - Puerto Rico finished tied for 8th place at the 2013 Copa de las Américas which was held this week at Doral Golf Resort in Miami, Florida.
Erick Morales and Edward Figueroa combined to shoot +28 for the tournament. Both players stumbled a bit at the end, with final rounds of 79 and 80, respectively, after solid starts before the weekend had left Puerto Rico fighting for one of the top-5 spots in the Men’s tournament.
Overall, Morales submitted rounds of 74, 71, 78, and 79. Meanwhile, Figueroa shot 75, 73, 75, and 80 throughout the event. The highlight of the tournament for Puerto Rico was undoubtedly Figueroa’s ace on the 4th hole during the first round.
The 2013 Copa de las Américas featured some of the best amateur golfers in the world from 11 countries in the Western Hemisphere. México won the Men’s competition with an outstanding total score of -1, followed by Canada (+3) and the United States (+6). The U.S. took home the Women’s trophy, while Canada won the overall category which combined the scores from both the male and female competitions.
The next Copa de las Américas will be held on 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, and will serve as a prelude to golf’s triumphant return to the Olympic stage later that year in Rio.
Second Round Recap
(January 4, 2013) - Puerto Rico moved into fifth place, just six strokes off the lead, after the second day of play at the 2013 Copa de las Americas.
Both Edward Figueroa and Erick Morales improved on their first-round performances on Friday. Morales led the way with a strong score of 71 (-1), three strokes better than his opening round of 74. The Rutgers alum got off to a great start on the day with an eagle on the par-5 1st hole, and was able to maintain his rhythm and momentum throughout the rest of the day.
Figueroa, for his part, improved on his first round of 75 with a 73 on Friday. Unlike in that first day, when Figueroa recorded no birdies aside from a hole in one, the 18-year-old college freshman had four birdies on the day en route to a solid performance.
Both golfers had predicted that they would play better as the tournament wore on at Doral in Miami, Florida, and that has been the case so far. The talented tandem has Puerto Rico at a two-day total of +5, while Colombia currently holds first place at -1. México (+1), Canada (+2), and Argentina (+3) are in second though fourth place.
The action continues at Doral until Sunday.
First Round Recap
(January 3, 2013) - The Puerto Rican team of Erick Morales and Edward Figueroa put together a strong first round on Thursday at the 2013 Copa de las Américas being held at Doral in Miami, Florida.
Morales (74) and Figueroa (75) are a combined +5 after the first day of play. That puts Puerto Rico in sixth place on the Men’s standings, well within striking distance of leader Colombia in a crowded field of 11 national teams from the Western Hemisphere.
“Everyone is right there,” said Morales about the tight leaderboard. “There were a few rounds below par, but all the teams are pretty close.”
For Morales, it was an up-and-down day under beautiful conditions at Doral, thanks in part to a late arrival in Florida. “My flight was delayed and I didn’t get here until yesterday at 4:00 p.m., so this was like my practice round,” he said. “There were a couple of holes where I was a little lost and it cost me, because I would’ve made some different decisions if I knew the course better.”
Still, Morales was able to put together a solid round thanks to birdies on two of the four par 5’s on the course. “I’m feeling good about my game, I like the way I’m hitting the ball, and I know tomorrow (Friday) is going to be much better.”
Figueroa had it a bit tougher, with five bogeys in the round and no birdies. He did, however, manage a spectacular hole-in-one on the 4th hole that was certainly the highlight of his day.
"Although I did not play very good today I am honored to be here and it is awesome playing a course that is in perfect condition and playing against some of the best amateurs in the world," said Figueroa.
Play continues at Doral until Sunday, when the best team in the Americas will be crowned.
2013 Copa de las Americas PREVIEW
Doral Golf Resort, Fl. (January 3, 2013) - The PUR Men's team composed by National Amateur Champion Edward Figueroa and top amateur Erick Morales, began this morning their participation at this year's Copa de las Americas.
Hosted by the USGA at the famed TPC Blue Monster Course at Doral Golf Resort & Spa, the field showcases a total of 11 countries, and eleven (11) men & eight (8) women teams participating. (USGA Storylines about the event)
Erick and Edward teed-off this morning around 8:10 am and 8:20 am from Hole #1, along with players from Guatemala and Mexico. Only after three holes played, Figueroa accomplished every golfer's dream by scoring a Hole-in-One at the 220-yards Par 3 No. 4, as reported by PRGA staff attending the event in Florida.
Live Scoring for both, teams and players is being reported after nine holes, so the Men's Event - Leaderboard Results will be refreshed by then.
You can follow the action of Copa de las America on Twitter by using the hash tag #Copa, or review the PRGA's Official Facebook page.
Stay tuned to www.prga.org for Updates & Scores...
Torres wins the 2012 Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship
(December 31, 2012) - Puerto Rico’s top junior golfer, Maria F. Torres closed out her 2012 in winning fashion with a victory at the Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship, one of the most prestigious junior tournaments in all of golf.
Torres, who recently turned 18, finished with a total score of +4, one stroke better than her closest competitor, American Nicole Morales. Torres had rounds of 75 and 73 in the first two days of play before shooting a stunning, bogey-free 66 in the third round, a score that stood out as the best round of the tournament.
“After the first two days I was +6 and that round of 66 helped me a lot and put me in second place,” said Torres, who finished up with a 74 on the final day to claim the title. “Today (on Sunday) when I woke up I just felt calm; I would make a mistake and think ‘whatever, let’s keep going.’”
Torres pointed out that her win was due in large part to that self-confidence and to a good putting stroke over the last couple of rounds. She also admitted feeling excited to the point of near-speechlessness at the thought of having won such an important event. “It means a lot to me, to win the Orange Bowl. I’m very excited,” said Torres, who became the first Puerto Rican in history to win the tournament.
Over 30 talented competitors from countries like Argentina, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, and South Korea played in the Girls’ category of the Championship, which was held at Biltmore Golf Course in Miami. Puerto Rican Yudika Rodríguez also played in the event.
Torres’ win is just the most recent in a string of great successes this year for the young golfer. In April, she won the AJGA’s TaylorMade-adidas event at Innisbrook, shortly before bein crowned the best female golfer in the Caribbean. She went on to play in prestigious events like the U.S. Girls Championship and the Duke of York Young Champions Trophy, as well as representing Puerto Rico at this year’s World Amateur Team Championships in Turkey.
“It was a year of big changes,” said Torres. “I had some wins, I achieved some things at the World Championships; it was really a very tough year, but great at the same time.”
Next up for Torres, this January, is the AJGA’s Annika Invitational. And, in just a few months, she will begin her NCAA career as a member of the University of Florida golf team.
“I just want to have a great finish to my junior career and start that next stage at college,” said Torres.
The Puerto Rico Golf Association, its Board of Directors and entire membership of the Junior Golf Program CONGRATULATES Marife on her accomplishment and important victory at her succesful junior golf career, due to her dedication, commitment and love for the game of golf as well as the support of her parents, family and entire training staff.
Torres leads the Girls field at the 2012 Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship
(December 30th, 2012) - Showcasing the skills, temper and game that awarded her the "Player of the Year" & "Junior Golfer of the Year" Awards for the most recent season of the PRGA Junior Program and "Rolex Junior All-American - Second Team recognition" by the AJGA, 17-year old Maria Torres is at the top of the leaderboard of this year's Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship Girls field after nine holes played at. It is the first time ever in the history of the event, that a player from PR leads the field during any round and most important during its final day. (View Leaderboard)
Torres moved into contention of this important international junior event yesterday, when she shot a 5-under par 66 at the 6,089 yards / Par 71 course, in order to move up from a tie on 9th place into a solo second behind the leader on the third round, Megan Khan from USA. There is around 20 other countries represented at the event contested by 32 players, including Yudika Rodriguez also from PR.
After her round yesterday Torres said she wasn’t sure why everything went so smoothly: “I really don’t know. I was just in my zone today. Everything worked, especially putting. I only missed four greens and got up and down each time, twice with good chips and twice from bunkers. I just felt so good, so in control for the entire round” - as quoted in the Press Release by David Mackintosh, Press Official for the event.
Puerto Rico represented at the 2012 Junior Orange Bowl
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San Juan, PR (December 26, 2012) - Three of the top local junior golfers from Puerto Rico will tee off tomorrow among the international field of players participating from this year's Junior Orange International Golf Championship. The 2012 Junior Island Champions, Maria Torres & Sebastian Toro, will be joined at the annual golf championship by Yudika Rodriguez, one of the top ranked girls within the PRGA Junior Golf Program.
This will be only the second time in the history of junior golfers from Puerto Rico participating, where more than two local players participate from the event which showcases reknown professional players such as Tiger Woods (USA) & Camilo Villegas (COL), as well as Christina Kim (USA) and Julieta Granada (PAR) among the list of past champions.
Outstanding Results for Torres & Velez at the Doral Publix Jr. Golf Classic
Diana Velez & Maria Torres, came in second and third place in their respective categories as they participated last week at the 2012 Doral Publix Junior Golf Classic hosted by The First Tee Miami - Dade Amateur Golf Association.
Velez came in second place tied with two other players with a total of 146 strokes, and behind winner Sara Garcia from Spain by only a two-strokes difference at the 36-holes championship. Valeria Pacheco came in 5th place by the minimum difference of one stroke (147) behind Diana athe Girls 12-13 Age Category.
Maria Torres, who played later in the week at the Girls 16-18 Age Category, accomplished a third place with a total of 222 strokes, behind winner Emily Pedersen (USA) at 215 (-1).
Other players from Puerto Rico in the field of this important junior event were; Alejandro Toro, Héctor Rivera, Ian Aldarondo, Fabian Brugueras y Andres Aranguren in the younger age groups, and Joito Cardona, Kristina Ortiz, Alexandra Velez y Paola Diaz.
Kristina Ortiz wins FCWT Junior Event in Orlando
(November 25, 2012) - While the junior boys get ready to go in Guatemala, local girl Kristina Ortiz just wrapped up a solid victory at the Champions Gate 54-hole event in Orlando, Florida as part of the Future Collegians World Tour (FCWT) circuit.
The 15-year-old Ortiz, who had already notched a top-5 finish at a previous FCWT event, finished this past week’s tournament with a total score of +18.
She bested her two closest competitors, Chinese Tong Wang and Mexican Alejandra Velasco, by seven strokes. Ortiz also had the two best rounds in the tournament with scores of 75 on the last two days of play. Natalia Rivera and
In the same event, but in the boys’ category, José Cardona (Joito) achieved a top-20 finish with a score of +18 in the overall field, but a 2nd place finish within the 13-15 division. It was his second consecutive event among the Top 5 players on his category, since few days before he also played at the Mystic Dunes Golf Club event.
Fellow Puerto Ricans José Benítez, Ricky Ramos and Jayson González also participated from these events in Florida.
PUR Junior Golf Team participation at Guatemala Junior International Championship
(From left to right - Sebastián Toro, Raymond Arrieta, Daniel Cabán & Francisco Rivera)
Toro Gets Top-10 Finish in Guatemala
By Alberto Medina - PRGA Staff Writter
Puerto Rican junior champion Sebastián Toro added another impressive line to his golf résumé this week by notching a top-10 finish at the LXI Junior Golf National Championship in Guatemala.
Toro, who played in the Boys 15-18 category along with fellow local players Daniel Cabán and Raymond Arrieta, Jr., finished his four rounds of play with a gross total of 310 (+26) on a very challenging course at Altavista Golf & Tennis Club. Toro was very consistent throughout the event with rounds of 73, 80, 78, and 79; that first round of 73 was one of the lowest in the entire tournament.
Cabán and Arrieta finished in 20th and 23rd place with total scores of 333 and 345, respectively.
The event, which featured 30 golfers from six (6) Latin American countries in that Boys’ category, was won in dramatic fashion by Colombian Pablo Andrés Torres, who beat out Salvadorean Daniel Gurtner by just one stroke, 294 to 295.
Next up for Toro will be the Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship in December. Other talented Puerto Rican junior golfers, like María Torres and Yudika Rodríguez, will also participate in that event.
Round 3 - Update (Thursday, Nov.29, 212)
Third round at the LXI Guatemala's Junior National Championship, gave Sebastian a chance to improve his overall position on the leaderboard, moving up few spots after a score of 78 (+5) strokes. Toro is now tied on 4th place with Juan Ignacio Yumar from Venezuela, both going into the final round of the Junior Championship twelve (12) strokes behind leader Daniel Gurtner from Guatemala.
Second best score of the team on thursday was carded by Raymond Arrieta (pictured right) with an 83, recovering a total of seven strokes from day 2 which helped him to improve his position on the international field of juvenile golfers.
Left-handed player Daniel Cabán once again struggled to break the 80's as he posted an 87 yesterday and is now tied at 19th place, but looking forward a better final round.
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(courtesy of Francisco J. Rivera / Raymond Arrieta)
Round 2 - Update (Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012)
For second consecutive day, Toro lead the local team with the lowest round of the 3 juniors from PUR on the field with an 80 (+8), which cause him to drop down some positions on the leaderboard. He is now in a tie for 7th place with Alejandro Coll (COL) with a total of 154 strokes.
Daniel remained in the low 80's as his score on the second round was only a stroke behind (83) while Arrieta struggle to improve his opening round and carded a 90 on Wednesday, when chilly weather conditions and course difficulty seemed to negatively affect the scores for the entire field.
Round 1 - Update (Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012)
Sebastian Toro led the team with an opening round of 73 strokes, to finish at +1 and tied for third place with another junior from Guatemala, as a 68 (-4) from Pablo Andres Torres from Colombia was the leading score on the field, playing at an altitude of 4,300 feet over sea level and battling against the out-of-bounds that come in play almost on every hole.
Daniel Caban shot an 82, to complete his first round at Alta Vista Golf & Country Club at +10, while fellow team member Raymond Arrieta signed his card with an 87.
Talented Juniors Players begin participation at International Championship in Guatemala
(November 26, 2012) - Starting this Tuesday, a trio of talented local junior players will represent Puerto Rico as they begin play at the LXI National Junior Golf Championship in Guatemala.
Sebastián Toro, Daniel Cabán and Raymond Arrieta, Jr., will join nearly 60 young golfers from half-a-dozen nations for this year’s championship, which is being held at Alta Vista Golf and Tennis Club in the town of San José Pinula. The junior event, which will feature four rounds of golf and finish on November 30, follows the adult championship which was held earlier this month.
The Puerto Rican golfers who will tee it up in Guatemala are very strong players with vast international experience. Toro, the Island’s current junior national champion, most recently placed 5th at this year’s Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships (CAJGC) and later played at the 2012 Callaway Junior World Championships.
Cabán, also a CAJGC participant, added the Junior Open Championship and the USGA State Team Championship to his golf résumé this year. Arrieta, Jr., who has competed internationally since age 10, recently helped Puerto Rico win the 2012 Copa Campeones against the rival team from the Dominican Republic.
Raymond Arrieta, who is accompanying his son and the other local players, said that the boys are ready and confident that they will put in a good performance. He also shared that it should be a challenging four days on a tough golf course.
“It’s a very narrow and mountainous golf course, and we’re at about 2,000 feet above sea level,” said Arrieta, who added that the weather has been cool. “They’re going to do a lot of walking and a lot of playing…I think whoever survives the best is going to end up winning,” added Arrieta, who anticipated that bogey might be a good score on many holes.
Stay tuned to the PRGA website for updates on our players’ performance in Guatemala.
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Sebastián Vázquez Wins inaugural edition of the Puerto Rico Classic
(Photo Credit - Enrique Berardi - / PGA TOUR Latinoamerica)
DORADO (November 18, 2012) -
Mexican Sebastián Vázquez notched his first professional win and became the first-ever champion of the Puerto Rico Classic when the event wrapped up on Sunday with an exciting final round at Dorado Beach's East Course.
Vázquez, who went into the championship round with a score of -13 and a two-stroke lead over Argentinean Jorge Fernández-Valdés, added one stroke to his margin of victory by shooting 71 and finishing the tournament with a total of -14. The young golfer, who just last month was an amateur who won the individual title at the recent World Amateur Team Championships, displayed great composure throughout the week and took advantage of his magnificent performances on Thursday and Saturday, when he shot 65 and 66, respectively.
"I'm very pleased. I didn't expect this; the truth is that I came into the tournament with different expectations," said Vázquez about his victory. "I played conservatively when I had to play conservatively, I was agressive when I had to be agressive, I hit the bally well, and I didn't land in the rough much, which helps a lot," said the young golfer about his keys to victory.
Besides receiving the lion's share of the tournament's $125,000 purse and rocketing into the top-10 of the circuit's Order of Merit, Vázquez also won another valuable prize: an invitation to play in next year's Puerto Rico Open.
"Puerto Rico was very good to me and I hope it's even better next year so I can have a good performance," said Vázquez about playing in next year's Open, and about his experience on the Island, which he said was outstanding.
Fernández-Valdés finished second with a score of -12, and his countryman Julio Zapata shot -11 to take home third place. Fellow Argentinean Ariel Cañete, the tour's current number one player, finished at -6 to win a share of 7th place.
Figueroa top Puerto Rican player
Amateur player Edward Figueroa won the Jim Teale Player Performance Award given to the event's top Puerto Rican golfer; he finished tied for 14th with a final score of -2. Figueroa, who shot a final-round 74, started the day off well with birdies in two of the first three holes, but then followed up a double bogey on 5 with two more consecutive bogeys that knocked him out of contention for a top-10 spot.
"I was just hitting bad shots," he said. "I think I got tired throughout the day because I'm not really used to (playing for) four days; it's a lot of golf," said Figueroa, a college freshman who has been playing well on the NCAA circuit, which usually hosts three-round tournaments.
Roosevelt Roads Golf Association Takes Home the Emilio Casellas Cup
(October 23, 2012) – Over 65 players from five local golf clubs came together last Sunday at Trump International to compete in the inaugural edition of the PRGA Associate Member Clubs Championship. And, when all was said and done, the squad from the Roosevelt Roads Golf Association took home the victory and the Emilio Casellas Cup with a total of 1,049 strokes.
Roosevelt Roads dominated the competition, particularly thanks to the performance of some of its higher-handicapped players. While Iván Díaz, from Cangrejos Golf Club, led the 1st Flight (0-4.0 HI) with a round of 77, and Mario ‘Coco’ Carbia, from the Liga Senior de Puerto Rico, was the best in the 2nd Flight (4.1-8.0 HI) with a 74, Joaquín Negrón (80) and Jimmy Figueroa (83) far outpaced the competition in the 4th and 5th Flights to put some distance between them and the Cangrejos, who finished second with 1,088 strokes.
The Liga Senior finished third, just three strokes behind at 1,091. Tropical Golf Club and Coquí Golf Club also participated.
The Championship featured several notable players, like Carbia and Raúl Rivera, who recently represented Puerto Rico at the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships in St. Kitts. Incidentally, Carbia’s round of 74 was the lowest of any player on the day.
The Puerto Rico Golf Association congratulates the players from Roosevelt Roads GA on their fantastic performance, and thanks all of the participating clubs, Puerto Rico Senior League, Tropical Golf Club, Cangrejos Golf Club, Coqui Golf Club and each and every one of the golfers who attended for making the event a resounding success. See you all next year!
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By Alberto Medina - PRGA Staff Writer
This past weekend, Puerto Rico’s top professional golfer, Rafael Campos, wrapped up a successful season on the inaugural PGA TOUR Latinoamérica as the circuit concluded with the 107 Visa Open in Buenos Aires.
Campos, who played on 10 of the tour’s 11 tournaments, placed 12th in Argentina with a total score of -5. It was Campos’ fifth top-15 finish and allowed him to finish 14th in the tour’s Order of Merit, which guarantees him a spot on next year’s circuit. Overall, Campos made 8 of 10 cuts and earned over $23,000.
PGA TOUR veteran Ángel Cabrera, playing in his first and only PGA TOUR Latinoamérica event, won the Visa Open in dominant fashion with a score of -18 after shooting a spectacular final-round 64. It was a fitting finale for the Argentines who dominated the season, winning 8 of 11 events and capturing four of the top-5 spots on the Order of Merit. Ariel Cañete, the only player to win two tournaments, easily finished atop the leaderboard, while his fellow countrymen Clodomiro Carranza, Matías O’Curry and Tommy Cocha took spots three through five, with Mexican Oscar Fraustro placing second.
Those five players will go on to play in the 2013 Web.com TOUR, where they’ll have the chance to earn their PGA TOUR card. Meanwhile, qualifying for the next PGA TOUR Latinoamérica season will take place in February with events in Perú and Florida, where the top 20 players from each qualifying tournament will join the field of returning players like Campos for next year’s circuit, which will feature additional events and even more excitement.
Congratulations to our Rafa Campos and all of the Latin American stars who made the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and, especially, the inaugural Puerto Rico Classic, so exciting. We look forward to next year’s competition.
Solid Start for Rafa Campos in Argentina
Nordelta GC, Argentina (December 14, 2012) - After the first 18 holes played among the region's best professional golfers, he's at it again!
Rafa Campos is in 5th place after a first-round 67 (-5) at the 107 Visa Open de Argentina, presentado por Peugeot , the last tournament of this inaugural season for the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
He is tied in 7th place with two of the top five players from the Order of Merit, Ariel Cañete and Clodomira Carranza, and only two shots behind first round leader Angel Cabrera, a US Open & Masters Champion,
It has been an exciting year and experience for Campos, who turned professional back in 2011 and later ranked among the Top 10 players in the TLA's Order of Merit during 2012. His performance at the South American tour earned him a full exemption into the recently launched circuit conducted by the PGA TOUR.
As the overall champion of the PRGA Championship held back in June 2012, Campos is expected to play in the 2013 PR Open along Sebastián Vázquez (MEX) who won the 2012 PR Classic in only his second start as a golf professional
Stay tuned to PRGA.org for Updates on Campos performance at the 107 Visa Open and other interesting news for golf in Puerto Rico.
Campos finishes on 4th place at the Brazil Open
By Alberto C. Medina -PRGA Staff Writer
October 6, 2012 – Rafael Campos matched his best finish at a PGA TOUR Latinoamérica event this Saturday, when he tied for fourth place at the Brazil Open presented by Credit Suisse Hedging-Griffo.
Campos led the tournament from day one and went into the final round with a three-stroke lead, but he lost that advantage almost immediately after a disastrous triple-bogey on the 3rd and two additional bogeys on the 7th and 8th holes. The young pro bounced back; he started off the back nine with consecutive birdies on the 10th and 11th, and another one on the 13th that put him back in a tie for first place with Argentinean Clodomiro Carranza, and Mexican José de Jesús Rodríguez. However, they both scored scored a birdie, each, in the final four holes to move ahead, while Campos double-bogeyed 17 and 18 to close out a round of 76 (+5) and finish the tournament with a score of -10 that dropped him to fourth place.
Rodríguez and Carranza fought it out in a playoff hole, with the Argentinean winning it to take home the title. Players from Argentina have now won all four of the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica event.
While Campos’ finish is surely disappointing giving how dominant he had been through the first thee rounds, it is still another fantastic performance and top-10 finish. Campos has now placed 4th, 9th,14th and 4, respectively, in each of the circuit’s events, and he’s still in the top-10 of the Order of Merit. At the end of the season, the top-5 on that leaderboard will move on to the Web.com TOUR.
The PGA TOUR Latinoamérica now travels to Buenos Aires for its fifth tournament. The eight event will be right here on the Island from November 12-18, when Campos and many other local players will get their chance to play with the best in the region at Dorado Beach East.
Campos widens his lead in Brazil
By Alberto C. Medina / PRGA Staff Writter
(October 5, 2012) – Puerto Rican pro Rafael Campos now holds a three-stroke lead after 56 holes in the Brazil Open, as he looks to notch his first tournament win on the new PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
Campos, who has been at the top of the leaderboard since day one, had another fantastic round on Friday, shooting 66 to improve to-15 overall for the event. The 24-year-old shot two bogeys but made up for them with five birdies and an eagle on the course at the Sao Fernando Golf Club in Sao Paulo to remain in front of the other competitors heading into the championship round.
Those closest rivals are José de Jesús Rodríguez, from México, who is in second place at -12, and Argentinean Jorge Monroy, who has sole possession of third place with a score of -10.
While this is is, without a doubt, Campos’ best performance so far on the Latin American circuit, he had already established himself as a top contender. Campos finished 4th and 9th at the first two events in México, and 14th at the third and most recent tournament, in Colombia, before his dominant performance so far in Brazil.
Regardless of whether he brings home the title, and barring a complete collapse, his play so far will propel Campos back into the top-5 of the tour’s Order of Merit. That’s where every golfer wants to be at the end of the year, since those five best players will move on to the Web.com TOUR and be just one step away from duking it out with the likes of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy on the PGA TOUR.
A win in Brazil should also give Campos great confidence and momentum as he looks forward to the next events. The tour will move on to Buenos Aires this week, and it will come to our Island on November 12-18 for the Puerto Rico Classic.
Campos takes the early lead in Brazil with an opening round of 64 strokes
By Alberto C. Medina - PRGA Staff Writer
(October 3, 2012) - Puerto Rican pro Rafael Campos played one of the best rounds of his life on Wednesday, and currently leads the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica’s Brazil Open after the first round of play.
Campos submitted a brilliant performance at the Sao Fernando Golf Club in Sao Paulo. He scored seven birdies, including three consecutive ones on holes 16-18, and avoided all bogeys to finish the day with 64 (-7) and reach the top of the leaderboard. Mexican José de Jesús Rodríguez and Brazilian Ronaldo Francisco are following close behind; they share second place with scores of -6, each. Campos is the only Puerto Rican playing on the tour this week.
Campos’ performance in Brasil cannot come as a surprise, given his results in the three previous events on the Latin American circuit. He finished in the top 15 (4th, 9th and 14th) in each one, and he’s currently seventh on the Order of Merit with over $12,000 in winnings. At the end of the season, the top-5 players on that Order of Merit will go on to play in the Web.com TOUR and have a chance to earn their PGA TOUR card and play at the highest level of professional golf.
The Brazil Open continues until Saturday; then, the following week, the circuit will move on to Buenos Aires for the Roberto de Vicenzo Invitational. On November 12-18, the action will come to the Island for the Puerto Rico Classic, which will feature not just Campos but other touring pros like Max Alverio and Miguel Suárez, as well as recently-qualified local players like Wilfredo Morales, Eduardito Figueroa, José Esteves, and amateur Alfred Colón.
By Alberto C. Medina - PRGA Staff Writer
(October 18, 2012) – Puerto Rican golfer María Torres was recognized as one of the top 24 junior female golfers on the planet when she was named to the Rolex Junior All-America second team by the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA). / The AJGA Insider - Oct. 2012
Golf Week announced the full list of All-Americans this week. The AJGA selected two teams of 12 players each, along with 24 honorable mentions, in both the male and female categories. Overall, 96 players from 22 states and 10 countries were recognized. (Read More...)
“It’s a big achievement for me,” said Torres. “I’m seeing the results of all the effort I put into playing well.”
Torres, a high-school senior, has had an exciting and successful 2012 that have made her more than deserving of the AJGA’s recognition. She began the year by repeating as Junior Island Champion for the third consecutive year; later she went on to win the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Innisbrook.
“Innisbrook was one of my favorite experiences this year, because it’s such a big deal in the AJGA,” said Torres about the prestigious event in Tampa, Florida. That was one of the national tournaments which gave Torres points toward the AJGA’s rankings; the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, in which Torres played for the first time, was another. Torres was also the individual champion in the junior and adult Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships, and placed in the top-20 of the legendary Duke of York Champions event in Scotland.
Recently, Torres helped Puerto Rico finish 20th at the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship, while placing 26th out of 157 individual competitors.
“I really have to thank everyone for their help, and my parents and all the people around me for their support,” said Torres. “I also have to thank the PRGA for all they’ve done; Dean (Spriddle), Marilina (Silén), and Sidney (Wolf).”
Spriddle, Puerto Rico’s national teams coach, congratulated Torres. “Congratulations on this second Team All American honor, which you so richly deserve. The way that you prepare, play and perform will see nothing but bigger and better things for you in the future. You are a credit to your parents, Puerto Rico and yourself,” said Spriddle.
Meanwhile, PRGA Junior Program director Marilina Silén, spoke about how Torres’ success speaks to the PRGA’s efforts to develop talented junior golfers. “Marifé came up through the PRGA. Her effort and her parents’ dedication have been important and a key to her success, but she has also known how to appreciate and take advantage of all the opportunities the PRGA has given her. I feel very proud of her.”
The 2012 season isn’t over yet for Torres, who will soon compete at the Doral Publix Junior Golf Classic, the Polo Golf Junior Classic, and the Orange Bowl International Golf Championship. Next year, Torres will begin her collegiate career as a student and player on the Florida University golf team.