Buenos Aires, ARG (October 9, 2012) – Named after the greatest player ever to emerge from Latin America, the Roberto De Vicenzo Invitational Copa NEC takes center stage on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica this week. The US $125,000 tournament marks the Tour’s first visit to Argentine soil and it will be played at the San Eliseo Golf & Country Club starting on Thursday.
“Anyone who is a student of the game or a traditionalist certainly understands that Roberto De Vicenzo is a titan in the golf business. Beyond all of his accomplishments he is a true gentleman of the game and we’re proud and pleased he is a part of everything that we are doing,” said Jack Warfield, President of PGA TOUR Latinoamérica about the man honored at the Tour’s fifth event of the season.
In addition to this tournament, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica has also created the Roberto De Vicenzo Award, to be presented to the Order of Merit No. 1 at the end of every season. All of these honors are quite fitting for the man who won 231 titles around the world during an amazing international career that turned him into one of the great ambassadors of the game.
De Vicenzo has had a solid relationship with the San Eliseo Golf & CC, even calling it his “dream course". The 7,051-yard par-72 is located in the city of San Vicente, thirty miles Southwest of downtown Buenos Aires. The course features a modern design on a flat terrain in the vast Argentine pampas. It brings plenty of water into the picture with seven large lakes. Its layout also incorporates very large greens, some as significant as ten thousand square feet.
The inaugural season of PGA TOUR Latinoamérica has been very friendly to the competitive Argentines, with four of them winning the first four events played in Mexico, Colombia and Brazil. All of them – Tommy Cocha, Ariel Cañete, Matías O’Curry and Clodomiro Carranza – will be part of a strong 144-man field playing this week’s event.
In addition to the locals, the list of top contenders coming from seventeen nations includes players such as Mexico’s José de Jesús Rodríguez and Óscar Fraustro, Colombia’s Andrés Echavarría, Puerto Rico’s Rafael Campos and Chile’s Christian Espinoza. Through four events, all of them are currently ranked among the Tour’s top 10 players this season.
Álvaro Canessa, the club’s general manager and tournament director, is extremely proud to be the first to host PGA TOUR Latinoamérica in Argentina. “To host the Tour’s first event here is a huge responsibility and we know many eyes will be set on us. The PGA TOUR has brought us huge support and everything is all set for us to have a great tournament,” said this native of Uruguay, a golf professional himself and San Eliseo’s Head Professional since the course opened its doors in 2005.
Originally played following a Pro-Am format and featuring mostly local players, this tournament was founded in 2005 as the Roberto De Vicenzo Classic. Its list of former champions includes Andrés Romero, Rodolfo González, Miguel Guzmán, Paulo Pinto, Fabián Gómez, Daniel Barbetti and Nelson Ledesma.
The “Maestro” De Vicenzo, who will turn 90 in April, is expected to be in attendance on Sunday for the tournament’s final round and award presentation.