Canada set to tee-off at 2013 Copa de las Americas
Albin Choi, Corey Conners, Augusta James and Brooke Henderson to vie for prestigious team titles in Florida beginning Thursday.
Golf Canada/ Matt Cudzinowski
Published on Wednesday, Jan. 02, 2013 10:12AM EST Last updated on Wednesday, Jan. 02, 2013 11:16AM EST
The Canadian contingent of Albin Choi of Toronto, Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., Augusta James of Bath, Ont. and Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont. will take to the TPC Blue Monster Course at Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, Fla. from Jan. 3-6 for the 2013 Copa de las Americas, a biennial team event for amateurs in North, Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean.
Eleven men’s teams and eight women’s teams will compete in the fifth playing of the championship which consists of three 72-hole, stroke-play competitions – overall, men and women. Eighteen holes of stroke-play are played on each of the four days of the event.
This will mark the first time that the Copa de las Americas will be conducted within the contiguous United States of America and hosted by the United States Golf Association.
In 2010, Canada finished tied for third in the overall championship at Buenos Aires Golf Club and Olivos Golf Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 26 strokes back of winners Team USA. Matt Hill of Bright’s Grove, Ont. and Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, B.C. placed fourth in the men’s portion of the championship. Stephanie Sherlock of Barrie, Ont. and Jennifer Kirby of Paris, Ont. also earned a fourth place finish in the women’s division.
Canada has captured the overall championship at the Copa de las Americas on two occasions, earning back-to-back titles at the inaugural event in 2003 at Westin Rio Mar Beach Resort & Golf Club in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico and again in 2005 at El Tigre Club de Golf in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.
The Canadian duos of James Lepp of Abbotsford, B.C. and Peter Laws of Toronto and Laura Matthews of Essex, Ont. and Lisa Meldrum of Montreal captured their respective men’s and women’s team titles at the 2003 Copa de las Americas. Lepp and Richard Scott of Kingsville, Ont. won the men’s team crown in 2005.
Three separate trophies are given to the winners of the three divisions of the Copa de las Americas – men’s, women’s and overall. The overall trophy was given by Canada, the women’s trophy by Argentina and the men’s trophy by Puerto Rico.
The TPC Blue Monster Course at Doral Golf Resort & Spa Miami will be set up at 7,099 yards for the men and 6,295 yards for the women. It will play to a par of 36-36—72.
A list of countries and players competing in the 2013 Cope de las Americas is available here.
Scoring and statistical information for the 2013 Copa de las Americas will be available here.