EISENHOWER TROPHY FACT FILE
A record number of 70 nations will play in the Eisenhower Trophy which starts Thursday in Stellenbosch, RSA. Following is a fact file listing some interesting trivia connected with the event
A record number of 70 nations will be represented at the Eisenhower Trophy which starts Thursday at the De Zalze and Stellenbosch Golf Clubs near Cape. Following is fact file listing some of the most interesting trivia connected with the event.
NUMBER OF TEAMS – A total of 70 teams, most in the history of the championship, will be participating in South Africa. Previously, the highest number of teams was 66 in Puerto Rico in 2004.
FIRST TIME PARTICIPANTS – A total of eight teams, six from the continent of Africa, will be participating in the World Amateur Team Championship for the first time in 2006. Those countries are: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Bulgaria, Gabon, Honduras, Mauritius, Morocco, and Namibia.
Roberto Gomez, 49, Brazil, is making his record-breaking 12th appearance in the Eisenhower Trophy competition. He is owner of a sports event marketing company in Sao Paulo. He has won the Brazilian Amateur four times (1980, 1981, 1991, 2004) and the South American Amateur twice (1982 and 2002).
COLLEGE PLAYERS – The top finishers at the 2006 National Collegiate Athletic Association Championships in the USA included many players who will be participating in the World Amateur Team Championships. Of the top five finishers (with ties, six players), five are representing their countries in South Africa. Individual champion Jonathan Moore (USA, Oklahoma State); T2nd: Chris Kirk (USA, Georgia); 4: Dawie Van der walt (South Africa/Lamar); 5: Pablo Martin (Spain/Oklahoma State).
COUNTRY BY COUNTRY STORYLINES
Won Joon Lee, 20, of Calenwood, NSW, finished second at the 2006 South African Amateur, losing to Nigel Edwards of Wales in the final.
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Dejan Saran, 39, of Sarajevo, works as a graphic designer. He began playing golf in 2000.
Eduardo Pesenti, 34, of Igusuu Falls, is the director of an agro-business company. He is playing in his second Eisenhower Trophy competition but his first since 1994.
Michael Kanev, 16, of Sofia, says was influenced to play golf by watching Colin Montgomerie on TV. He is of Scotch descent so he calls himself a “Bulgarian with a Scottish accent.”
Benjamin Holley, 20, of Santiago, plays college golf at Arizona State and was a first-team All-American selection in 2003. He finished T20th at the 2006 National Collegiate Athletic Association championships.
Juan Carlos Solari, 38, of Santiago, is the CEO of a department/home improvement/financial company.
Cheng-Tsung Pan, 14, of Taipei, may be the youngest in the field. He is a junior high school student. In 2006, he won the Nesbors Trophy Cup and the Taiwan Junior championship. His older brother, Fu-chang, 17, is also a member of the team. Their mother caddied in Chinese Taipei.
Felipe Harker of Bogota is the orthopedist who happens to be the vice president and executive director of the Colombian Golf Federation. He is also the captain of the team, marking the fourth consecutive Eisenhower he has held that position. He was a player in five Eisenhower Trophy competitions.
David Vanegas, 19, of Rio Negro plays American college golf at Johnson and Wales University.
Andres Echevarria, 18, of Medellin is a golfer at the University of Florida in the USA. This is his second Eisenhower.
Lukas Tintera, 21, of Karlovy Vary, spent three years in a wheelchair with what he calls ‘a dilapidated haunch joint.’
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