Puerto Rico Ambassadors Cup: The Cup Heads West
16 Dec 2006

FAJARDO, Puerto Rico (December 16, 2006) -- Two-thirds of the way through the 5th playing of the Puerto Rico Ambassadors Cup, teams from the left and right coast were tied at the top of the leaderboard.

Although they were highly outnumbered by the strong contingency of teams from the Northeast, the group representing Southern California's Tarzana Country Club were the last men standing. A final round of 11-under-par 133 in the more difficult "one best-ball gross plus one best-ball net" format did the trick as the co-leaders from Mill River Country Club on Long Island stumbled. Carlisle Country Club of Pennsylvania and Royal Palm Golf and Yacht Club of Boca Raton, Florida finished tied for second (more to follow).

The tournament is presented by Travel + Leisure Golf magazine and sponsored by the Tourism Board of Puerto Rico and a bevy of top golf companies. Check out all of Travel + Leisure Golf's events at www.tlgolf.com.

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Final results (top 3 teams only, complete results will be posted shortly) from the Puerto Rico Ambassador's Cup:

Rounds 1 & 2 - one best ball net; Round 3 - one best ball net plus one best ball gross.
Par = 288

Club Players Location Rd1 Rd2 Rd4 Tot +/-
Braemar Country Club Gregg Dunn Tarzana, CA 58 58 133 249 -39
Anthony Fields
Shahe Kalaydjian
Eddie Valladares
Carlisle Country Club Dan Baker Carlisle, PA 58 59 134 251 -37
Jeffrey Goyette
Edward Tubbs
Kirk Weary
Royal Palm Yacht & CC Manuel Hernandez Boca Raton, FL 59 61 131 251 -37
Chris Holtrop
Wayne Lobdell
Gerald Milot

Note: Half of the field survived the 16-under-par cut of 128 and competed for the Cup on Saturday at El Conquistador Country Club (the other half of the played a challenge round at Coco Beach Golf Club which was won by the Philadelphia Cricket Club at 11-under-par 133).

Jet Blue Challenge:
Winchester Country Club didn't make the cut, but they got the chance of a lifetime courtesy of the Jet Blue Challenge. Professional Randy Craig won closest-to-the-pin at Coco Beach (3-feet) and a shiny black SUV was waiting for his team at the end of the round. The destination was the host resort, El Conquistador, where they would soon be facing the nerve-wracking tee shot on the course's signature par-3 ninth hole.

"There was a sense of urgency as they whisked us off," said amateur Tom Schneider. "I felt we were in the secret service or something - it was pretty exciting."

The objective: four shots, make any one of them, take home a million dollars. Three out of the four players hit the water-guarded green, and amateur Tom Koslowski was just 6-feet from the mighty million...

Jet Blue Challenge Winners: Winchester Country Club - Winchester, Mass.
Randy Craig (professional)
Ralph D'Agostino (amateur)
Tom Koslowski (amateur)
Tom Schneider (amateur)

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