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South Africa, Grillo Capture Tailhade Cup
17 Nov 2009
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BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (November 15, 2009)--The South African team of J.G. Claassen and Ryan Dreyer won the 14th annual Juan Carlos Tailhade Cup at Los Lagartos Country Club. With a total of 567 strokes, Claasen and Dreyer finished three shotws ahead of Armando Zarlenga and Tomas Cocha of Argentina. Emiliano Grillo was the best player in the Individual competition with 277 strokes.

The Argentines and South Africans, who at the end of the day yesterday were tied in first position, began play today with the firm intention to take back the title. Argentina had won twice (1996-2004), while the African team did it in 1997.

After a day with ideal weather, which was far from what it was last Friday, it was Claassen and Dreyer who capitalized taking 142 strokes, three less than the Argentine team. Third place went to Peru at 573 strokes, with Portugal fourth at 575.

J.G. Claassen closed by shooting 67, which placed him third in the individual competition. Next week, both he and Dreyer will stay in Argentina to play in the Amateur Championship at Buenos Aires Golf Club.

For his part, Tomas Cocha finished his final round with a 71 and scored a total of 285. His partner, Armando Zarlenga, finished with a 74.

In the Individual competition, Argentina's Emiliano Grillo took the top position with 277 strokes. Grillo, who won the Junior World Championships in San Diego and who has played much of the season in the U.S., shot a fina-round 69 which included a birdie at the 3rd hole and an eagle at the 15th from the bunker. "Competing in the United States helped me psychologically, and I feel that I improved technically", said Grillo, who will return to the U.S. to play in the Polo Junior Golf Championship.

Los Lagartos Country Club established Juan Carlos Tailhade Cup 36 years ago as an Individual competition, and the Argentina Golf Association created the International Team competition years later. England and Australia have four victories in the championship, followed by Argentina, the Netherlands, and now South Africa with two.

Final results of the Juan Carlos Tailhade Cup (International Team Competition), played November 12-15, 2009 at Los Lagartos Country Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina:

567 SOUTH AFRICA 144 139 142 142 J. G. CLAASSEN 74 67 71 67 279
RYAN DREYER 70 72 71 75 288
570 ARGENTINA 138 141 146 145 TOMAS COCHA 70 70 74 71 285
ARMANDO ZARLENGA 68 71 72 74 285
573 PERU 140 145 148 140 PATRICIO SALEM 68 70 75 69 282
RAFAEL CLAUX 72 75 73 71 291
575 PORTUGAL 139 147 148 141 JOSE MARIA JOIA 67 70 74 67 278
TIAGO RODRIGUEZ 72 77 74 74 297
576 SPAIN 137 147 153 139 JUAN FRANCISCO SARASTI 70 73 76 69 288
CARLOS PIGEM 67 74 77 70 288
577 FRANCE 143 140 153 141 ROMAIN WATTEL 68 72 76 69 285
JOHANN LOPEZ LAZARO 75 68 77 72 292
578 NORWAY 141 142 148 147 ELIAS BERTHEUSSEN 70 72 72 71 285
ANDERS KRISTIANSEN 71 70 76 76 293
581 GERMANY 145 144 146 146 PHILIPP WESTERMANN 70 74 73 72 289
MARCEL SCHNEIDER 75 70 73 74 292
584 NEW ZEALAND 148 149 145 142 RYAN JAMES FOX 74 74 71 71 290
PETER SPEARMAN BURN 74 75 74 71 294
584 AUSTRALIA 145 146 144 149 BRYDEN MACPHERSON 69 73 73 71 286
DANIEL BECKMANN 76 73 71 78 298
586 VENEZUELA 142 151 150 143 ROBERT DE BIASE 70 75 72 72 289
JOSE DANIEL ORTEGA 72 76 78 71 297
587 NETHERLANDS 150 145 150 142 DYLAN BOSHART 77 73 73 66 289
WILLEN VORK 73 72 77 76 298
589 SCOTLAND 150 146 150 143 ROSS KELLETT 73 73 75 69 290
DAVID LAW 77 73 75 74 299
599 ITALY 147 147 156 149 CLAUDIO VIGANO 72 73 75 73 293
VALENTINO DALL'ARCHE 75 74 81 76 306
600 COLOMBIA 147 149 150 154 JUAN PABLO LUNA TURBAY 73 73 74 75 295
DANIEL ZULUAGA OCAMPO 74 76 76 79 305
607 FINLAND 157 156 148 146 NICKLAS KAIVOLA 75 78 72 75 300
TONI HAKULA 82 78 76 71 307
617 URUGUAY 149 159 156 153 AGUSTIN TARIGO 75 73 73 73 294
JUAN ALVAREZ 74 86 83 80 323
623 MEXICO 154 157 155 157 CARLOS F. ASBUN ANZE 79 76 78 74 307
KENJI HERNANDEZ SASHIDA 75 81 77 83 316

Top finishers in the individual competition appear below.
Results For Juan Carlos Tailhade Cup Golf Tournament
Place  PtsScores
1ArgentinaEmiliano GrilloArgentina40067-71-70-69--277
2PortugalJose Maria JoiaPortugal30067-70-74-67--278
3South AfricaJ.G. ClaassenSouth Africa20074-67-71-67--279
4PeruPatricio SalemPeru20068-70-75-69--282
T5FranceRomain WattelFrance20068-72-76-69--285

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