Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. and Oakville, Ont. – PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada unveiled today the Aruba Cup, a team competition December 12-18 at Tierra del Sol Resort and Golf in Aruba.
A three-year agreement will see the team event take place through at least 2018, featuring 10 players from each Tour competing against each other in a President’s Cup-style match play event, with the three competition days featuring Fourball, Foursomes and Singles matches on December 15, 16 and 17 this year.
“One of PGA TOUR Latinoamérica’s core missions is to provide opportunities for players in the region to prepare their games for the highest levels of golf. The Aruba Cup is one more opportunity for our players to showcase their game on a grand scale, and we’re delighted we could bring this team-format to Aruba,” said Jack Warfield, President PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
“Since launching the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada in 2013, we’ve been working towards having a team event with players from both Tours competing against each other,” said Jeff Monday, President, Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada. “We’re thrilled to partner with Tierra del Sol Resort and Golf for this event and look forward to a great week of competition.”
The teams will be composed of the top 10 available players from each Tour’s season-ending Order of Merit, with at least five Canadians on Team Mackenzie Tour and five players from Latin American countries on Team Latinoamérica. Honorary captains consisting of players from each Tour’s region will be announced for each team at a later date.
Aruba Tourism, the Destination Marketing and Management Organization (DMMO) for Aruba responsible for uniting tourism interests amongst the on- and off-island stakeholders/partners, will be the event’s title sponsor.
“We’re thrilled to host the Aruba Cup on our One Happy Island, welcoming guests and competitors from around the world to showcase their skills while enjoying the ultimate Caribbean experience,” said Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes, CEO of Aruba Tourism Authority. “We are truly excited about the opportunity to partner with the PGA TOUR and hosting a world class event on our beautiful island. We are sure all of the competitors and fans will enjoy their time while in Aruba.”
“Our gratitude goes out to the Aruba Tourism Authority for their efforts and support to make this event a reality, and we eagerly await the opportunity to showcase Aruba as a premiere golf destination with the inaugural Aruba Cup,” said Monday.
The tournament will also feature a week-long schedule of ancillary events, including formal opening and closing ceremonies and a pro-am on Sunday, December 18 following the competition.
“For Tierra del Sol Resort and Golf, it is a privilege to partner with the PGA TOUR and the Aruba Tourism Authority to host an international golf event of this calibre. Tierra del Sol is a unique course that combines the best of golf in Scotland, Arizona and the Carribean in one round, and we cannot wait to welcome the players here in December,” said Cisco Quant, General Manager, Tierra del Sol Resort and Golf.
The 2016 Mackenzie Tour season will conclude on Sept. 18 at the Freedom 55 Financial Championship, while the 2016 PGA TOUR Latinoamérica season will conclude on Dec. 4 at the Latinoamérica Tour Championship.