Historic Uniting Nations Cup At Mayan Palace

For the first time in the history of Mexican sports, an international golf tournament will take place between Mexico and the United States under a Ryder Cup format at Peninsula de Cortes Golf Course at the Mayan Palace in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico May 12-15, 2011.

The objective of the Uniting Nations Cup is to promote friendship, commercial and cultural relations between the two countries. “This is a great opportunity for Mexico, the State of Sonora and the tourist destination of Rocky Point to enhance relations through the media in both countries”, said Alejandro Ruiz, general manager of Mayan Palace.

Grupo Vidanta is proud to announce that the Uniting Nations Cup will be played in Rocky Point for the next five years and will grow every year. The spirit of this tournament is focused on the promotion, fraternity, and friendship between these two important neighboring nations with Golf as the ambassador.

Ten Southwest Section PGA Professionals will compete against 10 Mexican PGA Professionals, along with 40 amateurs selected by the golf organizations of both countries.

The event is the brainchild of Andrew Gilchrist, the tournament host and director of golf at Peninsula De Cortes Golf Course, and Vito Berlingeri, marketing director of the Southwest Section PGA. Mr. Berlingeri said, “The Uniting Nations Cup will promote goodwill between the two countries. This all came about when Andrew and I sat down at dinner one night after our meeting and literally started to brainstorm ideas back and forth with one another, after drawing it out on a dinner napkin, our epiphany came to reality!”

“We are utilizing the game of golf to bring the two countries together and strengthen our relationships”, he said. “The PGA Professionals we have invited are great ambassadors of the game. They will represent the SWSPGA well, and their playing accomplishments speak for themselves”.

Don Yrene, director of golf at The Golf Club Scottsdale and five-time Southwest Section PGA Player of the Year, headlines the list for the SWSPGA. He will be joined by Brandon Smith, head golf professional at Ventana Canyon Golf & Racquet Club in Tucson. Smith recently won the 2010 Southwest Section PGA Championship.

Others include Mike Wright, the president of the Southwest Section PGA and director of instruction at Superstition Springs Golf Club in Mesa, who recently won the 2010 Senior Section Championship; Jeff Yurkiewicz, Head Golf Instructor Grayhawk Learning Center; Greg Avant, Director of Golf at Lone Tree Golf Club in Chandler; Ralph West, Partner, Reid/West Golf Academy; Bob Pancratz, Life Member PGA; Blayne Hobbs, Lead Instructor, Reid/West Golf Academy; Jon Chaffee Teaching professional at Talking Stick Golf Club; and Mike Malaska top 100 Teacher at the Nicklaus academy Superstition Mountain.

Where: Rocky Point, Mexico at the breathtaking Mayan Palace Beach Resort; competition will be contested on the Peninsula De Cortes Golf Course, a Jack Nicklaus Signature design with nine holes on the Sea of Cortes. The facility is about a 4.5 hour drive from the Phoenix metropolitan area.

When: May 12-15, 2011
May 12: Practice Round
May 13-15: Tournament dates

Format: Ryder Cup format 10 Southwest Section PGA Professionals will compete against 10 Mexican PGA Professionals

Purse: Based on the outcome of the professional matches.

Other details: SWSPGA Professionals will invite four amateur golfers to compete against 40 Mexican amateurs. Playing for pride and the Uniting Nations Cup!

Cost to the amateurs: $500-$600 includes golf, food and beverage and accommodations at Mayan Palace Beach & Golf Resort, plus they get a $200 tee gift prize.
Website for host facility: http://www.mayanpalace.com.mx/
PGA Mexico: http://www.pgam.com.mx/
Tournament Web site: http://www.unitingnationscup.com/

Contact information:
Vito Berlingeri – Southwest Section PGA
Marketing Director
10685 N. 69th Street l Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(480)-443-9002 l http://southwest.pga.com/

Alejandro Ruiz – MAYAN PALACE
General Manager
C: + (52) 638.380.5381 l O: + (52) 638.383.0400

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