Saturday, February 27, 2010

Nationwide Tour Heads To Colombia

Coming off a tour stop in Panama, the Nationwide Tour heads to Colombia for the Pacific Rubiales Bogota Open Presented by Samsung at Country Club de Bogota March 4-7. The two layouts were designed by John Van Kleek and opened in 1947 (West Course) and 1950 (East Course).

Van Kleek was the business partner of Wayne Stiles. Van Kleek worked in the South and Stiles primarily in the Northeast. The pairing, though, dissolved in 1929 amidst the failing real estate market in the southern region of the United States. After World War II, Van Kleek designed the two Colombia courses and one in Venezuela.

The PGA Tour's Camilo Villegas, a native of Colombia, is the host of the Bogota Open, but will not be playing in the event but should be teeing it up the pro-am as part of whirlwind schedule.

On Tuesday, Villegas's schedule has him hosting a youth clinic, then playing in the pro-am, hosted by his friend, NASCAR driver and fellow Colombian, Juan Pablo Montoya. Camilo's younger brother, and fellow University of Florida graduate, Manuel Villegas, who plays on the Nationwide Tour, is entered in the official event.

Wednesday, Camilo gets on a jet and flies to intending to be in the field of the PGA Tour's Honda Classic at PGA Resort and Spa - Champion Course, one of the very finest of the Florida Golf Courses.

1 comment:

  1. Isn't it spelled "Colombia?" Columbia is the District where the vile politicians live.