PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada, And Aruba Tourism Authority Announce Dates For 2017 Aruba Cup

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The 2017 Aruba Cup Will Take Place December 11-16. (PGA TOUR/Enrique Berardi)

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida, and TORONTO, Ontario — PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada announced the dates for the 2017 Aruba Cup, a team competition at Tierra del Sol Resort and Golf in Aruba.

The 2017 event will take place December 11-16 featuring 10 players from each Tour competing against each other in a Presidents Cup-style match play event, with the three competition days featuring Fourball, Foursomes and Singles matches on December 14, 15 and 16.

“This event is a special opportunity for players from both Tours to compete against each other and celebrate the end of a successful year in an incredibly beautiful setting,” said Mackenzie Tour President Jeff Monday. “This year’s event should be even bigger and better, and we’re looking forward to returning this December.”

“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. Last year, our players completely embraced the opportunity, came together as a team and showed just how talented they are by playing some incredible golf,” said Jack Warfield, President PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. “It was a thrill to see the inaugural Aruba Cup get underway last year and we’re so excited to be back at Tierra del Sol Resort and Golf for another great week.”

In last year’s inaugural event, Team PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and its Captain, Julian Etulain, prevailed 13-7 over the Mackenzie Tour and Captain Stephen Ames.

Teams will be composed of the top 10 available players from each Tour’s Order of Merit following the completion of their 2017 seasons, with at least two players with Latin American heritage represented on team PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. Captains consisting of players from each Tour’s region will be announced for each team at a later date.

“On behalf of the One happy island, we are thrilled to once again host the Aruba Cup, and extend a warm welcome to fans and competitors from around the world,” said Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes, CEO of Aruba Tourism Authority. “Aruba is humbled by the opportunity to continue our partnership with the PGA TOUR for this world class event — which allows participants to showcase their talents, while enjoying all the culture, adventure and hospitality our dynamic island offers.” 

“I absolutely loved playing in the Aruba Cup last year. It’s an incredible destination, with beautiful accommodations, amazing food and an incredible host course at Tierra del Sol,” said 2016 PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Player of the Year Nate Lashley, who helped his team to victory in 2016 and is now on his way to earning his PGA TOUR card through the Tour. “It’s a great way to celebrate the end of a successful season by competing with and against some great players, and I know the guys playing there this year will have a great time.”

“Last year’s inaugural playing of the Aruba Cup was a wonderful moment for us, and we’re thrilled to be welcoming everyone back to Tierra del Sol once again this December,” said Cisco Quant, General Manager, Tierra del Sol Resort and Golf. “Seeing so many players from last year’s event go on to achieve amazing things at the next level, including Austin Connelly’s performance at The Open Championship, has been particularly exciting for us, and we look forward to welcoming the next generation of up-and-coming players this December.”

The 2017 Mackenzie Tour season will conclude on Sept. 17 at the Freedom 55 Financial Championship, while the 2017 PGA TOUR Latinoamérica season will conclude on Dec. 3 at the Shell Championship.