Golf News for Friday, April 19, 2013 | Tournaments

Third annual Uniting Nations Cup set for Puerto Penasco, Mexico

PUERTO PENASCO, Mexico -- Vidanta Golf, the largest golf course operator in Mexico, will be hosting the 3rd annual Uniting Nations Cup, May 16-19, at the picturesque Mayan Palace golf resort in Puerto Peñasco. The Uniting Nations Cup (UNC) is a Ryder Cup style competition with 80 top-notch amateur players from Mexico and the United States.

In the event's first two years, neighboring countries Mexico and the United States have each claimed victory on the Peninsula de Cortez golf course, a Jack Nicklaus and Jack Nicklaus II co-design. The U.S. and Mexico will have 40-man squads with 20 two-man teams facing off in a match-play format over three days of competition.

"We love being part of this tradition in such a beautiful setting, a Jack Nicklaus championship golf course on the Sea of Cortez," said Jesus Torres, director of Vidanta Golf. "It's a unique competition with a format that allows challenges for every player on every shot. Of course, the most important ingredient of this event is the camaraderie that is built up over the week between the competitors."

The goal of the Uniting Nations Cup (Copa Uniendo Naciones) is to highlight the alliance between the United States and Mexico beyond their commercial and cultural ties, while attempting to one day rival the international acclaim of events such as the Ryder Cup or the Walker Cup, an amateur contest between the U.S. and Great Britain/Ireland. The UNC also aims to promote the expansion of the little-known Mexican port destination of Puerto Peñasco.

The world-class Nicklaus Design course at Mayan Palace Puerto Peñasco is in "spectacular shape," according to Calvin Nielsen, manager of golf at Peninsula de Cortez. The Peninsula's 7,100-yard, par 72 layout is one of the most challenging and breathtaking in Mexico and is perennially rated among the country's elite courses. In typical Nicklaus fashion, golfers will see the good in seven seaside holes, the bad in sloped greens, uneven fairways and thick rough and the ugly in blind shots, pot bunkers and stiff breezes.

Tournament Director Vito Berlingeri said he sees a bright future for the event, which is slated to be held in Puerto Peñasco through 2016. "No one else is doing anything like it," he said. "When it comes to golf, there are no borders and no language barriers between Mexico and the United States."

For the second consecutive year, the UNC is being managed by the Arizona Golf Assn. Rules officials Ed Gowan and Lorraine Thies are also provided by the AGA. Sponsors include Antigua, Bacardi, Corona, Coca Cola, Cemex, Vina Chocalan and Zagas.

About Grupo Vidanta
Founded by Daniel Chavez Moran in 1974, Grupo Vidanta has evolved for more than 35 years into one of Mexico's leading developers of hotels and resorts, golf courses, vacation ownership, and tourism infrastructure, including Mexico's first privately built and owned international airport at Puerto Peñasco. For American travelers, Grupo Vidanta offers a choice of full-service luxury beach resorts in Mexico's finest beaches, under the Grand Luxxe, Ocean Breeze, Sea Garden, Mayan Palace and Grand Mayan brands. In the near future, new hospitality brands will include Bliss, Grand Bliss and Mansions of the World. Grupo Vidanta's Mayan Island has built and sold more than 2,000 second homes. To learn more about Vidanta Golf at http://www.vidantagolf.com.

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