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ZURICH ARGENTINA SWING
Ledesma moves ahead in race for 2017 Zurich Argentina Swing
April 24, 2017
By Communications, PGATOURLA.COM
- April 24, 2017
- Nelson Ledesma holds a $3,675-dollar lead as the new leader of the Zurich Argentina Swing. (Enrique Berardi/PGA TOUR)
CORDOBA, Argentina – The $31,500-dollar winner’s check collected on Sunday with his victory at the 86th Abierto OSDE del Centro presented by FiberCorp, vaulted Nelson Ledesma to the top of the standings halfway thru the race for the 2017 Zurich Argentina Swing.
Ledesma, who finished in a tie for twelfth at the opening Molino Cañuelas Championship last month in Buenos Aires, improved his Zurich Argentina Swing earnings to US $35,175 to move ahead of Brandon Matthews. With US $31,500 earned, the 22-year old U.S. player who won in Cañuelas slipped down to second place in the standings with his missed cut in Cordoba.
“The Zurich Argentina Swing is a great incentive for all of us here in Argentina. It feels great to be up there in command, but there a couple of events left to play,” said Ledesma about leading the competition that provides a unified brand around the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica’s four events in his country.
Argentina is well represented inside the Zurich Argentina Swing’s top-10. In addition to Ledesma, the other locals currently in good position thru two events are Matías Simaski, Paulo Pinto and Maxi Godoy, who are ranked 5th thru 7th respectively.
Entering its third year supporting the Argentine events on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, Zurich Argentina will reward the top-performing player across all four events with a cash prize of $10,000. The two remaining events – the Argentina Classic and the VISA Open de Argentina – will be played in November in the capital city of Buenos Aires.
Providing a valuable charity component to the Tour’s Argentine events, Zurich Argentina raises money for every birdie or better made on the 18th hole during all four competitive rounds. Their charity of choice is Fundación Futuros Profesionales Integrar, a foundation that runs a scholarship program to support college students in Argentina. Fundación Integrar was presented with a $130,000 Argentine Pesos check last year and the Zurich executives expect to move way ahead of that number with the competition including one more event in 2017.
Thru two events, a total of 225 birdies and eagles have been recorded on No. 18. There were 11 eagles and 134 birdies made at the Molino Cañuelas Championship and 80 birdies at the Abierto OSDE del Centro, including one by Ledesma to win by three on Sunday.
“Thanks to this partnership with PGA TOUR Latinoamérica we found a way to contribute with aspects of the Argentine society that need the support of companies like ours. Fundación Futuros Profesionales Integrar does and exceptional job in terms of providing educational opportunities in our country. We believe that’s crucial for our nation to move forward and that’s why we need the players to keep making as many birdies and eagles as they can on 18,” said Zurich Argentina CEO Fabio Rossi.
Thru two of four events, the following are the top-10 ranked players in this race to win the Zurich Argentina Swing: