PGA TOUR Latinoamérica team announced for 2017 Aruba Cup
Player of the Year José de Jesús Rodríguez leads the way among 10-man squad
December 06, 2017
By Communications, PGATOURLA.COM
- December 06, 2017
- The inaugural Aruba Cup took place in 2016, with the team from PGA TOUR Latinoamérica defeating the Mackenzie Tour team, 13-7. (Enrique Berardi/PGA TOUR)
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida – The PGA TOUR Latinoamérica announced its 10-man team for the second annual Aruba Cup on Wednesday. The squad is led by two-time winner and 2017 Player of the Year José de Jesús “El Camarón” Rodríguez.
The team, which features the leading 10 players on the 2017 PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Order of Merit, will compete against a team of 10 players from the Mackenzie Tour PGA TOUR Canada in a Presidents Cup-style event at Tierra del Sol Resort and Golf in Aruba next week, December 11-16, 2017. The three competition days will four-ball, foursome and singles matches on December 14, 15 and 16, respectively.
Joining Rodríguez (Irapuato, Mexico) on the team are Jared Wolfe (Jacksonville, Florida), Brian Richey (Lakeland, Florida), José Toledo (Guatemala City, Guatemala), Nelson Ledesma (Tucuman, Argentina), Hank Lebioda (Winter Springs, Florida), Tee-k Kelly (Wheaton, Illinois), Brady Schnell (Phoenix, Arizona), Rodolfo Cazaubón (Tampico, Mexico) y Oscar Fraustro (Chihuahua, Mexico).
“I’m very pleased with the team that we have. This is a very experienced group of players and I know most of them quite well, having played with them at different levels. The fact that they just finished the season last week give us a bit of an edge, but I don’t think we are favorites. The Mackenzie Tour has a very strong team as well and I think we are going to have a fun battle for the Aruba Cup,” said PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Team Captain Roberto “Bobby” Díaz, a 30-year old from Veracruz, Mexico, who just entered his PGA TOUR rookie season.
Led by their Player of the Year, Kramer Hickok (Dallas, Texas), the players on the Mackenzie Tour team are Robby Shelton (Wilmer, Alabama), Johnny Ruiz (Camarillo, California), Patrick Newcomb (Benton, Kentucky), Rico Hoey (Rancho Cucamonga, California), Lee McCoy (Tampa, Florida), Max Rottluff (Dusseldorf, Germany), Chase Wright (Muncie, Indiana), Jordan Niebrugge (Mequon, Wisconsin), and T.J. Vogel (Jacksonville Beach, Florida).
“I think it’s going to be a great week. We have a good team, they have a good team. I think everybody will be kind of excited to finish their season with a win. We are going there to have fun, but we want to win,” said Brian Richey, who finished third on the Latinoamérica Tour Order of Merit with a record of one victory and seven top-10s.
“I think we have a great team,” said José Toledo, who finished the season ranked fourth on the Order of Merit with a win and two other top-10s. “It’s really exciting to finish the year with such an incredible event and I’m sure we are going to do our best to try and win the cup again.”
The inaugural Aruba Cup took place in 2016, with the team from PGA TOUR Latinoamérica defeating the Mackenzie Tour team, 13-7. The 2017 Aruba Cup consists of three competition days, featuring four-ball, foursomes and singles matches from December 14-16.
Below is the 10-man roster for the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica team:
Team PGA TOUR Latinoamérica