Chile Classic launched from the heights

Several Tour players helped kick off this week's event at the Telefonica building.
March 05, 2013

A significant launch in the heights set the scenario for the second edition of Chile Classic, the tournament that awards the biggest prize money in Chilean sport's history, that will be played at the Prince of Wales Country Club in La Reina.

The competition of the Tour will have 144 players, eight of them Chilean. The tournament will be played from March 7-10.

The event was at the Telefonica building, with a press conference and then an exhibition at the tower's helipad, where local Benjamin Alvarado, Americans Alex Aragon, Matt Harmon, John Peterson and Zack Miller, and Australia's James Nitties made some shots in a green prepared especially for the occasion.

"We are making history in Chilean golf with the second edition of Chile Classic and that's a great satisfaction. We hope people join us as they did in 2012 when we gad 15,000 spectators in four days. Now we expect 20,000," said Tournament Director and Podium Mananger, Alejandro Peric.

"Our company is very proud to continue supporting Chilean sport as we've been doing for several years, especially golf. It's very important for us to be part of such an important event," said Director of Telefonica, Pedro Pablo Lazo.

"It's great to be back in Chile where we were treated so nicely last year and there was a great tournament. We're sure it will be the same this time", said Tour's Director Of Marketing, Justin Allen.

"It's very proud for us to have this second edition of Chile Clasic, an event that puts us on an international level," said the President of Chilean Golf Federation, Mauricio Galeano.

"All Chilean players are looking forward to this tournament. It's great to have it again and we will make the best effort to leave the cup at home", said Alvarado, who had the best finish among the Chilean national golfers in the field last year. There are eight in the field this week. The others are Felipe Aguilar, Mark Tullo, Hugo Leon, Martin Ureta, Nicholas Geyger, Juan Cerda and Christian Espinoza.

The presentarion ceremony also had a sample of typical dances of the country by the Folkloric Ballet of Chile that delighted the audience with dances from the Norh, Easter Island and Chiloe.