November 11, 2003
Canadian team wins BMW Golf Cup International world title
Whitby, Ontario – For the first time, Canada has captured the team title at the BMW Golf Cup International World Final. The amateur team of Robert Jordan of Mississauga, Ontario, Derek Johnson of Hudson, Quebec, and Sarah Yoon of Richmond Hill, Ontario, posted a combined third round of 4 over par on the par 72 Atlantic course at the Penha Longa Golf Resort near Lisbon, Portugal to erase a final round ten stroke deficit and defeat the Japanese trio by one stroke. Thailand finished third in the event, featuring teams of amateur club golfers from 35 nations.
In individual competition, all three Canadian Team members managed top ten finishes, including podium finishes by Yoon and Jordan. Ms. Yoon, an 8 handicap, combined three steady rounds of 31, 32 and 33 points in the modified Stableford scoring format to finish in second place in the women’s open handicap division. Mr. Jordan who led the men’s 13-28 handicap division following round one, scored 109 total points for third place, just two behind winner Miguel Isaacs of Spain. Mr. Johnson provided the final day heroics for Team Canada with a net two under par 38 Stableford points to cement the Canadian team victory, and a solid 9th place finish for himself in the men’s 0-12 handicap division.
For fourteen years now, the BMW Golf Cup International has been synonymous with providing amateur club golfers the opportunity to compete on the world stage. BMW subsidiaries and retailers coordinate the series on a national level, while BMW AG of Munich organizes the World Final. Over 1000 qualifying tournaments were held worldwide in 2003 with over 100,000 participants. In it’s eighth year in Canada, the BMW Golf Cup International grew to 40 qualifying events nationwide, with over 3000 Canadian amateurs taking part. The Canadian team earned the right to represent their country by winning at the national final held this past September at ClubLink’s Grandview Golf Club in Huntsville, Ontario.