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Abierto Movistar Guatemala Open
Hacienda Nueva C.C
Guatemala City, Guatemala 02 Feb 2006 - 05 Feb 2006
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Challenge Tour To Resume in Guatemala
The European Challenge Tour will return to Central America for the first two events of the New Year before making trips to Portugal, Kenya and Spain to complete the early part of the new Schedule. With the season already underway after the 48th Abierto Mexicano Corona and the 100th Visa Argentine Open presented by Bridgestone the Challenge Tour will resume the season with another two co-sanctioned events with the Tour de las Americas (TLA), giving the Membership an opportunity to play in the Guatemala Open from February 2-5 at the now familiar Hacienda Nueva – where Argentina’s Cesar Monasterio triumphed last season.
Monasterio Returns to Scene of 2005 Triumph
The European Challenge Tour returns to Central America this week for the first event of the New Year, the Abierto Moviles Guatemala 2006 at the now familiar Hacienda Nueva, where Argentina’s Cesar Monasterio triumphed last season. Monasterio did it the hard way 12 months ago – taking the tournament into extra holes before scoring a play-off victory over Irishman David Higgins. The Argentine was then presented with the first prize by the President of Guatemala, Oscar Berger.
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Latin Trio Lead the Way in Guatemala
The European Challenge Tour’s first event of the year got off to a low scoring start at the Abierto Movistar de Guatemala, with European Tour Member Felipe Aguilar of Chile joining Spain’s Juan Parron and Miguel Rodriguez of Argentina in a three way tie for the seven under par lead at the Hacienda Nueva Country Club in this joint-sanctioned tournament with the Tour de las Americas (TLA). Sweden’s Johan Axgren is the leading European in the field on five under. Axgren, who graduated the Challenge Tour in 2004, started his round on the tenth tee and played the back nine in one under before putting together an excellent front nine of five birdies and just a single dropped shot to come ‘home’ in four under and move to within two strokes of the first round leaders.
Carballo Leads Argentine Assault In Guatemala
Argentina's Miguel Carballo continued where he left off at The 2005 European Tour Qualifying School to the lead the Argentinean assault on the Abierto Movistar de Guatemala. The 27 year old posted a second consecutive round of six under par 66 to establish one shot lead from his fellow countrymen Gustavo Rojas - who carded an inspiring second round 63 - and Miguel Rodriguez. Only Colombia's Daniel Vanegas prevents the top six spots on the leaderboard being occupied by Argentine players with Sergio Acevedo, Paulo Pinto and Hernan Rey sharing fifth spot on eight under par. Of all the Argentine players in the field it was Carballo and Rojas who took the second round limelight at the Hacienda Nueva Country Club in Guatemala City.
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