Monday, 31 March 2008

Estanislao Goya of Argentina will attempt to complete a quick-fire double in his homeland when he tees up in the 103° Abierto VISA de la Republica presentado por Peugeot at the Hurlingham Club in Buenos Aires this week.

The 19 year old, who beat England’s Gary Boyd in a play-off for the Abierto del Centro presentado por Personal in Cordboba last weekend, climbed 66 places on the European Challenge Tour Rankings to lie in third with €21,996.

Goya is tucked in right behind the man who defends the title he won at Buenos Aires Golf Club, Marco Ruiz of Paraguay, who has only been able to savour the feeling of being a champion for a matter of four short months!

Due to a re-scheduling of events by the Tour de las America, who jointly sanction the event with the Challenge Tour, the 103rd edition of the event starts just 113 days after the 102nd edition finished, where Ruiz took the title by two shots from Daniel Vancsik and by five from US Open Champion, Angel Cabrera.

Ruiz can overtake Challenge Tour Number One, Iain Pyman of England, by making a successful defence of his title while back to back victories would also carry the rookie Goya to the top spot after the fifth event of the 2008 campaign.

Boyd, now fourth in the Rankings from tenth position, also contests the Alberto VISA de la Republica presentado por Peugeot, in a bid to go one better after his runner-up finish behind Goya last Sunday.

Goya only turned professional four months ago after winning the Tour de las Americas Qualifying School in Florida by nine shots, breaking Johnnie Miller's 32 year old course record 63 at the Bonaventure Country Club with a sparking 61 on his way to victory.

After becoming the youngest winner of the Abierto VISA del Centro presentado por Personal, he said: "It is a good start to my professional career. It was great to play in the last group of a big event for the first time and hopefully I will be in the same position in other big tournaments in the future. I am just going to keep working hard and taking one day at a time.”

Miguel Rodriguez of Argentina, who won the opening event of the 2008 season in Argentina in December, the Abierto del Litoral Personal in Rosario, bids to win his second title in four months along with a clutch of European Tour champions in fellow countrymen Jorge Berendt, Ricardo Gonzalez and Vancsik.

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