USA wins second consecutive Copa de las Americas


BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – The USA won its second consecutive Copa de las Americas overall championship Saturday with a 12-stroke victory over host Argentina at Olivos Golf Club.
The Americans registered a 72-hole total of 10-over-par 1,158. Colombia finished third at 1,184.
“The team was patient and focused,” said U.S. captain Steve Smyers. “They didn’t get ahead of themselves. It’s fun to watch the team bond together and interact with each other so well. They are serious about it. They are dedicated.”
The USA, which swept the competition categories in Canada in 2007, also won the women’s team competition, with a record-low score of 583. Argentina won the men’s competition.
“Winning as a team is so good,” said American Jennifer Song, the 2009 U.S. Women’s Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links champion. “You can never be happier than winning as a team. It takes so much effort.”
The Copa de las Americas is a biennial team event for amateurs in North, Central and South America as well as the Caribbean that began in 2003. It consists of three competitions – overall, men and women. At Buenos Aires and Olivos Golf Clubs, 15 men’s teams, 12 women’s teams and 11 teams overall played 72 holes of stroke play with the lowest aggregate score claiming trophies in each of the three competitions.