BOGOTA, Colombia (February 20, 2012) — Ron Garl has just returned from Bogota, Colombia, where he played with Manuel Villegas in the Nationwide Tour’s Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship Pro Am held at the Country Club de Bogota.
The Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship tournament is the opener for the 2012 Nationwide PGA Tour season.
Also playing in the Pro Am was President Bill Clinton. President Clinton played in the afternoon wave of the Pro Am along with Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos (forming a rare political golf team), and two of Ron Garl’s good friends – Jose Francisco Arata, the president and executive director of Pacific Rubiales Energy, the tournament sponsor and German Calle, Jr., President of Sport Link and the tournament director. Also playing in the group was Nationwide Tour player D.J. Brigman. Brigman was chosen to join Clinton’s group last Friday because of his status as the chairman of the Nationwide Tour Player Advisory Council.
Clinton is the first former or current U.S. president to attend or play in a Nationwide Tour event or in South America.
President Clinton’s group teed off on Hole #1, while Ron Garl and Manuel Villegas were teeing off beside them on Hole #10.
The defending champion of the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship tournament was Brendan Pappas. It is a small world…Pappas played and practiced at Golden Ocala, a Ron Garl golf design.
Skip Kendall rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to win this year’s Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship.
Ron Garl, a big fan of Colombia, was in the country to work on Guaymaral Country Club and his new golf design, Mar de Indias, in Cartagena, Colombia, on the Caribbean coast.