the hidden secret in Latin America. The Colombian Junior International will
have their 3rd edition within the GJG Tour and welcoming the players to the
second major of the GJG Tour in 2017! San Andrés Golfclub is one of the most historic
golfclubs in Latin America and has emphasized in promoting junior golf for a
Junior International has a history of 26 years, where Tour Stars of nowadays
have won in the past, such as Camilo Villegas (Colombia), EmillianoGrillo
(Argentina), Lorena Ochoa (Mexico) or Nicole Perott (Chile). A
tournament that was founded from a couple of ladies back in 1990 being members
of San Andrés Golfclub, originally as a 6 hole event for kids, has become over
the past years and after joining forces with the Global Junior Golf Tour to one
of the most prestigious junior events (WAGR ranked) in Latin America.
Colombia was able to keep one title within their country and Valery Plata
finished their last round with a 66 and a 7 shot lead. In the boys division Ben
El Cohn from Ecuador and representing one of the GJG Performance Centers, the
Bishops Gate Golf Academy, has shown an outstanding performance and finished
the 72hole strokeplay event with 287 shots (-1).
players have an absolute tour like setup during the entire week. One of the
sponsors,Marriott Bogotá, hosts the
international players for 5 free nights, airport shuttle, shuttle to the golf
course, an opening ceremony from a Colombian local orchestra is welcoming the players
and many more. In order to become a great player, travelling to different
venues and play against different cultures is a key aspect. So for all
international players, "save the date”11th – 16th of April 2017 and
participate at the only four day WAGR ranked event at GJG and meet the top
players from Latin America! Colombia is
one of the most beautiful countries GJG has travelled and encountered tour like
Unfortunately Colombia is still seen as a very unsafe
country and with this believe people refrain from travelling. We would like to
interview the tournament director from the past years and let him introduce
Colombia as a country respectively the venue of the tournament.
Kalozdi, the time passes fast and wecan´t believe, that we are already going
into the 3rd season with the Colombian Junior International. Over
130 players have teed of in 2016 with the top players of South America. Golf is
a growing sport globally and competition can befound everywhere. Please share
your thoughts why is it important to come and visit Colombia? CK:There
are many reasons why it is important to come and visit Colombia. I invite you
to visit this web site in order to get your own conclusions. I am sure you will
be absolutely convinced that this is a wonderful country and the best option. http://www.procolombia.co/en/colombia-ny-2012/visit-colombia
mentioned many people believe Colombia is an unsafe country, please explain
your thoughts and also all the logistical details from the airport to the golf
course are in place to guarantee an exceptional experience. CK:There is
no special risk for people who come to Bogotá. Since this is a very big city of
about 8 million people, visitors must follow the same safety advices they would
follow in another big city.
has encountered the Golf Club St. Andres with all it´s hospitality, but what
would you say is special of the Colombian culture? CK:Colombian
people are characterized by their hospitality, kindness and respect for others.
tell us about the tradition of Golf Club St.Andres and the setup of the
golfcourse? CK:San Andrés
Golf Club was founded 70 years ago by a group of English and Colombian men who
wanted to practice golf and develop and improve the practice of golf in the
spectacular golf course was designed by por Robert Trend Jones Jr, member Of Hall of
Fame. It is considered the second best golf course in the country and one of
the best in South America. 3. The SAGC
also has thet executive golf course – 9 holes par 3 – in
Colombia to home and master golf precision and swing accuracy. Participants can practice in the 350 yards
driving range fully equipped and with certified instructors .The nice
climate of the Sabana de Bogotá is the best ally for the development of any
have some great stars of nowadays teeing up at this event. What have you seen
at these players and can you give an advice to the GJG community what values
the stars had already at their young age? CK: Courage,
discipline, determination and willingness to impove every day.
many volunteers contribute to arrange the Colombian Junior International? CK: Not to many volunteers. Only eight (8) but very committed to
the success of the tournament.
is your goal in year 3 and what can we expect to see from the 11th –
16th of April? CK: My goal is to make the Colombian Junior International the
best tournament of the Global Junior Golf annual tournaments and you can expect
exciment and excellent golf during this years tournament.
Mr. Kalozdi for your time and we are looking forward to touch ground on in
April 2017 at the airport of Bogota!