2011 Caminetti Cup
United States vs. Puerto Rico
THE CAMINETTI CUP is an annual golf tournament
the United States against Puerto Rico. It was begun by hotel/golf resort general managers Rich Cortese and Joel Paige and is independent of Troon McAllister or the
publishers, both of whom regret not having thought of it themselves. Participants are required to have read The Green
and must pass a test to prove it.
The Eleventh Annual Caminetti Cup of 2011
was won by the United States, by a single point. While joy certainly reigned
among the U.S. players, the gambling world was rocked into near-bankruptcy
by their failure to make the anticipated spread. (Apparently, there was
some misunderstanding about what exactly U.S. President Obama was
referring to when he announced a "surge" prior to the tournament.)
Commentary by Caminetti Cup chaplain & disciplinarian Patty Crucet:
Golfers are funny damned people.
What does every golfer in the world do when somebody
hands him a club
that’s supposed to hit farther?
He swings it harder. Every
Scratch, by Troon McAllister
was a summery Spring weekend in Palm Beach Gardens at the PGA National
Resort & Spa during the Caminetti Cup held June 4-5, 2011, but it
didn’t get really “hot” until the last match.
The 11th annual tournament proved to be the event that
will be talked about for the next decade of the Cup and then some.
The first round (best ball) was played on The Haig, albeit missing
a few players who were still awakening from the late evening at the 19th
hole, but the Starter waits for no one! Score
was tied 3 all after the morning round (alternate shot), and 6 all after
the afternoon round on The Champion course [home of The Honda Classic].
Sunday play started later than usual on The Estates1,
but the later start was the rejuvenation the teams need.
The game came down to the last match.
As recalled by Tutti, “…all was
needed was a ½ point to win, and when Nat was out of it…Brad had to,
somehow, win that hole from Robbie. Well,
Mike told him how to do it. Mike
said, ‘Brad! Chip this in and frost his balls’.
And then Brad fires one; BRAD FIRES ONE at the hole and it hits the
flag going, it probably would’ve been 10 feet past the hole, at least 10
feet past, but it hits the stick dead center!!
It was unbelievable!”
to say, the US team won this year’s Caminetti Cup 12-1/2 to 11-1/2.
There’s talk about having next year’s tournament in Jamaica.
by Karl Litten, The Estates course has an enjoyable mix of challenging and
docile holes, and sets up for any level of player as it is one of the
shorter courses at PGA National.
Rich Cortese, PR (left, trying to keep the trophy) and Joel Paige, USA
(yanking it away)
TEAM PUERTO RICO
Stan Soroka, Larry Vitale, Art Farley, Dan McDermott, Nash Mawani, Captain Rich
Cortese, Mark Kitchenman, Carlos Dologaray, Rob Slavonia, Saul Tanal (MIA: Buchi
Pagan, Adriano Valle)
Nat Moore, Charles Petronella, Brad Buchanan,
Carmine Rondinelli, Mike Miraglia, Mark Odom, Captain Joel Paige, Bob Pechon,
Chris Waddell, Lukus Harvey (MIA: Chris Berry, Peter Nicolosi)
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