The UK wine trade and its importers of Chilean wine celebrated Chile’s 200th birthday on 6th September by enjoying a great day of golf and good wine at Foxhills Golf Club (Ottershaw, Surrey) in the countryside near London on a sunny Autumn Day in the company of Felipe Aguilar, Chile’s most renowned professional golfer and winner on the European Tour. Felipe gave a golfing ‘master class’ and posed for photos with all the players.
Eight teams of four players each representing different Chilean wineries played an 18 hole ‘scramble’ competition on the excellent Bernard Hunt course competing for the magnificent Wines of Chile Bicentenary Trophy–a hand-etched glass decanter.
Michael Cox, Wines of Chile’s UK Director commented “A love of golf seems to flow through the veins of many in the UK wine trade – well, mine at least! The Bicentenary golf day was a relaxed way to start a week that included Chile’s Annual Trade Tasting in London on 8th September”.
The winning team was Santa Carolina whose players were Christian Wylie (Commercial Director, Viña Santa Carolina), Simon Lawson (Managing Director, Percy Fox Ltd), Paul Sanderson (Channel Director, Percy Fox Ltd), and Rachel O’Shea (Marketing Manager, Percy Fox Ltd)
Coming a close second was the Concha y Toro 2 team which included UK independent wine merchant Jonathan Page, and Concha y Toro’s team 1 came in third and this team included C y T’s UK office veteran legend Charles Sanderson, wine journalist Chris Losh, and leading UK independent John Frazier.
The two women golfers scooped up the other prizes with Joanna Yeomans (Viña Loma Larga) winning the ‘nearest the pin’ competition, and Rachel O’Shea (Percy Fox) drove her ball even further than the men on the 6th hole to win the ‘longest drive’.
Other teams competing were Valdivieso (led by winemaker Brett Jackson), Viña Casablanca (including wine writer Tim Atkin MW), Casa Tamaya (captained by Wines of Chile President Rene Merino), Ellis of Richmond, representing their Chilean wineries Viña Sutil and Tres Palacios, whose team included wine writer Giles Fallowfield, and finally the Wines of Chile team of Michael Cox, Juan Somavia, Jose Luis Valenzuela, and Joanna Yeomans.
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About Felipe Aguilar:
Felipe Aguilar took up golf at the age of nine and is the most successful golfer ever to come out of Chile.
Felipe won over 30 events in Chile but was forced to change his swing in 2004 when he broke a bone in his back. However 2007 proved to be a sensational season for the talented Chilean on the Challenge Tour. He won twice and registered five top ten finishes to end the year in 3rd place on the Order of Merit and secure his European Tour card for the following season. In only his second European Tour event of 2008 Felipe won the Jakarta Indonesia Open. A 62 in the second round and an 18-under par total emphasised his extraordinary talent and made the golfing world take notice.
2009 was another successful season for Felipe. At the beginning of the year he produced four quality rounds of 68 to fall just one shot behind the winner at the Johnnie Walker Classic. He followed this performance with some steady results and in June he finished in fourth place at the highly regarded BMW International Open in Munich. Straight after the Wines of Chile golf day, Felipe headed for the KLM Open in Holland and was clearly inspired by the fine Chilean wine he had sampled on the day as he shot an excellent 8 under putting him in 8th place – his best result of 2010 so far.