Mazatlan Tourism Trust

Mazatlan Tourism Trust

May 09, 2011 00:08 ET

BC's Sloan Second at Mexican PGA Championship

At 23 years old, Roger Sloan from Merritt, B.C. shows great promise by taking second place at the Canadian Tour event held in Mazatlan.

MAZATLAN, MEXICO--(Marketwire - May 9, 2011) -

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The Mexican PGA Championship concluded on Sunday at Estrella del Mar Golf and Beach Resort in Mazatlan. Players from 15 countries including Canada, Mexico and the United States participated in the tournament. Mexico's Jose de Jesus Rodriguez won the Championship and Canadian Roger Sloan took second place. It is Sloan's second year on the Canadian Tour.

Sloan and Rodriguez were neck-in-neck on the 17th and 18th holes. Rodriguez prevailed on the extra session required to break the tie. It was a great surprise to see Sloan force a tiebreaker as he was not among the favorites to win at the start of the tournament. "This was an epic battle among true professionals," noted Dan Halldorson, Deputy Executive Director of the Canadian Tour. "2011 is our seventh year in Mazatlan and we were treated very graciously as always. The city has extraordinary golf courses and the infrastructure required to keep it on the Canadian Tour schedule for many years to come."

"We were thrilled to host the Mexican PGA Championship," said Pat Butler, co-owner of Estrella del Mar Golf and Beach Resort. "We look forward to hosting this and many other tournaments in the future," he concluded. The course hosts the annual Celebrity Charity Tournament that takes place each January. Proceeds of that tournament benefit local children with disabilities. Estrella del Mar boasts an American master-planned luxury golf and beach resort. The community has more than 250 owners from around the world. The Robert Trent Jones, Jr. golf course, tennis courts and Turtle Sanctuary complete the resort experience.

The Mexican PGA Championship final results show Chile's Benjamin Alvarado tied with Peruvian Rafael Claux for third place. Defending champion Andy Matthews from the United States tied at thirteenth with Mexico's Antonio Maldonado and South Korea's Jason Kang.

About Mazatlan:

Mazatlan is located on Mexico's Pacific Coast at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains. Founded in the 16th Century, Mazatlan is Mexico's only seaside colonial city. As Mexico's second largest coastal city, Mazatlán has nearly 600,000 inhabitants. The city is divided into two main areas: Old Mazatlan and Zona Dorada or Golden Zone, with a seven-mile coastal road between the two. Visit Mazatlan on the World Wide Web at www.gomazatlan.com.

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