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Day Two and Opening Ceremony of the World Club Championship at Diamante

The country flags of the 2012 teams

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (October 30, 2012) - As the sun set dramatically over the Pacific Ocean, 20 teams invited from GOLF Magazine's Top 100 Club list of 2011, dignitaries from Mexico, 30 Patrons , sponsors, members of Diamante and the World Club Championship Committee gathered together to the sound of El Rey de Jalisco Mariachi's for the Opening Ceremony which officially declared the opening of the 2012 World Club Championship.

Each team marched onto the lawn overlooking the ocean and sand dunes at Diamante where they were introduced to the honored guests by World Club Championship Founder David V Smith. The raising of the flags by the Mexican Navy and playing of each country's national anthem was an emotional moment. Following dignitary speeches, the players were presented gifts by Diamante Founder Ken Jowdy and then introduced to their caddie who will guide them for the next three days of competition. The Ballet Folklorico Atemoztli entertained the audience with three different traditional dances.

Norman Swenson

In memory of Norman Swenson, a player in 2011 for Pine Valley and who passed away going home after completely enjoying a week at Nine Bridges in South Korea, there was a special tribute and moment of silence. Mr. George Kim, President of Nine Bridges and Mr. Ken Jowdy presented a banner to the Pine Valley team of Robert and Tristen Lewis to take back to the USA for Norman's wife Shelley.

The evening concluded with the Opening Dinner that celebrated the bringing together of the 20 teams, from 14 countries, golf dignitaries and enthusiasts from around the world who share a common passion for amateur golf.

Today each team played a practice round and tomorrow the serious competition begins with 18 hole stroke play qualifying.

View photos from the 2012 World Club Championship Opening Ceremony

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