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Tavistock Cup Expanding to Four Teams


Traditionally pitting Orlando-area golf clubs - Isleworth and Lake Nona - in a two-day competition, this year's Tavistock Cup will add two more clubs to the match.

Named after the real-estate development company, Tavistock Group, this year's competition will include Albany, a new luxury resort community in The Bahamas developed by Tavistock Group, Tiger Woods and Ernie Els. The golf course, designed by Els, opened last fall.

Also joining the match is Queenwood Golf Club outside London, England. Queenwood, widely regarded as the UK's most exclusive private golf club, will be the first club not developed by Tavistock Group to participate in the tournament. Opened in 2001, Queenwood's course was designed by David McLay Kidd, who also crafted the original course at Bandon Dunes on the Oregon coast. The club has many U.S. members, thanks in part to its American founder and chairman, Frederick Green.

The eighth annual Tavistock Cup will be held March 14 and 15 at Isleworth Golf & Country Club.

Combined, the four clubs boast players who have won more than 825 worldwide victories, including 59 major championships. Over the years Tavistock Cup players have included such luminaries as Mark O'Meara, Els, Stuart Appleby, Darren Clarke, Paula Creamer, Trevor Immelman, Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose, Annika Sorenstam and Tiger Woods.

Teams for each club will be announced closer to the 2011 event.

"The Tavistock Cup has been a very successful interclub competition for our golf communities, but we really wanted to create an opportunity for other global clubs to participate in this special tournament," said Andy Odenbach, Tavistock Cup tournament director.

"The addition of new clubs and players brings more competition and interest to this unique event."

Over its initial seven years the competition has generated more than $5.5 million for local, national and international charities.

The two-day tournament will be broadcast live on the Golf Channel in the U.S., Canada and Japan. It also will be aired on international affiliates throughout the United Kingdom, Latin America and South Africa. As usual, the gallery for the 2011 Tavistock Cup will be by invitational-only.