Ernesto Pérez Acosta (golfer)

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Ernesto Pérez Acosta (born 14 June 1946) is a Mexican professional golfer.

Ernesto Pérez Acosta
Personal information
Full nameErnesto Pérez Acosta
Nickname"El Pollero"
Born (1946-06-14) 14 June 1946 (age 74)
Tijuana, Mexico
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Nationality Mexico
ResidenceTijuana, Mexico
SpouseNorma Virgen Díaz
ChildrenNorma, Sandra, Ernesto Jr.
Career
Turned professional1970
Professional wins70+
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentDNP
PGA ChampionshipDNP
U.S. OpenWD: 1983
The Open ChampionshipDNP
Ernesto Perez Acosta winning The 1976 Mexican Open at Club de Golf La Hacienda
Ernesto Perez Acosta and Nancy Lopez at the 1977 Rolex Mixed World Championship in Japan.

Pérez Acosta was born and raised in Tijuana, Mexico, where he has always lived and was a long-time club and touring professional at Club Campestre Tijuana. He is part of a well-known and respected golf dynasty of professionals in Mexico (Fidel, David, Eduardo, Luis, Ernesto and Carlos).[1][2]

As an amateur, he represented Mexico at the 1968 Eisenhower Trophy, in Melbourne, Australia, finishing 5th individually and 6th with his team. He turned professional in 1970 and won two Mexican Open titles, being the first Mexican winner and still remains the only Mexican with multiple titles.

He represented Mexico five times in the World Cup, winning the individual title in 1976 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California, United States, three strokes ahead of six players, including the 1976 U.S. Open champion Jerry Pate. The Mexico team of Pérez Acosta and Margarito Martinez finished tied 5th. For the 1977 World Cup in Manila, Philippines, Pérez Acosta, was selected, together with Victor Regalado, to represent Mexico, but the team did not arrive in time, was replaced by a local amateur team and Pérez Acosta did not have a chance to defend his title.

Perez Acosta competed in 54 countries in different world circuits such as The European, Canadian, South American and Asian Tours. His 1976 individual World Cup victory earned him an invitation to the 1977 NEC World Series of Golf, at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, a 20-man event with the biggest first prize on the 1977 PGA Tour. Pérez Acosta collected $5,200 for 19th place, 2.5 times more than for his World Cup victory.[3]

Professional winsEdit

This list is incomplete.

  • 1970 Mexican Open
  • 1971 Utah Open
  • 1973 Tijuana Open[4]
  • 1974 Mexican PGA Championship, Guadalajara International Open[4]
  • 1975 Mexican Masters, Mexican Tournament of Champions, Guadalajara International Open[4]
  • 1976 Mexican Open, Mexican Masters,[5] Mexican Tournament of Champions, Mexican PGA Championship,[4] International Trophy (World Cup individual winner), Campestre de Coatzacoalcos Pro-Am (Mexico)[6]
  • 1978 Rolex World Mixed Championships (Tokyo, Japan) (with Nancy López)
  • 1981 Campestre de Coatzacoalcos Pro-Am (Mexico)[7]
  • 1982 New Mexico Open
  • 2000 Mexican Senior Championship

Team appearancesEdit

Amateur

  • America's Cup: 1967
  • Copa de la Hispanidad (representing Mexico): 1968 (winners)
  • Eisenhower Trophy (representing Mexico): 1968

Professional

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ernesto Pérez Acosta" (in Spanish). Paseo della Fama Tijuana (Hall of Fame Tijuana). 6 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Ernesto Pérez Acosta World Golf Champion". Tijuana Innovadora (in Spanish). 24 July 2008.
  3. ^ "Wadkins wins World Series of Golf". The Sun-Telegram. San Bernardino, California. Associoated Press. 6 September 1977. pp. B7–B8.
  4. ^ a b c d "The World Series field at Firestone South". Akron Beacon Journal. Ohio. 29 August 1977. p. 47. Retrieved 23 March 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ Severino, Dick (January 1977). "Ole! Spanien och Mexiko lurade USA i World Cup". Svensk Golf (in Swedish). pp. 26–27.
  6. ^ "Foreign Champions of 1976, Men Professionals, Mexico". Golf Digest. February 1977. p. 133.
  7. ^ "Foreign Champions of 1981, Men Professionals, Mexico". Golf Digest. February 1982. p. 127.
  8. ^ Díaz, Carlos (29 July 2001). "Víctor Regalado, un super dotado del golf". El Universal (in Spanish).

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