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LAKE NONA VICTORIOUS Lake Nona notched its second Tavistock Cup win thanks to a little Irish luck and a lot of fortitude. Team Isleworth may have taken a brief lead during the first day of competition, but Lake Nona rallied the second day to clinch a 17-13 victory. Finishing with a second-day low score of -6 (66), Irishman Graeme McDowell helped lead Team Lake Nona to a home-turf triumph on St. Patrick’s Day and took home the Payne Stewart Salver Award. As always, the competition was intense, and the practical jokes and pranks were executed in the same spirit. Ernie Els vowed his team would defeat Isleworth this year or be traded for another golf club from Phoenix. After the victory became official, Team Lake Nona members nearly drowned Els in a celebratory champagne shower on the 18th green. Most would agree the most revealing moment of the tournament came right at the start during Team Isleworth’s boxer brief hoax on Henrik Stenson. Greeting him with a pair of white boxers autographed by Team Isleworth, Tiger Woods poked fun at Stenson’s decision to strip down to his boxers before hitting his ball out of calf-deep water at Doral’s CA Championship. In true Tavistock Cup spirit, Lake Nona fans showed their support for the home team by donning blue attire that ranged from official Tavistock Cup golf shirts to rhinestone-studded Lake Nona tops. The Tavistock Cup returns to Isleworth Golf & Country Club March 15-16, 2010.

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