The Terras de Sao Jose Golf Club in Itu (SP), has named the professional Philippe Gasnier as the new captain of the club. He is replacing Antonio Carlos “Kako” Cruz Lima. Actual Kako is living in Asia and he becomes the vice-captain. Even outside Brazil Kako had been working intensively in the captaincy of the club. Whenever he is visiting the club and has weekly contacts with the golf club team. Kako, who has spent nine years as a captain.
Gasnier: The first US Open participant from Brazil
The new captain Gasnier is a professional with vast international experience. Above all, he was even the first Brazilian to play in a US Open. It was the US-Open 2008 at Torrey Pines/San Diego. Can you remember? The winner was Tiger Woods after an 18-hole plus a one hole Sudden-Death Playoff against Rocco Mediate. It is still the last Major victory of Tiger.
Gasnier is also the official pro and technical manager for the Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf. The academy is in the neighboring resort Terras II.
Improvement plans until 2022
From Kako, Gasnier received the improvement planning until 2022. Although this paper will be the basis for his new work. First of some improvements will be the expansion of the praxis green, in front of the locker rooms and next to the tee 1. Furthermore the next is also to renovate the chipping and bunker area behind the green 9.
International experience for a top golf course
“I will use all the experience I have accumulated in golf to help the Terras de Sao Jose to improve its golf course. Whether playing as a high-performance amateur or as a professional, in various parts of the world, my goal is to support Terras de Sao Jose to become the best golf course in Brazil and the continent”, says Gasnier. “The golf course is a living being that needs daily care and constant improvements to keep up with the evolution of the sport,” comments the professional. Together with the president Andre Egoroff and vice-captain Kako, Terras de Sao Jose has one of the strongest team in a Brazilian golf club.
Thanks and praise to the previous captain
Egoroff highly praised Kako’s work in nearly a decade as captain, crediting him and his team for much of the club’s success. We are very grateful for all the work Kako has done over the nine years. His dedication and passion for the club helped us to receive important Brazilian championships in our club. Also, the regular award of the magazine Golf Digest as one of the top 10 golf courses in Brazil is largely his merit. We wish Philippe Gasnier, Kako, and the entire team, who cares for the Golf Club of Terras de Sao Jose much success and joy in their tasks.