San­dals US Travel Agents Golf Tour­ney tees off

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

OCHO RIOS: More than 100 golfers will par­tic­i­pate in the 14th an­nual United States Travel Agents Golf Tour­na­ment which tees off to­day at the San­dals Golf and Coun­try Club, Ocho Rios, Ja­maica.

The two-day event will com­prise teams playing in a four­man scram­ble for­mat, putting their skills to the test, com­pet­ing in var­i­ous com­pe­ti­tions through­out the tour­na­ment.

Cat­e­gories to be con­tested in­clude: Over­all Cham­pi­ons and Run­ners-up; Clos­est to Pin Fe­male; Clos­est to Pin Male; Long­est Drive Fe­male; and Long­est Drive Male.

Garth Laird, San­dals Re­sorts’ di­rec­tor of travel in­dus­try pro­grammes, was up­beat about the event, not­ing that this year prom­ises to be the most ex­cit­ing yet.

“All is in place for what prom­ises to be a great event,” Laird said. “The Travel Agent Golf Tour­na­ment is of great ben­e­fit to both Ja­maica as a golf­ing des­ti­na­tion and San­dals Re­sorts as it gives the travel part­ners a chance to ex­pe­ri­ence the prod­ucts first­hand, hence be­ing bet­ter able to mar­ket the des­ti­na­tion and fa­cil­i­ties to their re­spec­tive clients.”

FIRST-TIMERS

Laird added that there were many of first-timers tak­ing part in this year’s event, which gives them a chance to ex­pe­ri­ence the ren­o­va­tions done at San­dals Ochi Beach Resort, the most com­plete des­ti­na­tion in the Caribbean.

LAIRD

“Ar­eas such as the Ochi Beach Club, Rab­bit Hole Speakeasy, Le Gour­mand and Vista Sky Restau­rants have been the sub­ject of much in­ter­est in the mar­ket­place and will be on show dur­ing the event,” Laird ob­served.

Laird said San­dals Golf and Coun­try Club has a dis­tinct ad­van­tage over most cour­ses.

“Our cad­dies play an im­por­tant role as they are very good golfers them­selves. Wes­ley Brown, Dane Bai­ley and Gif­ford Wilmot, who have all rep­re­sented Ja­maica in the Ho­er­man Cup event, are part of our staff,” he said.

Spon­sors for the tour­na­ment in­clude Lo­gis­tics Out­sourc­ing Inc, Ap­ple­ton, Red Stripe and Cof­fee Traders. The awards pre­sen­ta­tion will take place to­mor­row at San­dals Ochi Beach Resort.

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