Cathy A. Preece / Candice Adams-Kimmel
St. Kitts Hosts 7th Annual Pro-Am Golf Tournament
Event Showcases the Island to a Key Target Market
and Welcomes an Official Apparel Partner
Pictured: A golfer takes a swing on the Royal St. Kitts Golf Course in the 7th Annual St. Kitts-Nevis Pro-Am golf tournament.
Basseterre, St. Kitts – More than 125 PGA club professionals, amateur golfers and guests, a new record number of event participants, all enjoyed the lush natural beauty and warm hospitality of St. Kitts & Nevis during the 7th Annual St. Kitts-Nevis Admiral’s Cup Pro-Am Tournament, featuring play on both islands of the Federation from February 4-9, 2017. Further, Bermuda Sands has been named the official lifestyle apparel partner for the event, marking another historic first this year.
“The Pro-Am is our premier golf event to build awareness for the destination among this lucrative niche travel market,” said the Hon. Mr. Lindsay F.P. Grant, Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry and Commerce. “While attendance continues to grow each year, the addition of an official apparel partner for the first time is yet further evidence of the success of the tournament. Golf continues to support our overall tourism sector and remains a key target for development moving forward.”
2017 is the first year that St. Kitts is partnering with Bermuda Sands, designers and manufacturers of premium performance apparel for leisure sports and activities and the active lifestyle consumer, for the Pro-Am. All Pro-Am players received two shirts and a pullover emblazoned with the tournament logo, while event staff wore shirts displaying the St. Kitts Tourism authority logo. Bermuda Sands also provided $100 gift certificates to their online store to Hole Contest winners on their sponsored hole. Tim Garrett, VP of Sales and Marketing attended on behalf of Bermuda Sands and played in the event.
Pictured: Golfers playing on the Royal St. Kitts Golf Course in the 7th Annual St. Kitts-Nevis Admiral’s Cup Pro-Am
The Admiral’s Cup Pro-Am is an annual golf event for the St. Kitts Tourism Authority that features a team tournament in which a PGA Club Professional and three amateurs pair up to compete against other teams from golf clubs across the US, UK, Canada and the Caribbean. The 54-hole annual event was contested over the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club designed by Canadian course architect Thomas McBroom and the signature Robert Trent Jones II course at the Four Seasons Resort Nevis, two of the Caribbean’s most scenic and challenging championship courses.
Rounds one and two of the tournament were played in a two-best ball format (one gross and one net) simultaneously on both courses. Deciding the Admiral’s Cup, the third and final round of play utilized a three-best ball competition (one gross and two net) took place at the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club. The winning team was the Worthing Golf Club from London, who played well from the start, owning a share of the lead on day one, before ultimately winning with a close margin by just 2 shots on the final day. This is the same team that won the Elite Pro-Am Series, an event held this past summer to promote the Admirals Cup Pro-Am in the UK market. Worthing beat 7 other teams in the Elite Pro-Am Series Grand Final this past fall to earn the spot in this week’s tournament.
Peter Tarver-Jones, the winning team’s host golf professional, said “this has been an amazing experience, truly emotional. To play such good golf courses, be treated to fantastic hospitality and get to know so many golfers from around the world, we’re speechless really”.
All participants, guests, and sponsors of the Admiral’s Cup Pro-Am were treated to warm welcomes and great golf throughout the five-day event. Kicking off the activities was a full day of practice rounds followed by a Super Bowl party complete with a buffet dinner and open bar in a private party tent at Carambola Beach Club. The big game provided plenty of excitement and entertainment for the evening, setting the tone for the overall event.
Additional highlights included a Junior Golf clinic conducted by 4 attending US golf pros, player gift bags filled with prizes including Tommy Bahama St. Kitts men’s or women’s fragrance samples and a Welcome Reception as well as an Awards Dinner at the Royal St. Kitts Hotel, the official host hotel for this year’s event. Participants also enjoyed exploring the island, dining out at various restaurants and basking in the warm Caribbean sunshine.
Pictured: Young golfers from St. Kitts & Nevis learning from the professionals in the Junior Golf Clinic.
The Royal St. Kitts Golf Club is an 18-hole course featuring holes on both the Caribbean and Atlantic which is managed by Marriott Golf. Most recently, it was voted among the Caribbean’s top golf courses in USA Today’s annual 10Best Reader’s Choice Best of the Caribbean awards. The Four Seasons Resort Nevis Golf Club is a par 71, 18-hole course that overlooks the Caribbean Sea and St. Kitts with a spectacular beach-side finishing 18th green.
To learn more about the Admiral’s Cup Pro-Am and golf in St. Kitts and Nevis, visit www.StKittsProAm.com. The tournament is managed exclusively by The Golf Connection LLC for the St. Kitts Tourism Authority.
About St. Kitts:
St. Kitts is currently ranked by US News & World Report, with sister island Nevis, at #1 on a list of Best Caribbean Honeymoons, #2 on a list of the Best Beach Honeymoon Destinations in the World, #5 on a list of Best Family Vacations in the Caribbean, #7 on a list of the Best Islands in the World and #7 on a list of the Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean. The destination is also ranked at #8 on a list of the Top 10 Best Islands for a Holiday by Places To See In Your Lifetime and one of the Top 12 Best Caribbean Vacations on FlipKey.com, the vacation rental company of leading travel website, TripAdvisor®.
Most recently, The Wall Street Journal ranked St. Kitts as #9 on a list of 10 places across the world for Where to Vacation in 2017, Coastal Living ranked St. Kitts as #16 of The World’s 21 Top Luxury Beach Destinations in 2017, and Caribbean Journal ranked St. Kitts as #11 of 25 Caribbean Destinations to Visit in 2017. St. Kitts has also been named #8 of the Top 10 Sexiest Places on the Planet by Reader’s Digest (Canada), one of the Best Caribbean Cruise Destinations by Thrillist and one of 6 Caribbean Islands You Need to Visit Now by Travelocity.
Intoxicating natural beauty, sunny skies, warm waters, and sandy beaches combine to make St. Kitts one of the most seductive spots in the Caribbean. Located in the northern Leeward Islands, it offers a diverse tourism product developed from the destination’s natural beauty, cultural heritage and rich history. The island’s stunning variety of tourism attractions include hiking through the tropical rainforest, riding the scenic railway that connects the island’s former sugar plantations, visiting the Caribelle Batik factory, and touring Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Among the more traditional vacation pastimes available are watersports, golf, shopping, tennis, dining, gaming at St. Kitts’ exclusive casino or simply relaxing on the beach. For more information about St. Kitts, visit www.stkittstourism.kn.
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