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St. Kitts Scores with 2nd Annual Couples Golf Classic
Event Includes a Special Celebrity Guest
and Showcases the Destination to a Key Target Market
Pictured: Golfers Drew and Jamie Seale (at left and center) on the Royal St. Kitts Golf Course with former Major League Baseball pitcher, two-time Cy Young Award winner and celebrity golfer Bret Saberhagen (at right) playing in the 2nd Annual St. Kitts & Nevis Couples Golf Classic, which took place November 7 – 11, 2017.
Basseterre, St. Kitts (November 20, 2017) – St. Kitts hit a “hole in one” with its 2nd Annual St. Kitts & Nevis Couples Golf Classic, which featured play on both islands of the Federation from November 7 – 11, 2017. In addition to drawing participating golfers from across the US, this year’s event featured special celebrity guest Bret Saberhagen, a former Major League Baseball pitcher, two-time Cy Young Award winner and avid golfer as well as special guest Risa Feldman, writer for Aspen Luxury Life magazine and a travel and food blogger.
“Our Couples Golf Classic has only increased in prestige and appeal from its inaugural year, attracting golfers from California to New Jersey and a first-time celebrity participant,” said the Hon. Mr. Lindsay F.P. Grant, Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry and Commerce. “I am extremely pleased with the success of this event, as it helps us grow awareness for the destination among the lucrative niche golf travel market.”
Pictured: Minister Grant (at center) with Bret Saberhagen (at right) and participant Drew Seale of Dallas, Texas, (at left) during the closing cocktail reception for the 2017 Couples Golf Classic.
One of St. Kitts’ signature golf events, the Couples Golf Classic showcases the destination’s world-class golf courses, accommodations, attractions and scenic natural beauty. Golfers played rounds one and three of the 54-hole mixed team tournament the signature Robert Trent Jones II course at the Four Seasons Resort Nevis. Round two was played on the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club designed by Canadian course architect Thomas McBroom.
Pictured: The 2017 Couples Golf Classic Champions Penny and Gordon Jumonville with their trophy.
This year’s winning team was Penny and Gordon Jumonville from Fort Worth, Texas. The husband and wife duo were wire-to-wire winners, jumping out to an early lead after Round One’s Shamble Format with a NET Best Ball score of 55. Their 54-hole total of 124 bested the closest runner up by just 4 shots. In second place was the pair of Kay Bailey and John Heyer from Long Beach California. They made a strong final round charge in Round Three’s NET Best Ball format, making up 7 shots on the field to capture second place. Patti and Jeff Kindl from New Orleans, Louisiana, took home the third place title. They played their last three holes of the tournament in four-under-par (NET) to capture third by a shot.
Bret Saberhagen said, “The courses were a lot of fun and presented a good challenge for golfers of all skill levels. Everyone enjoyed one another’s company. It was great to be part of the event.” Other participants gave the event similar glowing reviews, with Patti Kindl saying, “It was the best golf trip ever!” and Bruce Hogg, who competed alongside his wife Carla, stating unequivocally, “It was a well-run event. Everything was coordinated and done just right. We’ll be back.”
Pictured: Bruce & Carla Hogg from Washington, NJ (at left) and Patti & Jeff Kindl from New Orleans, Louisiana, on the Royal St. Kitts Golf Course during the Couples Golf Classic.
In addition to golf, the group enjoyed opening and closing cocktail receptions, having the local experience of an evening dining out on fresh lobster and other West Indian food at Sunshine’s, basking in the warm Caribbean sunshine and receiving warm welcomes throughout the five-day event. All participants stayed at the event’s official host hotel, the Four Seasons Resort Nevis. To promote event entries, the St. Kitts Tourism Authority and the Four Seasons Resort Nevis partnered with ClubCorp’s Private Clubs magazine and the New Jersey State Golf Association. Attendees were able to choose from a 4 and 7 night bed and breakfast or all-inclusive packages for one or two persons, all specially priced just for the event.
Pictured: St. Kitts Tourism Authority CEO Racquel Brown (at right) with golfers participating in the Couples Classic.
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. It has been voted as one of 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 offers spectacular views of St. Kitts as well as a beach-side finishing hole. Both courses are considered to be two of the Caribbean’s most scenic and challenging championship courses.
The 3rd Annual St. Kitts & Nevis Couples Golf Place will take place in November 2018. To learn more about the event as well as golf in St. Kitts and Nevis, visit www.golfstkittsandnevis.com.
Pictured: Risa Feldman, writer for Aspen Luxury Life magazine and travel/epicurean blogger, at Salt Plage.
About St. Kitts:
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 or ziplining 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 water sports, 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.
Pictured: Second place winners Kay Bailey and John Heyer of Long Beach, California, at the Four Seasons Resort Nevis.
Pictured: The Awards Table at the Closing Cocktail Reception held at the Four Seasons Resort Nevis.
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