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Sandals US Travel Agents Golf tourney tees off

Published:Friday | September 18, 2015 | 9:00 AM
Garth Laird

OCHO RIOS:

Some 120 golfers will participate in the 13th annual United States Travel Agents Golf Tournament, which tees off this morning at the Sandals Golf and Country Club in Ocho Rios.

The two-day event will comprise teams playing in a four-man 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 Agents 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 first hand and hence being better able to market the destination and facilities to their respective clients."

He added that as a venue, the 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."

The awards presentation will take place tomorrow at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort.