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'Golf in Jamaica' - Travel agents encouraged to spread the word at Sandals tourney

Published:Wednesday | September 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMAinsley Walters
Paul Pennicook (right), director of tourism, Jamaica Tourist Board, presents Junior Rodney of Team 23 with the winners’ trophy at the presentation ceremony for the Travel Weekly US Travel Agents Golf Tournament at Sandals Golf and Country Club in Ocho Rios at the weekend. From left are Gary Saddler, senior vice-president, sales, worldwide, Sandals; Rodney’s team members, Jacqueline Bass, Albertha Brown and Karen Scantlebury. Looking on in the background are (from left) Garth Laird, director, travel-industry programmes, Sandals, and Jay Nelson, associate publisher, new-business development, Travel Weekly, sponsor of the tournament.

TEAM 23, comprising Junior Rodney, Karen Scantlebury, Albertha Brown, and Jacqueline Bass, won the Travel Weekly US Travel Agents Golf Tournament at the Sandals Golf and Country Club in Ocho Rios at the weekend.

Team Four, made up of Larry Field Sr, Larry Field Jr, Dennis Field, and Nick Middaugh, were runners-up in the two-day tournament. More than 120 travel agents from the United States competed in the event staged by Sandals Resorts, playing two days of golf over 36 holes.

In its 13th year, the tournament is used to familiarise travel agents with the local resorts in the Sandals chain and highlights Sandals Golf and Country Club as a top Caribbean golfing destination.


Share the experience


Gary Saddler, senior vice-president, sales, worldwide, Sandals, implored the travel agents to keep selling Jamaica as a top golfing destination when they returned to the United States.

"Go back home, sell this hotel and sell golfing. Share with your customers your experience of Jamaica," he said at Saturday night's awards ceremony.

Young Jamaican golfing talent, 17-year-old Romaine Evans, wowed competitors with his driving prowess from the ladies' tee at the 14th hole in a Sandals Foundation benefit.

Competitors contributed a token US$10 to the foundation to have Edwards and Zandre Roye, two of 23 young players adopted by the programme, tee off from the par-five hole, on their behalf.

The contribution will go towards the Sandals Foundation, which continues to nurture young Jamaican golfers such as Roye and Evans, who won the junior title at the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships in St Croix, United States Virgin Islands, in July, which led to him being invited to participate in the prestigious Duke of York Young Champions Trophy, September 9-11, at Prince's Golf Course in England.

Other winners at the tournament included Roland Farrar, putting contest; Sharon Tonti, closest to pin, female; Junior Rodney, closest to pin, male; Paula Mullins Worster, longest drive, female; Nick Middaugh, longest drive, male; Team Four, Larry Field, Sr, Larry Field Jr, Dennis Field and Nick Middaugh, best-dressed team; Team 21, Rose and Jeff Stevenson, Catherine Byrne, and Sheila Golden, most honest score.