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Baxter Canadian Golf tourney a major success

Published:Friday | November 3, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Team Seven comprising Robert Cole, Stephen Willems, Larry Field and Dennis Field, emerged champions of the 21st annual Baxter Travel Golf Tournament held at the Sandals Golf and Country Club last weekend.

The victors, who shot 67 and 63 for a 12 under par 130, received the championship trophy from Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett at a glittering awards ceremony held at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort ballroom last Saturday.

Second place went to Team Six, which included Chippy Jega, Virgillo Russi, Naqalingham Spirkathan and Michael Degrace, which carded a 8 under par 134 with scores of 68 and 66.

Other winners were: Men's Closest to the Pin, Naqalingham Spirkathan; Ladies Longest Drive - Jackie Smith; Men's Longest Drive - Stephen Willems; Putting Competition Toni Rolli.

Over 80 Canadian travel agents and tour operators took part in the two-day tournament, the third major international staged at the venue in recent times.

"Jamaica stands to benefit significantly from hosting these influential travel agents," said Maureen Barnes-Smith, Director of Sales & Marketing, Unique Vacations Canada, speaking at the awards ceremony

"Not only were they here as part of the successful Sandals tournament, but they also got a chance to tour the island, experience what Jamaica had to offer, which will help go back, promote and sell Jamaica," Barnes-Smith added.

She pointed to the significance of the Canadian market, which has experienced growth in the past several years and is of vital importance to the island.