Golf News for Monday, June 4, 2012 | Tournaments

Tee-off at 7th Annual Jamaica Invitational Pro-Am "Annie's Revenge"

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Golf travelers and tournament players interested in participating in the 7th Annual Jamaica Invitational Pro-Am "Annie's Revenge" presented by NIKE GOLF can now reserve a space by registering at The tournament will be played at Cinnamon Hill and White Witch Golf Courses, in Jamaica's tourist capital, Montego Bay, November 14 - 18, 2012. Team entries are accepted on a first come, first served basis until registration closes on August 1, 2012. The celebrated, all-inclusive, Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall will once again serve as the host hotel for tournament participants, offering players and guests a five-day, all-inclusive resort experience with superior service including personal butler service, helpful staff and nightly entertainment.

The Jamaica Tourist Board has teamed up with NIKE GOLF to present the Jamaica Invitational Pro-Am, nicknamed "Annie's Revenge," after the legendary White Witch of Rose Hall. Teams of four players, comprising a professional and three amateur golfers, will compete over 54-holes, playing both courses as they compete for the Jamaica Pro-Am Championship trophy. Golf professionals will play for a purse of US$30,000. Last year's leading money winner, John Denholm from Steubenville CC in Ohio will attempt to defend his title against a field of 40 pros eager to capture a share of this year's increased prize purse.

"The Jamaica Invitational Pro-Am with NIKE GOLF is one of the premiere golf events in the Caribbean," said John Lynch, Jamaica's Director of Tourism. "This event has grown from a few teams in the initial years to now selling out annually, with players traveling from the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. We have developed a positive, mutually beneficial partnership with NIKE GOLF and Iberostar Resorts that allows golfers and guests to experience so much of what Jamaica has to offer both as a sport and leisure destination."

Amateurs will vie for prizes valued at more than US$15,000, including tournament plaques handmade in Jamaica and NIKE GOLF equipment, which will be awarded to top placing teams in four flights as well as the winners of special on-course contest holes each day. The defending champions are from the 1757 Golf Club in Dulles, Virginia, and were led by host golf professional Rick Burk.

"The Jamaica Pro-Am has quickly become a must-play event for the club professionals, but even more so for their members," said John McLean, National Director of Sales for NIKE GOLF. "The tournament and hospitality gets better every year and has been well received by our accounts who have participated. The feedback we hear is that more and more amateurs want to get involved. That gives us an even better opportunity to showcase our products and brand story to a growing audience of active, engaged golfers."

The Jamaica Invitational Pro-Am presented by NIKE GOLF is managed by The Golf Connection LLC.

"The Golf Connection has worked with the Jamaica Tourist Board to manage and develop 'Annie's Revenge' from its inception," said Tom Jaronski, President and company founder of The Golf Connection LLC. "We're continuing to tap into relevant synergies with partner companies and form new relationships with golf clubs across the U.S. and Canada as we look to further grow this tournament and continue to offer players exceptional value for their money."

To pre-register for the Jamaica Invitational Pro-Am, visit All-inclusive tournament entry fees are US$2,875 for amateurs and US$1,450 for non golf guests, without airfare. Host golf professionals receive a complimentary entry and US$500 travel credit courtesy of the JTB and NIKE GOLF if their team is registered by August 1, 2012.

Jamaica, easily accessible via non-stop flights from many major gateway cities, is 146 miles long with mountainous peaks soaring to 7,402 feet (2,256 meters). The island features eight championship golf courses. Jamaica's accommodations range from luxury resorts to charming cottages and inns, all focusing on top-notch service, and restaurants to fit any taste and price point. The destination includes more than 120 rivers, stunning waterfalls and white sand beaches. A year-round vacation destination, some of Jamaica's other diverse activities include hiking the Blue Mountains, bird-watching, award-winning festivals, caving in the Cockpit Country, zip-lining, horseback riding, cliff diving, rainforest bobsledding, deep sea fishing, bicycle tours, dog-sledding, dolphin and shark encounters, duty-free shopping, and more. To book a vacation to Jamaica, please go to

About The Golf Connection LLC
The Golf Connection (TGC) specializes in developing and executing integrated marketing programs and special events for destinations, resorts and corporate clients across the globe. Led by President and company founder Tom Jaronski, TGC has managed the Jamaica Pro-Am for the Jamaica Tourist Board since 2006 when the event was launched. To date, TGC has delivered more than 1,200 players and guests to Annie's Revenge since its inception. For details on TGC's services and events visit For Jamaica Pro-Am highlights visit

About the Jamaica Tourist Board
The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is Jamaica's national tourism agency based in the capital city of Kingston. The JTB was declared the Caribbean's Leading Tourist Board by the World Travel Awards (WTA) from 2006 to 2011. Also in 2011, Jamaica earned the WTA's vote for the World's Leading Cruise Destination, Caribbean's Leading Destination and Caribbean's Leading Cruise Destination for the fifth consecutive year. Additionally, the Historic Falmouth Cruise Port was recognized as the World's Leading Tourism Development Project while Ocho Rios was named the Caribbean's Leading Cruise Port and Sangster International Airport was voted the Caribbean's Leading Airport. The destination also received recognition as the World's Leading Honeymoon Destination.

JTB offices are located in Kingston, Montego Bay, Miami, Toronto and London. Representative offices are located in Düsseldorf, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam and Tokyo.

For details on upcoming special events, attractions and accommodations in Jamaica go to the JTB's Web site at, or call the Jamaica Tourist Board at 1-800-JAMAICA (1-800-526-2422). Follow the JTB on Facebook at, on Twitter at or on YouTube at

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