MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- Blue Hills Country Club of Kansas City, Missouri led by golf professional Duke Lohr with a team score of 243 (-44 under par), defeated the Black Gold Golf Club of Yorba Linda, California with golf pro Scott Heyn by one stroke to win the 7th annual Jamaica Invitational Pro-Am "Annie's Revenge" presented by NIKE GOLF. Amateurs John Schultz, Nikki Canazarro and Robert Ravenhill rounded out Blue Hill's winning team. The 54-hole championship event, which concluded on Saturday, November 17, featured a sold out field representing golf clubs from across the U.S., Canada and Europe. The event, hosted once again by Iberostar Grand Rose Hall was played on two of Jamaica's championship golf courses, Cinnamon Hill and White Witch in Montego Bay.
Jamaican-born Andrew Ximines, seasoned golf professional representing the Wyndance Golf Club in Ontario, Canada was the leading money winner pocketing $5,500 USD. Ximines also shared the 36-hole Pro Medal Honors with Travis Deibert from Commonwealth National Golf Club #2 in Horsham, Pennsylvania, by shooting a 137, 6 shots under par. In the team gross competition, based on the lowest one best ball gross combined score for the first two rounds, The Champions Club at Julington Creek from Jacksonville, Florida led by golf pro David Palm scored edged out the Winged Foot Golf Club from Mamaroneck, New York by one stroke with a team score of seventeen under par, 126.
"As a destination, we are proud to support such a wonderful event that brings teams from close to a dozen countries to the destination to enjoy Jamaica's world-class golf which is second to none in the Caribbean," said Donnie Dawson, Deputy Director of Tourism, Sales, Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB). "The combination of championship golf with its wonderful vistas, and the warm hospitality of our people, has proven to be the driving force behind the tournament's success. We look forward to another sold out field in 2013."
In the Championship Round, where team scores were based on a 54-hole cumulative score, the team from Bent Creek Country Club in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with amateurs Kurt Kessler, Joe Lutz, Daniel O'Donnell and golf professional Jim Haus captured the runner-up spot with a score of 248.
In the B Flight, Scott Heyn's Black Gold Golf Club with amateurs David Goldstein, Scott Krivis and Mark Raymer took home top honors; while co-leading money winner Andrew Ximines and amateur teammates Neil Baugh, Michael Evans, Gary Goulding from the Wyndance Golf Club claimed the runner-up spot.
In the Challenge Round, where teams not making the Championship Round cut went head-to-head using a two-best ball 18-hole score for the final round, TPC Summerlin from Las Vegas, Nevada with amateurs Rick Gielow, Michael Livingston, Robin McNesby and golf professional Spencer Edwards, won by seven strokes over Commonwealth National Golf Club #1 from Pennsylvania in Flight C. Commonwealth National GC #1 was led by golf professional Patrick Shine with amateurs Robert Cheatle, Richards Privitera and David Urbach.
Rounding out the winners were RidgePointe Country Club from Jonesboro, Arkansas where amateurs Jerry Brackett, George Krennerich, John Payne and golf professional Scott Erdmann emerged winners in Flight D with a score of 130. RidgePointe CC edged out the Crans Sur Sierre Golf Club from Switzerland by one stroke with amateurs Chantal Govaerts, Robert Govaerts, Maria Wensing and professional Eddie Gardino.
Golf Professionals competed for an increased purse of $30,000 USD thanks to the support of lead sponsors NIKE GOLF and Iberostar Hotels & Resorts, while amateurs were awarded an array of prizes donated by official sponsors, including NIKE GOLF, American Airlines, and the Host Resort Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall for team finishes in four flights and exciting on-course contest holes. NIKE GOLF, the presenting sponsor of the event for the fifth year in a row, provided product demos, extensive prizes and tee gifts for all the players, including Zoom Trophy Golf Shoes, DriFIT Golf Apparel and Outerwear, 20XI Golf Balls, and more. Flight winners received a commemorative plaque, handcrafted in Jamaica, as well as some of the latest equipment from, NIKE GOLF's Victory Red Pro line of metal woods and irons. Additionally, participants who won sponsored contest holes were awarded roundtrip tickets on American Airlines, NIKE GOLF eyewear from Jamaica Tours Limited, Appleton Estate 21-year old reserve rum, and return stays to the Iberostar Grand Hotel and the Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort.
"2012 marked another successful year for the Jamaica Invitational Pro-Am and the fourth sellout in the event's short seven year history. Players and guests continue to value the total immersion experience the event offers. When we combine a world class golf tournament with Iberostar's luxurious resort amenities and Jamaica's welcoming culture, magical things happen." noted Tournament Director, Tom Jaronski, President of The Golf Connection LLC. "The word is out among NIKE GOLF's Swoosh Staff Members and golf clubs across the globe, that the Jamaica Pro-Am has emerged as the Caribbean's best Pro-Am."
The Jamaica Invitational Pro-Am "Annie's Revenge" presented by NIKE GOLF is managed exclusively by The Golf Connection, LLC for the Jamaica Tourist Board. For details, please visit www.jamaicaproam.com or call 484-762-1185. To book a vacation to Jamaica, visit www.visitjamaica.com or contact your local travel specialist.
About 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 fourth consecutive year. Additionally, Montego Bay was named the World's Leading Beach Destination; Ocho Rios was named the Caribbean's. Leading Cruise Port and Sangster International Airport was voted the Caribbean's leading airport. JTB offices are located in Kingston, Montego Bay, Miami, Toronto and London. Representative offices are located in Mexico, 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 www.visitjamaica.com, or call the Jamaica Tourist Board at 1-800-JAMAICA (1-800-526-2422). Follow the JTB on Facebook at www.facebook.com/visitjamaica, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/visitjamaicanow or on YouTube at www.youtube.com/aboutjamaicajtb.
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