KINGSTON, JAMAICA - August 5, 2013 - The Jamaica Tourist Board welcomes Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum as the new presenting sponsor of the 8th annual Jamaica Invitational Pro-Am "Annie's Revenge". The Jamaica Invitational Pro-Am will be played on two of Jamaica's best championship golf courses, Cinnamon Hill and White Witch, November 20 - 24, 2013 and with the new presenting sponsor will see Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum becoming the official tournament drink. IBEROSTAR Grand Rose Hall in Montego Bay will again serve as host hotel for tournament participants, offering players and guests a five-day, all-inclusive resort experience including personal butler service, helpful staff and nightly entertainment.
The announcement of this multi-year deal builds on an existing relationship between Appleton and the Jamaica Tourist Board, which began in 2012 when Appleton signed on as an official tournament sponsor. A year later Appleton has taken the decision to expand its support by becoming the new presenting sponsor of the Board's golf tournament, a signal of the brand's commitment to golf as well as the destination.
"The Jamaica Invitational Pro-Am is pleased to partner with Appleton, one of the top global brands as we seek to grow our tournament to make it one of the premiere golf events in the Caribbean," said John Lynch, Jamaica's Director of Tourism. "Both relationships with Iberostar and now Appleton mark an important extension of the "Annie's Revenge" experience which has resulted in the event continuing to attract an increased number of teams across the United States, Canada and Europe. The tournament has grown from a few teams in the initial years to now selling out annually, which we are hoping to achieve again this year."
Teams of four, 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. The week includes 54 holes of competitive golf, gala receptions and the opportunity to vie for a US$30,000 professional prize purse.
Spaces are filling up quickly for the Jamaica Invitational Pro-Am, nicknamed "Annie's Revenge," after the legendary White Witch of Rose Hall, so golfers are being encouraged to reserve a space now by registering at http://www.JamaicaProAm.com/.
Blue Hills Country Club of Kansas City, Missouri led by golf professional Duke Lohr are defending champions. Jamaican-born Andrew Ximines, seasoned golf professional representing the Wyndance Golf Club in Ontario, Canada was last year's leading money winner pocketing US$5,000. 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, six shots under par.
The Jamaica Invitational Pro-Am presented by Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum 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.
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