Golf News for Tuesday, April 29, 2014 | Tournaments

Montego Bay golf courses on show during Jamaica Invitational Pro-Am

Now in its ninth year, the Jamaica Tourist Board will again partner with Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum and The Golf Connection LLC to stage what many players have described as the best Pro-Am in the region. The five-star IBEROSTAR Grand Rose Hall in Montego Bay returns for the fourth consecutive year as host hotel for tournament participants, offering players and guests a five-day, luxury all-inclusive experience including 24-hour butler and concierge service, gourmet dining at four specialty restaurants, full-service spa and nightly entertainment.

This year, the Appleton Shootout, a separate one-day Pro-Am competition for visiting teams and VIP guests of Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum, will precede the main tournament and will be played on Tuesday, October 28 at the Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed championship course at Half Moon, A Rock Resort. Entry into the Shootout will be complimentary for any player registered for Annie's Revenge and staying six nights or more at the IBEROSTAR Grand Rose Hall.

"The partnership with Appleton and IBEROSTAR for the staging of the Jamaica Invitational Pro-Am has enhanced our efforts to grow this tournament to become one of the premiere golf events in the Caribbean," said John Lynch, Jamaica's Director of Tourism. "This year, we are continuing our push to attract an increased number of teams not only from the United States, Canada and the Caribbean but also from Latin America and Europe. It is events such as this which sets Jamaica apart as the complete Caribbean destination" he added.

"IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts looks forward to hosting its fourth consecutive Annie's Revenge tournament with the Jamaica Tourist Board," said John Long, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the brand. "As one of the largest golf tournaments in the region, it is an honor for the IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Rose Hall to welcome some of the world's best players and their guests."

New for 2014, teams participating in Annie's Revenge will now consist of five players, comprising a professional and four amateur golfers. Teams will compete over 54-holes, playing both courses, as they vie for the Jamaica Pro-Am Championship trophy. In addition to the competitive golf, the five-day event also includes nightly receptions, spectacular tee prizes for all players and the opportunity to vie for a host of prizes and awards. Event sponsors American Airlines, Cobra Puma Golf, IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts, and The Golf Connection LLC donate hole contest prizes and awards valued at more than US$10,000. PGA Golf Professionals who host participating teams compete for a total prize purse of US$35,000 between the Appleton Shootout and Annie's Revenge. Golfers interested in participating in this year's tournament can find out more and register online now or at www.JamaicaPro-Am.com.

"The addition of the Appleton Shootout at Half Moon to Annie's Revenge, creates a weeklong celebration of golf in Jamaica," states Tom Jaronski, Tournament Director and President of The Golf Connection LLC. "We will see players and guests arriving the weekend before the event to enjoy Montego Bay's world-class visitor attractions as they settle in for the competition and spirited festivities we have scheduled to take place."

Blue Hills Country Club of Kansas City, Missouri led by golf professional Todd Loechler with amateurs John Shultz, Robert Ravenhill and Nikki Cannezarro became the first repeat winners in the tournament's history, with their back-to-back victory in 2013. They bettered Canada's Angus Glen Country Club, led by Jamaican born golf professional Andrew Ximines, with a commanding eight stroke margin of victory.

Contact:
Lyndon Taylor / Natalia Lopez
Finn Partners
Tel: 212-715-1600
lyndon@finnpartners.com / natalia@finnpartners.com