Well, the stage is set for the annual Edward St. George Memorial Invitational Golf Tournament.
The event, coordinated by the Grand Bahama Sports Promotions Association, will take place next week Saturday, November 11 at the Lucayan Country Club in Freeport. It has attracted a variety of entrants, notably the acclaimed international sailor Craig Symonette, who will be making his first appearance in the signature sports affair in Grand Bahama.
Committed are some 16 teams, four players each. This means, that more than 60 players will be gracing the Lucayan Course for the event that pays tribute to the late iconic investment catalyst on the island, Edward St. George.
The tournament is expected to be competitive and inspirational for the sport of golf, as it has quickly become established as an event that has the kind of glamor attached to it, similar to a past culture when Grand Bahama was considered the golfing mecca in the region.
There is also, a special dimension to the Edward St. George Tournament that has become an essential aspect of the national sports landscape. Reference is to the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC). This organization has in recent decades evolved to be the second largest sports-sponsoring entity in the country, second only to the Government of The Bahamas.
Indeed, BTC is the lead sponsor for the Edward St. George Memorial and in doing so, continues to be the top private advocate for nation building through sports assistance. Across the nation, in every sector, BTC has a presence, contributing to the very existence of societies. BTC’s outreach is expansive and its value, in particular to sports development in the country, is immense.
Tournament Director, Ambrose Gouthro, on Wednesday, informed that “ there is a most satisfying list of entries.”
“We had 13 teams last year and that was a pleasant surprise for the inaugural tournament. At the outset when we began planning for this year’s event, we thought we would be appreciative if we attracted the same amount. I am pleased to say that based on the confirmed list I have got which includes private companies and groups of friends, we should be around 16 teams and perhaps one or two more,” said the long-time golf affiliate who also monitors the sport for the Bahamas Golf Federation as the Northern Region Director.
The pairings party for the tournament will take place on Friday, November 10 and play is set to kick off at 8:00 a.m. the following morning. Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister in Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson has endorsed the St. George Tournament as “one of the quality happenings that can heighten the profile of the island. I expect that it will be a special event.”
Fully supportive of the tournament as well, is the Grand Bahama Port of Authority, the investment engine for the island, which became synonymous with the name Edward St. George. Other important sponsors include the Grand Bahama Power Company, BORCO (Buckeye), Sawyers Food, FOCOL, Graham Thompson - Co. and the Grand Lucayan Hotel.
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