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Ambrose Gouthro to be enshrined in African American Golfers Hall of Fame

A long-time contributor to golf development in The Bahamas, and indeed, the Caribbean/Latin region, is the newest Bahamian slated to be enshrined in the African American Golfers Hall of Fame.

Melvin Ambrose Gouthro, vice president of the Grand Bahama Sports Promotion Association (GBSPA) and director of the Bahamas Golf Federation’s (BGF) Northern Division, will be inducted on Sunday, May 26 during a celebration reception at the Eastpointe Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA.

The induction ceremony is one of the week-long set of activities in the Palm Beach Gardens and Riviera Beach areas.

After the meet-and-greet reception on May 23 and during the days leading up to the induction, the Hall of Fame Committee will host educational roundtable sessions, Legends of Golf meet-and-greet and reception affairs, the Founder’s Annual Fish Fry and the invitational golf tournament. On Monday May 27, this year’s induction program will conclude with the Founder’s Breakfast.

Gouthro expressed surprise, but appreciation when officially informed of the achievement.

“I never expected to be inducted in the African American Golfers Hall of Fame. I accept with pride, though, because it would seem that my work in the game has transcended social barriers that we are all responsible at times for, innocently and otherwise. From what I know of the African American Golfers Hall of Fame, it is venerable, and I am proud to be associated to even a small degree with the true greats of the game, such as Jim Dent and so many others. The organization serves an important purpose of expanding the international golfing community, with an emphasis on Florida and the connected areas, linked through the sport. Also, it is good to join the club of Bahamians who have been inducted before me. There have been talks of the Bahamian group of inductees putting together something formal, as sort of an extension to the base of operation of the Hall of Fame in Palm Beach Gardens,” said Gouthro.

The honor is well-deserved.

Other than his dedication to the development of juniors, and accordingly, the work with the Northern Division in recent times, Gouthro is also a past president of the federation, a multiple national team member and one of that small group that stays attached to the golf program in the country throughout the year.

In Grand Bahama, where he is primarily located, Gouthro helps to coordinate four annual tournaments and is significant to the resurgence of the sport on that island.

It is expected that a group of Bahamian friends and supporters will be on hand in Palm Beach Gardens to share the special moment with Gouthro.

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