At least two principal leaders of sports in West Palm Beach, Florida, are expected to be in Freeport, Grand Bahama, for the Edward St. George Memorial Invitational golf weekend, from March 26-29.
Founder/Chairman of the African American Golfers Hall of Fame (AAGHOF) Malachi Knowles has confirmed his presence with the Grand Bahama Sports Promotion Association (GBSPA) – organizers of events such as the annual St. George golf tournaments.
On the weekend, there will be high-level meetings arranged around the pairings party for the St. George regular event, the tourney and the junior golf segment. The talks will be in the interest of formalizing an exchange arrangement that will enable young golfers registered in the Northern Division of the Bahamas Golf Federation (BGF), and listed with the GBSPA, to match skills with young players from the West Palm Bach area.
The GBSPA has also invited Palm Beach Sports
Commission Executive Director George W. Linley III.
“His presence is important, and that way he can have a personal, hands-on perspective of what it is we are seeking to do. I did mention my proposed visit to him and think it will be quite good for all of us to get around a table and discuss the prospect of our golfers of the future connecting to further their development,” said Knowles.
Tournament Director Ambrose Gouthro called the arrangement “a breakthrough for golf in the northern region and for the wider country”.
Informed of the confirmation of Knowles, Gouthro called the Bahamian-flavored mentor of the African American Golfers Hall of Fame a stalwart for the game.
“I have known of Malachi for a good number of years now. I have kept abreast of the golfing advancements he has been involved in. He is a stalwart. Now, this move that is afoot for the juniors of the northern region to interact with those from the West Palm Beach region in competition, friendly though it might be, is huge for our program. We will be delighted to have Mr. Knowles with us to observe and to have discussions toward an exchange. The possible attendance of the Palm Beach Sports Commission Executive Director is the kind of dimension that will make the whole process even greater and more significant for golf and sports in The Bahamas,” said Gouthro.
Over the weekend, the juniors will play Friday, March 27. That evening, the pairings party for the regular golfers will take place, and the big tournament – a four-man team affair – is scheduled for Saturday, March 28.
Knowles and Linley are set to depart on Sunday, March 29.
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