The Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) staged the 21st Annual BHTA Golf Tournament at the prestigious Royal Blue Golf Club at Baha Mar on Sunday. The tournament supports BHTA’s workforce development programs and scholarships for students whose studies fall within the gamut of the hospitality industry.
“We were so pleased to once again see a high level of participation from players as well as corporate sponsors and supporters. This tournament continues to grow and gain notoriety as being one of the most enjoyable, organized and well-executed tournaments held in New Providence,” stated BHTA President Carlton Russell. “Once again, many tourism stakeholders and ancillary businesses who are intricately linked to the industry have come together to support a worthy cause. We were especially pleased to see local Tru Tru Bahamian entrepreneurs, who we invite to every BHTA event possible, interact and link with tourism representatives, as we continue to support and promote linkages between this sector of our economy, and the tourism industry.”
Golfers enjoyed a beautiful day on the Royal Blue course, vying for a cadre of incredible prizes, including staycations at premier Bahamian resorts throughout The Bahamas, extravagant dinner experiences, excursions, gift items and more. Corporate sponsors set up interactive “fun stations” at several holes on the course, where golfers enjoyed refreshments, music and giveaways. The culmination of friendly competition, libation stations and prizes valued in excess of $ 10,000 made this tournament one of the most successful, highly anticipated annual golf tournaments on New Providence.
The prestigious title of “Winner of the BHTA’s 21st Annual Golf Tournament” was awarded to Neale Jones and Tony Aranha who walked away with the top team designation and staycation prizes at the Ocean Club, a Four Seasons Resort. A tie-breaker resulted in second place going to Glenn Haddad and Eric Price with a mere point separating them from third place finishers Ricky Davis and Bradley Strachan.
Other winners included men and women’s longest drive which went to Neale Jones and Krystal MacKenzie respectively, and men’s closest to the pin which went to John Kinger. The Best Dressed Booth Award was awarded to Royal Fidelity which has won this award numerous times in past tournaments. Two newcomers to the tournament, Blackbeard’s Revenge, a new attraction featuring an exciting pirate ship excursion along Nassau Harbour, and Margaritaville Beach Resort at The Pointe finished second and third respectively for their booths.
The BHTA Golf Tournament was supported by a wide range of sponsors including Atlantis Paradise Island resort, Baha Mar, the Paradise Island Tourism Development Association (PITDA), the Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board (NPIPB), Ocean Club Four Seasons, Royal Fidelity, Margaritaville Beach Resort at The Pointe, Sandals Royal Bahamian, CIBC FirstCaribbean Int’l Bank, John Watlings Distillery, Corner Bank (Overseas) Ltd., J.S. Johnson & Co. Ltd., Restaurants (Bahamas) Ltd., the d’Albenas Agency, Bahamas Food Services (BFS) Agency Ltd., A’Louise Designs, Always By Allia, Ardastra Gardens & Zoo, Bahamas Wholesale Agencies Ltd., British Colonial Hilton, Caribbean Bottling Bahamas Ltd., Comfort Suites PI, Rosewood, Grand Hyatt and SLS Baha Mar, Luciano’s of Chicago Restaurant, Royal Blue Golf Course, Ocean Club Golf Club, Small Hope Bay Lodge, Sunrise Beach Villas, the University of The Bahamas, Valentine’s Resort, Waynehead Productions, Standard Textile, Cheryl’s Taxi & Tours, Blackbeard’s Revenge, Little Switzerland and Bahama Blu.
Other supporters included Golf Committee representatives, Fred Lunn, Andy Deiro, Cornell Collins and Gerhard Beukes, volunteers Regia Knowles, Teajah Johnson, Alicia Greene, Denise Johnson and Tewisha Fernander along with BHTA staff Suzanne Pattusch, Sharon Farrington, Dominique Duncanson and Latasha Allen; and Kendrick Major.