SINT MAARTEN (MULLET BAY) - In the first St. Maarten Open Golf Tournament held post-hurricane Irma, the spirit of positive continuity and perseverance was embodied by Mr. Marlin George. He turned out to be the best player in the two-day tournament held the past weekend with a cumulative score of 153. The visiting player from Antigua proved to be the sharpest and most consistent on both days. The Tournament Overall Low Net was won by David Ward from the USA with a total Low Net score of 123.
The Sxm Open Tournament started with an opening reception for players and sponsors on Friday evening at the Sunset Beach Bar The first round of the tournament got underway on Saturday morning with a total of 65 players representing St. Maarten and St. Martin, a large group of golfers from Anguilla, as well as France, Colombia, Antigua, USA, Nevis, Trinidad and the Netherlands The Championship flight with 10 players all with a handicap between 0-10, consisted of players that were determined to chase the first day leaders on the second day of the tournament. Still Champion Marlin George beat them by 3 strokes. 2nd Low Gross was won by Howard Hobgood from St. Maarten. The prize of 1st Low Net was won by Stanley Samuel from St. Martin with a score of 142, 2nd Low Net was won by Jesus Rivera from Colombia.
In the category Men’s 1st flight for players with a handicap between 11 and 18, Marc Grenouilleau from St. Martin came out on top with a score of 163 Low Gross, Andy Holmes took first Low Net with a score of 140. In the Men’s 2nd Flight for players with a handicap between 18 and 36, first Low Gross was won by Andy Wescott from St. Maarten with a score of 183, first Low Net went to Louis Assier de Pompignan from St. Martin with a score of 145.
In a strong field of female players, the prize for Low Gross in the Ladies category went to Marie Gibbons from the USA with a score of 173. Low Net was won by Oli Tinitali from St. Maarten with a score of 151.
Jean Paul Clerc from St. Martin shot 164 to win the Low Gross in the category Senior’s 1st Flight for players over 50 years old and with a handicap up to 18, while Tony Lake took 1st Low Net in this category with a score of 135. In the Senior’s 2nd Flight for players with a handicap between 19 and 36, first Low Gross was won by Lester Samuel from Anguilla with a score of 184, first Low Net went to Glenford Gumbs from Anguilla with a score of 144.
This year again a large number of players participated in the Super Seniors category (for golfers over 60). Therefore, this category was split up for players with a handicap up to 18 and a category with handicaps from 19 to 36. In the ‘Super Senior’s 1st Flight’, Keith Graham from St. Maarten won Low Gross with a score of 171 and Low Net was won by Tony Burn from St. Maarten with a score of 141.
The category ‘Super Seniors 2nd Flight’ was won by David Ward from St. Maarten with a score of 193 Low Gross, Hilroy Humphreys from Antigua won Low Net in this category with a score of 155.
After the second round on Sunday a recognition party was held at Tortuga Beach Bar and Lounge, where Awards were given to the numerous winners and auctions were held as well as raffles.
The St. Maarten Golf Association SMGA was able to organize this top ranked tournament due to the great partnership with Mullet Bay Resort & Golf Course, combined with the relentless efforts from its members, volunteers and the tremendous support it received from both the local and international business community. Proceeds from the event will benefit pre-selected community organizations supporting sports for the youth of St. Maarten.
A special thanks goes out to:
Mullet Bay Golf Course
Our PLATINUM sponsors:
Anderson Fabrics, Anton Assurances, Caribtrans, CC1, First Auto SXM, Générali Assurance
RBC Bank, SOL Antilles, SXM Timeshare Association, Nagico, Teledom
Our GOLD sponsors:
Arawak, Boogaard Insurances, BZSE Law Office,
The Daily Herald, Electec, First Caribbean International Bank,
Grant Thornton, Great Bay Beach Resort, Guardian Insurances,
Holland House Beach Hotel, La Soufrière/BWA Yachting, SBS Building Supplies,
S.H.T.A., St. Maarten Ports Authority, Starz City Casino,
St. Maarten Tourist Office, Sunset Beach Bar, Tortuga Bar & Restaurant,
Winair Airlines, Winward Island Bank, WYSO.
The SMGA is a non-profit organization of avid golfers formed to promote the practice of the game and to foster community spirit. The SMGA organizes golf matches and tournaments for its members
and non-members and donates most of its proceeds that achieved through membership fees and during events like the St. Maarten Open to multiple community organizations on the island.