MULLET BAY – The St. Maarten Golf Association (SMGA) will host its 24th annual St. Maarten Open Golf Tournament on Saturday, April 16, and Sunday, April 17, at the Mullet Bay golf course.
Proceeds from the event will benefit multiple pre-selected local community organizations like the: No Kidding with Our Kids Foundation; LAB Sports Academy; and Junior Golf Foundation of St. Maarten.
The festivities will begin with registration on Friday, April 15, at the golf course followed by an opening reception for all participants, sponsors, media and invited guests from 7:00pm to 10:00pm at Sunset Beach Bar. Guests will have a chance to mingle and greet many long-time friends from other islands as well as meet new ones.
So far the SMGA has a total of 89 registered golfers, and expect to have over 90 players when the tournament starts. Including a large contingent of local players from St. Maarten and St. Martin, there will be talented and highly competitive golfers from the neighboring islands of Anguilla, St. Kitts, Nevis, Curaçao, and Guadeloupe as well as players from Canada, the United States of America, United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
This 36-hole stroke play tournament will kick off with the first round of 18 holes on Saturday morning, April 16, at 7:00am. The second round will be played on Sunday, April 17. Following the tournament, an awards and recognition party will be held at Sky Beach Rooftop Beach and Lounge in Maho for participants, sponsors, media and invited guests from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.
The two-day tournament is made possible due to year round major contributors Mullet Bay Resort and Golf Course and CC1, combined with annual support and sponsorships from a large number of local and international businesses.
Special thanks goes out to: Mullet Bay Golf Course and CC1; Platinum sponsors: Anderson Fabrics; Bank of Nova Scotia; Cariburo/Dauphin Telecom; Caribtrans; PJIA; Sol Antilles; SXM Timeshare Association; RBC Bank; Générali Assurance; Gold sponsors: Audi Motorworld; Prime Distributors; Central Mix Concrete; Sonesta Great Bay Resort & Casino; Holland House Beach Hotel; Intergraph Corporation; Oyster Bay Beach Resort; Sunset Beach Bar; Rendezvous Tour Company; SBS Building Supplies; Sky Beach Rooftop Lounge; SHTA; Boogaard Insurances; Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort; Tropics Frozen Mixes; Starz City Casino; The Daily Herald; Winair Airlines; Windward Islands Bank and Electec.
And other sponsors and contributors too numerous to mention that contributed in different ways through cash donations, hotel stays, dinner vouchers, gift vouchers, certificates, and tickets.
During all tournament days, great prizes will be raffled and auctioned off with all net proceeds going to the selected community organizations. In addition, all amateur competitors are eligible for the hole-in-one prize where the first player who hits an ace on hole #11 will win a Hyundai i30.
The SMGA is a non-profit organization of avid golfers that promotes the practice of the game of golf and to foster community sense. The SMGA organizes golf matches and tournaments for its members and non-members, and donates most of its proceeds, which are acquired through membership fees and during events like the St. Maarten Open, to multiple community organizations on the island.
For more information on this event, or to schedule an interview with either the SMGA President Keith Graham or SMGA Tournament Director Rodney Tackling, call Marc Groeneveldt at +1(721) 553-2234.