8th Annual GB Open Press Conference
On Thursday, March 21st, a press conference was held to announce the return of the Annual Grand Bahama Open April 6th-7th at the Reef Golf Course on Grand Bahama Island.
This year’s event is the eighth edition of the tournament, which is intended to create a resurgence of the sport of golf on the island. The tourney is expected to attract approximately 70 golfers from The Bahamas, Canada, and the United States of America.
As golf had long been a sport which attracted many guests to the Freeport area in years past, Nuvolari Chotoosingh, Manager, Niche Markets, MOTA, said, “The Ministry of Tourism and Aviation is once again very pleased to be a part of this significant golfing event here on Grand Bahama Island. Of course, golf is a major component of our tourism product and we’re trying to do as many golf tournaments as possible here to try to raise the level of golf once again.”
He added that “We’re down to perhaps a single playable golf course right now here at the Reef Golf Course and we hope that in the not too distant future that will change.”
In order to capitalize on this vision, Northern Division Director of the Bahamas Golf Federation, Ambrose Gouthro, said, “We will make every attempt to bring these, and other events to Grand Bahama, however, the way is currently being paved with the continuation of the Grand Bahama Open- born from the former prestigious event, the PGA West End Classic.”
With an agreement that allows participants to use scores from two rounds of the tournament towards scoring for the nationally recognized Sands Cup, the Grand Bahama Open will be a multi-faceted event conducted by the Bahamas Golf Federation (Northern Region) in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA) and the Bahamian Brewery.
Gouthro said,“We believe that with the addition of the new cup and the interest that the Grand Bahama Open has had over the years, and the support that we’ve got from The Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, that this will be one of the best events that we’ve had.”
A flighted tournament which caters to adolescents, professionals, seniors, and golf legends, the Grand Bahama Open pays tribute specifically to players who made their mark in golf throughout The Bahamas over the years. Tee off will take place at 9:00 a.m. on April 6th and 7th at the Reef Golf Course.