DUO TO REPRESENT ANTIGUA AT INTERNATIONAL PAIRS WORLD FINALS IN SCOTLAND Monday 10th September 2012
Sir Vivian Richards receives his trophy from Curtis MacKay, Telecoms Manager of APUA, whilst his partner Errol Samuel looks on.
It was two days of intense and very competitive golf and 30 minutes of checking and rechecking scores before avid golfer, Sir Vivian Richards, brand ambassador for APUA and veteran player, Errol Samuel emerged as the winning Antigua and Barbuda pair at the inet International Pairs Caribbean Tournament, held at the Cedar Valley Golf Course on September 7, and 8.
At the end of the two rounds three pairs Richards/Samuel, Massiah/Frederick and Norford Raffoul had amassed 81 points and it took a count back of their scores over the back nine to find the pair with the most points and although Richards/Samuel were victorious, it took another count back to hole six to before Caribbean International Pairs champions Adrian Norford of St. Kitts and Nevis and Max Raffoul of Dominica emerged as the over-all champions.
The players received their prizes at an awards cocktail held at the Ciboney Lounge, Halcyon Cove Hotel and Inet, the title sponsor for the past four years are ecstatic about this year’s result: “we are very happy and proud to be the title sponsor of this wonderful event and we wish all the winners’ great success in Scotland,” states Curtis McKay, Telecommunications Manager, APUA.
Both winning pairs will be going to Scotland to represent Antigua and Barbuda and the wider Caribbean and this according to Zorol Barthley, CEO of Golf Experience Caribbean, and the organisers of the Inet International Pairs Caribbean Tournament will be a first: “The level of competition was fabulous, all of the golfers strived to have the honour of representing their country and region. And I want to say hearty congratulations to Sir Viv and Errol Samuel, both of whom are amazing ambassadors of the game. I also want to congratulate the Caribbean pair of Adrian Norford of St. Kitts and Nevis and Max Raffoul of Dominica for showing us that integration in sports only makes us stronger.”
Raffoul is hoping that his victory will inspire players in the nature isle: “It is an absolute honour to win despite there being no golf course in my home land and I am hoping that one day all my hard work across the region will result in a golf course of our own in Dominica.”
His playing partner Norford thanked God for this achievement and he found the whole experience to be wonderful. He suggests that it will further enhance golf in St. Kitts, as the country establishes itself as a major golfing destination in the Caribbean.
His sentiments are shared by the Trinidad and Tobago players organised by Richard Lara: “I want to thank you for an excellent week, it was a fantastic tournament and we applaud Zorol and his team.”
Lara went on to add that the players were more than impressed with the course: “In speaking to the Trinidad and Tobago players, many of whom have travelled throughout the region playing golf, we have found that without exception, the golf course (Cedar Valley) is one of the best in the Caribbean – the layout, the views and if, you add the greens of Sandy Lanes or Great Westmoreland it will be the best course in the Caribbean. And I want to encourage the Government to invest in this golf course as it is a gem in the Caribbean.”
The Trinidad and Tobago players stated that they will be back to participate in the 2013 event, slated for September 06 and 07.
Richards/Samuel and Norford/Raffoul each received trophies donated by Golf Experience Caribbean, INET tablets, a bottle each of Johnnie Walker Gold Label and Guess watches from Colombian Emeralds International.
The second place winners Antigua and Barbuda pair Dion Massiah and Stan Frederick (81 points on count back) and Caribbean Pair Clint Alfred and Neal Edmund of Trinidad and Tobago (76 points) each received trophies donated by Golf Experience Caribbean, one bottle each of Johnnie Walker Green Label and a goody bag from Colombian Emeralds International.
Full list of winners and prizes Days one and two:
- Rockstar Extreme Drive (hole 1) Andy Hall and Dion Massiah
- Rockstar Longest Drive Trophy (hole18): Sir Vivian Richards and Max Raffoul
- Pepsi Closest to the Pin (CTP) – Day Two (hole 2): Marcus Franker
- Johnnie Walker CTP (hole 8): Vincent James and Shelley Morgan
- Banks CTP (hole 13): Sham Bassant and Johnny Tved
- Cool and Smooth CTP (hole 15): Omarry James and Dougie O’Brien
- Best Dressed Pair – Flo’s Perfumery: Johnny Tved and Tom Hellier and Zorol Barthley and Tedson Weatherill
- Townhouse Megastore Wooden Spoon prize for team with least points: Alvin James and Shelley Morgan (55 points on count back)
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