2022 Caribbean Amateur Open

The 26th Annual Caribbean Golf Classic hosted by the Caribbean Golf Association at Casa de Campo Resort in La Romana, Dominican Republic had a total of 237 Golfers participating. The team from Turks & Caicos had 41 Golfers entered with 35 players in the Men’s Divisions and 6 players in the Ladies Divisions. A total contingent of 56 people from Turks & Caicos attended to enjoy the experience. We want to congratulate Ernest Gardiner who has played in the event for the 26th time having never missed participating in a Caribbean Classic since its inception.

 

The Format was Stableford Competition over 3 rounds (1 Round on each course – Teeth of the Dog which is rated # 32 best golf course in the world, Dye 4 Course and The Links Course). In the individual results Team TCI had 2 players win trophies with Jarrett Forbes finishing in 2nd place in the Men’s 6th Flight (tied for 1st but placed 2nd via tiebreaker) and Emer O’Sullivan in 2nd place in the Ladies 3rd Flight.

 

The Team Event saw the Turks & Caicos finish 3rd Place overall behind Team’s from Puerto Rico & the U.S.A. In the Men’s Event the TCI finished in 4th place and 5th place in the Ladies Event. Another great result as a country in an International Competition particularly when you consider our size.

 

The 27th Annual Caribbean Classic will take place in the spring of 2023 and details will be available shortly for this social competition. Hopefully Team TCI will keep the momentum intact with a larger showing and continued great results in 2023!

 

2022 Golf & Fishing Tournament

2022 11th Annual Wine Cellar Golf & Fishing Tournament

The 11th Annual Wine Cellar Golf & Fishing Tournament (WCGFT) took place March 10th through the 13th resulting in an enormous success!

Thursday kicked the tournament off with the Calcutta at Simone’s Bar & Grill where captains entered a friendly bidding war for rights of their respective vessels. Over the next two mornings fifteen boats set out from Leeward Cut in a mad dash to their favourite fishing spots. It was rough going both fishing days, but the excitement remained the same with the eventual fish auction offering the opportunity to purchase fresh Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Wahoo at phenomenal prices. #19 Restaurant and Bar also got in on the act, purchasing a Wahoo for the restaurant.

The presentation ceremony followed, and the night featured the DJ playing all the favorites resulting in dancing, and tall fish tales about the “one that got away.”

Sunday afternoon’s Golf Tournament at Royal Turks & Caicos Golf Club was the highlight for all golf enthusiasts as an exciting round of 18-holes was framed with a perfect day of weather. The presentation ceremony followed with the top players awarded prizes ranging from trophies and golf bags to fine champagne or gift certificates. The traditional raffle draw took place with three amazing prizes up for grabs. A Breitling Endurance Pro watch (Jai’s), Dinner for 4 under the stars with complimentary wine (Bay Bistro), and Dinner for 4 Show/Buffet/Disco (Club Med).

Special recognition and thank you to Hon. Josephine Connelly who demonstrated her support at every event as well as a special thank you to the DECR for their assistance and significant reduction affecting tournament fees. Thanks to our host sponsors, namely Casablanca Casino, Cairsea Services Ltd., TCI Lotto, Carlisle Supply, Caicos Oil, ODMC, TCI Paint, NW Hamilton, Turtle Cove Marina & Royal Turks & Caicos Golf Club as well as to each additional sponsor whose unwavering generosity make the event successful each year. Prior to this year the WCGFT has donated $341,000 to various TCI youth-oriented charities with this year’s proceeds going to the Edward Gartland Youth Centre and Caribbean Tournament of Champions Basketball Tournament. Great job to all!

Golf Competition Winners

1st Net 132.80
Kirk Stewart, Tim Mack, Andrea Todd, Christina Pretorius

2nd Net 135.96
Keith Burant, Rico Rolle, Fraser Dods, Graham Canham

3rd Net 136.50
Dale Hodgkins, Gareth Butler, Pierre Magnier, Roberto Stipa

Low Pairs Champions: Kirk Stewart & Tim Mack 68 – Gross

ANOTHER AWARD

Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Club received top honours from 2022 USAToday’s 10 Best, recognized as the 3rd best in the Caribbean.

“It’s a great honour to receive an award from the globally recognized Top10 for the 4th consecutive year. The award serves as testament to hard-work, passion and creativity and of our continuous pursuit of outstanding quality and service. It continues to provide encouragement to our team to constantly strive to provide “an exceptional Caribbean Golf Experience.” Dave Douglas, Director of Golf.

10Best is a unique award since no business pays to be listed and independent readers help pick the 10best in any category. Travel experts select the top 20 nominees in the contest, and it is up to readers to make the final decision by casting their vote.

This was the fourth nomination for Royal Turks and Caicos (previously known as Provo Golf Club). 2018 (5th position), 2019 (4th position), 2020 (4th position). Competition was tough with the best of the best competing for votes.

The top 10 winners are as follows:-
1. Punta Espada Golf Course
2. Teeth of the Dog at Casa de Campo
3. Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Club
4. Corales Golf Course, Puntacana Resort & Club
5. Old Quarry Golf Course
6. Cedar Valley Golf Course
7. Tierra del Sol Course
8. Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Course
9. Cinnamon Hill at Rose Hall
10. CuisinArt Golf Club Course

The Turks and Caicos are very fortunate to have the almost perfect all-year-round climate in which golfers can play. Located on Providenciales, the gateway to The Turks & Caicos Islands, the 18-hole championship golf course of Royal Turks & Caicos is in tremendous condition having recently been re-turfed throughout with Platinum Paspalum grass. World class facilities include flood-lit tennis courts, great shopping in the fully stocked pro shop, and #19 Restaurant and Bar.

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2021 Provo Ryder Cup

This years’ Provo Ryder cup was won by North America who pulled out all the stops to edge-out the International Team by the narrowest of margins of 18.5 to 17.5, gaining back the elusive cup.
Good fun for all. Thank you to all the Captains & Players. Next year’s event is only 364 sleeps away!

Provo Golf Club’s Champion Accepts Scholarship.

Provo Golf Club’s Ladies Champion, Brooke Rivers, has now accepted a golf scholarship to Wake Forest University, North Carolina.

The prestigious Women’s Golf Program at Wake Forest has an excellent eye for talent, with Brooke joining their team in August of 2023. Brooke will soon be a Wake Forest Deacon Demon! Brooke recently toured the school with all their first-class facilities and is delighted to accept their generous offer. Wake Forest was recently ranked #2 in Golf Week’s Pre-Season Ranking. Congratulations Brooke!

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