The BMW Jamaica Classic will tee off today at the Cinnamon Hill Golf Course in Montego Bay, and runs through to Sunday.
This afterwards a qualifier accident which started on Monday, as able-bodied as yesterday’s Pro-Am tournament. It makes Jamaica the 17th country and the aboriginal English-speaking Caribbean nation to host an official PGA TOUR of the Latinoamérica event.
The BMw Jamaica Classic, which was launched aftermost ages at ATL Autobahn on Orchard Road in Kingston, is hosted by SportsMax and the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and sponsored by the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), BMW, Heineken, and Cinnamon Hill.
It appearance a acreage of 144 players from over 20 countries, and is the final accident of the aboriginal bisected of the agenda of the PGA TOUR, and will accommodate PGA TOUR Latinoamérica associates one aftermost adventitious to acquire Order of Merit credibility afore the mid-season reshuffle.
Oliver McIntosh, admiral and arch controlling administrator at SportsMax, said the BMW Jamaica Classic will alone advice to advance the action of golf in the country.
“This is to us the best agitative accident to appear in Jamaica for the aftermost 20 years back we hosted the Johnnie Walker Championship. Firstly, I would like to acknowledge our ally for acknowledging this event. They accept apparent the eyes to re-establish Jamaica on the golf stage… accepting this clash is our aboriginal footfall in architecture Jamaica as a centre to allure golfers to the country,” McIntosh said.
And Director of Tourism Paul Pennicook said the accident will advice position Jamaica as the centre of allure for golf in the Caribbean.
“For the JTB, hosting the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica tournament, the BMW Jamaica Classic is a acceptable befalling to amplify our all-embracing advance strategies for the Latin American region, as able-bodied as position Jamaica as a appalling golfing destination in the Caribbean,” he noted.
Matthew Cripps, accumulation accepted administrator for ATL Automotive Limited, gave his company’s charge to the BMW Jamaica Classic.
“BMW has been a big apostle of golf common such as in the United Kingdom as able-bodied as the Wentworth tournament. As a amount of fact, BMW has afresh opened up a sports pro-workshop at Wentworth for golfers and so there is no acumen why we can’t do that in Jamaica with our golf courses here. And so we are attractive advanced to the golf clash in Jamaica,” he said.
President of the Jamaica Golf Association (JGA) Peter Chin accustomed the event.
“The JGA is acutely aflame about this accident and we would like to congratulate SportsMax for actuality active in bringing this accident to Jamaica… [also] the banking advice from JTB and BMW for the support. This clash will advice advance our youngsters as well,” he said.
Three Jamaicans — Sebert Walker Jnr, Fabian Campbell and Orville Christie — had already able for the Classic.
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