THE tourism sector is hitting up a lot of positives on the golf course, with tournaments geared towards some of the leading players in the travel industry.The latest instalment took place towards the back-end of last week, with the 21st renewal of the Baxter’s Golf Tournament, also referred to as the Canadian Travel Industry Golf Tournament, at Sandals Golf and Country Club in Upton District, St Ann.For Miguel Arthurs, the club’s general manager, the long-established endeavour is aptly described thus, “win-win”.”We get the opportunity to sell Jamaica, golf and the Sandals product,” he explains. “The travel industry professionals get to experience Jamaica, particularly as it relates to golf. When the travel pros come it enhances the tourism product, the tourism golf product and after the experience they can go back and offer it to other packages.”Kevin Percy, Jacques Gilbert, Bob Wakeford and Daniel Murray were the leading competitors in the two-day tournament, while Joe Grind DeMarinis, Enzo DeMarinis and Leo Sgovio headed the other contenders.Traditionally, there are added components to the championship, specialised segments that form part of its fundraising drive.”The tournament not just focused on the travel industry, there’s a charitable segment to it,” Arthurs outlined. “There is the Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive and Putting and Chipping contests and the competitors pay to enter these contests. The proceeds go to the Sandals Foundation.”The Ladies Closest to the Pin was won by Joanne Fillion, while Joe Grind DeMarinis took the men’s Closest to the Pin contest.Danny Murray won the men’s Longest Drive, while Sherry Scott took the women’s equivalent. Enzo de Marinis won the Putting and Chipping contest.”Those prose proceeds go directly into our junior golf program. It’s the only way to secure the program and continue the development of the youth,” Arthurs stated of the Sandals Golf and Country Club youth program.Wesley Brown, now a pro on the United States circuit and Romaine Evans, the current Caribbean amateur champion, were products of the system funded with proceeds from the yearly Travel Golf Tournaments.
0Shares0000“We tried to play with three attacking players and that worked in the first half because they couldn’t handle us.MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Nov 23 – Jose Mourinho refused to blame his Manchester United players for their surprising 1-0 away defeat at Basel on Wednesday night. Michael Lang’s late winner ended United’s 100 per cent record in the group stages, meaning United still need to get a point in their final group game against CSKA Moscow.Anthony Martial and Marcos Rojo hit the frame of the goal for United but Lang’s strike gave the Swiss side a deserved win.Mourinho was left confused by the permutations for the group, but they only need to avoid defeat against the Russians at Old Trafford in order to progress.A draw in Basel would have secured top spot, but United appeared to be caught in two minds about whether to stick and secure a point or twist in a bid to win.“We played against a team that played with five defenders,” Mourinho said. “We knew that.“We tried to play with three attacking players and that worked in the first half because they couldn’t handle us.“We didn’t score in the second half probably [because of] the fact that we know one point is enough.“Probably [when] at 75 minutes, 80 minutes we didn’t score, so it is not time to try to win, it is now time to try control and in the end we lost.“So it’s hard for me to be upset with the players. The first half the attitude was good, the football was good.“It is really difficult to blame. It’s just football.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)