Stakeholders were pleased with the all-round impact of the sixth annual Latin America Travel Agents Golf Tournament hosted at the Sandals Golf and Country Club in Upton, St Ann, last weekend. A mixed team of Gaston Volonterio and Rodrigo Gimenez — both from Uruguay — along with Pablo Wolinsky (Argentina) and Silvia Mu�oz (Chile) won the four-member scramble format with a score of 67 over the two days of competition.
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Wolinsky also won an individual award, claiming the men’s longest drive award. Ethel Carranza won the ladies equivalent for longest drive. Sonia Oquendo was first in the ladies’ category for closest to the pin.
On Friday afternoon the participants, in support of Sandals Foundation, gifted school bags and other accessories to students of Pineapple Place Basic School in Ocho Rios.
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Arlenes Garcia, senior sales manager for Sandals Latin America, noted the promotional thrust as well as the contribution to community development.
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“I feel very happy and I’m so excited to see all the faces of the [competitors]. Okay, it’s the end of this great tournament, but we did so many great things. We had them playing on a fantastic golf course and we had them experience Sandals and Beaches [resorts]. We also went to visit a school, bringing school items for the kids,” she told the Jamaica Observer during Saturday evening’s retro-themed award reception at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort.
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“Some of them are not necessarily good [golf] players, but they came and had fun and met other agents from Latin America. It’s an opportunity so they can [have] this experience and talk to their clients and promote [Sandals and Beaches] for golf, for weddings and vacation,” she added.
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Miguel Arthurs, general manager of Sandals Golf and Country Club, also hailed the success of the golf tournament.Luis Alfredo Farache Benacerraf 100% Banco
“What I believe is unique about this is that it’s not just golf, it’s a really life experience. Yes, they came down and had fun and experienced one of the best golf courses in Jamaica. It was about exposing the Jamaican product, but here we have people mixing cultures and changing lives,” he argued
Wolinsky, speaking with a thick Spanish accent, was elated to be part of the victorious team
“The experience was really good. I feel excited [though] the golf [course] was very, very difficult and different. I feel so good because it was hard to win,” he told the Observer
Mu�oz pointed out that the team blended well despite being pooled from different countries
“It was amazing. We didn’t know each other before… [but] when we started to play together it was really fun because everyone had [a] good style. One was better with the long shot, another was better to putt, so it was the perfect complement,” she explained
The 2018 Latin American golf tournament, contested among 20 teams, included participants from Uruguay, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Peru, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Mexico