AAGHOF could have definite presence at GB Invitational

MALACHI KNOWLES

The Edward St. George Memorial Invitational Golf Tournament might likely have an added “international” dimension for the 2018 version.

The event, endorsed by the Bahamas Golf Federation and organized by the Grand Bahama Sports Promotion Association is in its third year and has become one of the signature sports/social events in Grand Bahama. In the past, the tournament attracted golfers from throughout the country.

This time though, there is the prospect of members of the African American Golfers Hall of Fame (AAGHOF) organization travelling into Freeport for the sports classic. Earlier this year there was networking done at the AAGHOF week of activities in West Palm Beach Florida.

Flyers of the St. George event were distributed and an encouraging level of interest resulted. Subsequently, Malachi Knowles, the AAGHOF Founder communicated for further details of the memorial tourney in Grand Bahama.

“We had a previous connection with golf in Grand Bahama through our friends, David Johnson and others who were prominent at the time with the Ministry of Tourism. We enjoyed what we had and there is no reason why we can’t renew that relationship,” said Knowles.

The AAGHOF was established by the Inner City Youth Golfers Incorporated. The joint body has a development/historical brand that focuses on youth development in golf and also paying tribute to those who have contributed, through the years, meaningfully to the advancement of the sport. Each year along with the AAGHOF, upcoming members of the African American Collegiate Youth chapter are also saluted.

Of course, there are ongoing inner city development programs. Presently a development complex is in the works. Youth development would form a substantive part of a new partnership.

The Third Annual Edward St. George Memorial Invitational is scheduled for November 10, at the Lucayan Reef Golf Course in Lucaya, Freeport, Grand Bahama. The event takes the format of a four-man team/two best net scores per hole of the four players counting for the 18-hole total. Amateurs and professional players with certified handicaps approved by the GBSPA Rules Committee, headed by Tournament Director Ambrose Gouthro, are able to register. The memorial tournament is one of the primary items on the GBSPA annual agenda. A key objective of the GBSPA is to project events in Grand Bahama in order to foster a higher profile for the island’s sporting landscape. The tournament activities take place over two days. This year, an all-day practice round, and a pairings party later that evening are scheduled for Friday November 9.

On the next day, there is the shotgun-start tournament, then the after-tournament party and awards presentation. Visiting teams are to depart the island on Sunday, November 11. Interested team members, corporate groups and clubs are to contact Ambrose Gouthro (mgouthro@gmail.com or 1-243-359-4205) to register.

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