Allegheny Country Club from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania captured the championship in the fourth annual Jamaica Invitational Pro-Am “Annie’s Revenge” presented by NIKE GOLF. The event was played recently on two of Jamaica’s best golf courses Cinnamon Hill and White Witch in Montego Bay.
With thirty-eight teams from the United States, Canada and Europe vying for top honors, the Allegheny Country Club featuring brothers Arne, Derek and Steve Thomas as amateurs and the club’s head golf professional John Aber captured the Championship with a 54-hole cumulative score of 238. North Folk Country Club #3 from Long Island, New York with amateurs Scott Osler, James Wilsberg, Scott Bugdin and assistant golf professional Brian Fallon were runners-up four strokes behind at 242.
Defending champions Medinah Country Club from Chicago, Illinois comprising amateurs Greg Moore, Pete Line, Joel Zucker and head golf professional Mike Scully took home top honors in Flight B of the Championship Round; while Wyoming’s Lander Golf Club and the team of Korby Bracken, Ron Hansen, Darin Hubble and head golf professional Mike Johnson claimed the runner-up spot.
In the Challenge Round, where final round scores were based on a two-best ball 18-hole shootout for teams not making the 36-hole cut, Carlisle Country Club from Pennsylvania with amateurs Bruce Ruth, Richard Williams, Richard Jordan and assistant golf professional Jeff Breiner edged out cross-state rival Commonwealth Golf Club by one stroke to walk away with top honors in Flight C. The Commonwealth was led by head golf professional Patrick Shine with amateurs David Louden, Jan Huntwelker and Vo Tomulich.
Rounding out the winners at the three round tournament were Golf Club of Miami #3 where amateurs Michael Evans, Eric Vainio, Bubba Ryde and head golf professional Herbert Smith emerged winners in Flight D. The Flanders Valley Golf Club team from New Jersey with amateurs James Rapp, Steve Westfall, Joyce Westfall, and PGA Teaching Professional James Chung were runners-up five strokes behind the South Florida team.
PGA Club & Teaching Professionals competed for a $10,000 cash prize, while amateurs vied for a wide array of prizes donated by sponsors Nike Golf, American Airlines, Ritz Carlton Golf Resort & Spa, Air Jamaica and The Shoppes at Rose Hall. Flight winners received a commemorative plaque, handcrafted in Jamaica as well as a golf bag and Nike Golf.com gift card from the event’s presenting sponsor. Runner-Up teams also received plaques and a Nike Sports watch.
The Jamaica Invitational Pro-Am, presented by NIKE GOLF is managed by The Golf Connection LLC with the support of the Jamaica Tourist Board and host hotel, The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall, Jamaica’s only AAA Five Diamond Resort.