Addressed exclusively to distinguished executives of the Greek maritime community, the tournament was held during September 8-11 under the organization of Birdie Events, through an initiative of Greek PGA golfer Thanos Karantzias.
The first golf tournament at ‘The Hills Course’
The excellent weather, the maritime teams and the two new signature 18-hole courses at Costa Navarino, composed the impressive scenery for the eighth tournament, which was also the first to be held on the new The Hills Course.
The event’s new competition format found participants competing in a two-day shotgun scramble, with the first round taking place on Friday, September 9, at The Hills Course and the second on Saturday, September 10, at the International Olympic Academy Golf Course.
The golfers competed in an idyllic landscape full of centuries-old olive trees with stunning views of the Ionian Sea, the historic Bay of Navarino and the picturesque port of Pylos. Accordingly, non-golfers attended a golf clinic on Saturday, September 10 at The Dunes Course.
“We managed for one more year to highlight the golf tourism of Messinia by organizing a tournament of high standards, in a beautiful destination, contributing to a good cause,” Greek PGA golfer Thanos Karantzias said.
The Greek Maritime Golf Event this year supported HOPEgenesis, a non-profit organization active in the field of medicine and social welfare that addresses the issue of low birth rates in Greece.
During the event, participants took part in raffles for lottery prizes and contributed a desired amount to support the cause of HOPEgenesis. According to the organizers, the total amount collected broke every record from any other maritime golf tournament ever held.
In the overall team standings, the team of Webster, Pappas, Nairn, Rogers came in first and was followed by the team of Robertson, Maniatis, Piperas, Harvey in second place. The team of Kulikov, Nekrasov, Vasilyev, Koleda came in third.
The 8th Greek Maritime Golf Event included two additional awards: the “Closest to the Pin” award given to Paul Harvey and the “Longest Drive” award given to Wooldridge Matthew.
The event was held under the auspices of the Greek Tourism Ministry and the Hellenic Golf Federation. Sports marketing agency ActiveMedia Group undertook the event’s golf production. Marine Tours, a Greek company offering travel services to the shipping and corporate industry, was among the event’s sponsors.