ST. MAARTEN GOLF OPEN 27TH - 29TH OCTOBER, 2023
Mullet Bay Golf Course
Wilson Charles, from Antigua, turned out to be the best player in the two-day tournament played this past weekend with a winning
cumulative score of 157 low gross. The consistency with which Wilson played and his excellent second day performance under rainy and windy weather conditions resulted in his first place standing out of a field of 61 players and to deservedly win the 27th edition of the St. Maarten Open Golf Tournament.
The prize for Tournament Overall Low Net was won by Alexandre Bourdon of St. Martin with a total Low Net score of 127.
The Championship flight with 10 players, all with a handicap between 0-10, consisted of several players that were determined to chase the first day leaders on the second day of the tournament. Nonetheless, Antigua national Wilson Charles beat Charles Blake from St. Kitt’s by 2 strokes.
During the two-day 36 holes tournament at the Mullet Bay Golf Course, a total amount of 61 players from both St. Maarten
and St. Martin, joined by a large group of golfers from Anguilla, France, St.Kitts, St. Barth’s, Guadeloupe as well as from the USA, the Netherlands and England, got started with an opening reception for players and sponsors on Friday evening at the Sunset Beach Bar on
The tournament got underway on Saturday morning for the first round and after the second round on Sunday, an awards plus recognition party was held at La Tortuga.
In the Champions category, the prize of 1st Low Net was won by Christopher Gibbons from the USA with a score of 152, 2nd Low Net was won by Rodney Tackling from Anguilla.
In the category Men’s 1st flight for players with a handicap between 9 and 15, Kit Lee from St. Maarten came out on top with a score of 158 Low Gross, Andy Holmes took first Low Net with a score of 141.
In the Men’s 2nd Flight for players with a handicap between 16 and 36, first Low Gross was won by Alexandre Bourbon from St. Martin with a score of 171, first Low Net went to Steven Carty with a score of 140.
In a strong field of female players, the prize for Low Gross in the Ladies category went to Anne-Marie Bouille from St. Martin with a score of 182. Low Net was won by Nathalie Senechal from Anguilla with a score of 154.
Yannick Cazemajou from St. Martin shot 172 to win the Low Gross in the category Senior’s 1 st Flight for players over 50, while Ludovic Brun took 1st Low Net in this category with a score of 145.
In the Senior’s 2nd Flight for players with a handicap between 22 and 36, first Low Gross was won by Sam Bashir from St. Maarten with a score of 174 while 1st Low Net went to Hervé Thibaudeau from St. Martin with a score of 154.
This year again a large number of players participated in the category Super Seniors for golfers over 60. For this reason, the category was
split up between players with a handicap up to 21 and those with handicaps from 22 to 36. In the ‘Super Seniors 1st Flight’, Marc Grenouilleau from France won Low Gross with a score of 163 and Low Net was won by Tony Lake from St. Maarten with a score of 139.
The category ‘Super Seniors 2nd Flight’ was won by Lal Baharani from St. Maarten with a score of 188 Low Gross whilst John Richardson won Low Net in this category with a score of 135.
The St. Maarten Golf Association (SMGA) after an absence of 3 years, was able to organize this top ranked tournament thanks to the great partnership with Mullet Bay Resort & and Golf Course combined with the relentless efforts from the SMGA Board, its members, volunteers and the tremendous support it received from both the local and international business community. Proceeds from the event will benefit pre-selected community organizations supporting sports for the youth of St. Maarten.
The SMGA is a non-profit organization of avid golfers who promote the practice of the game of golf as well as community involvement. It organizes golf matches and tournaments for its members and non-members and donates proceeds that are made through membership fees and during events like the St. Maarten Open to multiple community organizations on the island.
Hospitality Tent - St. Maarten Open - Mullet Bay Golf Course
Winner of the St. Maarten Golf Open 2023 - Wilson Charles (in red) with
Keith Graham (President of the SMGA).