The 2015 St. Maarten Golf Open was held at Mullet Bay Golf course April 17th - April 19th. A total of 97 players took part in the tournament which was made up of participants from St. Maarten and St. Martin, Anguilla, Curacao, St. Kitts, Nevis, Guadeloupe as well as from Canada, USA, Holland and the UK.
Always popular and well attended, the event started with an opening reception for players and sponsors on Friday evening at Mélange International Grill at Port de Plaisance and ended with the award ceremony at Sky Beach on Sunday evening opened by the Honorable Prime Minister, Mr. Marcel Gumbs.
A record number of 20 players with handicaps 0-10 made up the championship flight including 2 very talented fourteen year olds;
Pierre Garcia from St. Martin and Jonathan Jean-Noel from Guadeloupe. Scott de long, Head golf-pro at Cuisinart, Anguilla won the tournament by 7 strokes ending with a total score of 145 Low Gross. Raymond Percival was second with 152 Low Gross. The prize for Tournament Overall Low Net was won by Steven Johnson from St. Maarten with a total Low Net score of 132. The prize of 1st Low net was won after a match of cards by Jesus Rivera from St. Maarten with a score of 141 Low Net, Pierre Garcia won 2nd Low Net with the same score.
In the category Men’s 1st flight for players with a handicap between 11 and 18, Kit Lee from St. Maarten came out on top with a score of 164 Low Gross, Jonathan Haillant took first Low Net with a score of 138. In the Men’s 2nd Flight for players with a handicap between 18 and 36, first Low Gross was won by Steven Johnson from St. Maarten with a score of 170, first Low Net went to Loic Springer from St. Martin with a score of 137.
In a strong field with 13 female players, the prize for Low Gross in the Ladies category went to Marie Gibbons from the USA with a score of 181. Low Net was won by Odile Mezière from St. Martin with a score of 146.
Philippe Thevenet from St. Martin shot 159 to win once again the Low Gross in the category Senior’s 1st Flight for players over 50 years old and with a handicap between 11 and 17, while Peter Parisi took 1st Low Net in this category with a score of 135. In the Senior’s 2nd Flight for players with a handicap between 18 and 36, first Low Gross was won by Glenford Gumbs from Anguilla with a score of 199, first Low Net went to Rourke Henderson from St. Maarten with a score of 147.
Once again, the Super Seniors category (golfers over 60) was well represented therefore this category was split into two flights; for players with a handicap up to 18 and a category with handicaps from 19 to 36. In the ‘Super Senior’s 1st Flight’, Richard St. Peter from the USA won Low Gross with a score of 161 and Low Net was won by David Ward with a score of 135. The category ‘Super Seniors 2nd Flight’ was won by Steven de Windt from St. Maarten with a score of 195 Low Gross, Bill Oliver won Low Net in this category with a 139.
The St. Maarten Golf Association SMGA was able to organize this highly ranked tournament thanks to the great partnership with Mullet Bay Resort & Golf Course, B&C Beverages and the St. Maarten Tourist Office, combined with the relentless efforts from its members, volunteers and the tremendous support it received from both the local and international business community. Proceeds from the event were donated to
"No Kidding with our Kids Foundation", "LAB Sports Academy", "Junior Golf Foundation of St. Maarten" and "Generation New Status STM Band".