We had a great Gourmet and Golf week here in Punta Mita. This year’s American Express Gourmet and Golf Classic Event was made extra special by the participation of Rich Beem, the former PGA Champion and PGA tour player. Mexico’s greatest player of all time Lorena Ochoa once again supported the event and gave a wonderful clinic to kick of the 2014 event. She treated a crowd of 100 people to a clinic on the driving range on Thursday night with Rich Beem at her side. She also attended the cocktail opening party at The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort in the evening. The opening event was presented by Aeromexico and Delta Airlines at the Sea Breeze Beach Club.
The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort graciously transformed into a lavish celebration of Food, Wine & Tequila to kick off the American Express IV Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic.
The following morning she greeted players on the driving range took photos and gave autographs to anyone who asked. Following play she hosted a lunch at The St. Regis and unselfishly offered her time to the participants. A delightful person and a great friend of Punta Mita. We were lucky to have her participate and also happily helped raise funds for the Lorena Ochoa Foundation in support of 365 children that she has provided an education opportunity for.
This year’s golf event grew in size again. A total of 180 golfers, over 420 participants and sponsors in both the Golf and Gourmet. This two day golf event requires the golf courses to be closed.
Players went off each day in a double shotgun start at 8:30 on Pacifico and 8:45 on Bahia. The tournament consisted of 2 formats Best Ball and Scramble. The Best Ball event was played on the Pacifico course and the Scramble event was played on the Bahia Course. Participants enjoyed several food and beverage stations throughout the course on both days as well as lunch and dinner events at both hotels following golf. Although, players may have suffered the odd bad shot both thirst and hunger were not an issues over the weekend!
There were a total of three divisions that players competed in: Men’s, Ladies and Mixed. There were also competitions for Closest to the Pin as well as Long Drive that were measured over the two day period for both Men´s and Ladies divisions on Bahia and Pacifico.
At the end of the day we did have a list of winners but all those who competed were eligible for amazing draw prizes which included sets of irons, drivers, wedges, putters and golf balls from Taylor Made, Champagne from Verve Cliquoe, Tequila and Whisky as well as cosmetics and designer purses and accessories.
The following is a list of the winner’s from the competition:
“Closest to the Pin” and “Long Drive”
Long Drive Men: Eduardo Gama
Long Drive Ladies: Sandra Shand
Closest to the pin women: Sandra Shand
Closest to the pin men: Mark Blanche
1st Place Mixed: D. Finnigan/S. Finnigan 131
2nd Place Mixed: Seidel, R/Seidel C 131
3rd Place Mixed: Larry Belitsky/Frank Percival 131
1st Place Women’s: Lynda Gibbons/Holly Nichols 139
2nd Place Women’s: Martina O’Flanagan/Sabine Emberson 139
3rd Place Women’s: D. Beard / V. Bowlen 144
1st Place Men’s: Juan Carlos Rosales/David Rosales 122
2nd Place Men´s: Hans Beckoff/Fernando Salgado 125
3rd Place Men´s: Larry Belitsky/Frank Percival 127
The “Caras Sports” Closing Dinner of the American Express IV Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic was a night full of elegance and fine food! Every guest was greeted by Signature Cocktails of Tequila Patron, the six celebrity invited Chefs, wine and beer makers and the Four Seasons culinary team on interactive live stations.
The 2014 Closing Dinner honored acclaimed Mexican ex-golfer Lorena Ochoa’s Golf Foundation with a Live Auction to raise funds for her Kid’s Foundation and raised over $63,000USD.
“We are pleased with the success of the Punta Mita Gourmet and Golf Classic and we are very proud to have the opportunity to present year by year to our visitors and guests Punta Mita’s collection of treasures including its stunning natural beauty, its array of large luxury residences, acclaimed two Jack Nicklaus golf courses and two world class resorts,” said Andres Rossetto, managing director of Punta Mita Development.
A huge thanks to all our rock star Chefs, sponsors, volunteers and special guests for making this American Express Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic the best yet!
If you are interested in participating in the next event, you can learn more about the American Express Punta Mita Gourmet and Golf Classic at puntamitagourmetgolf.com We hope to see you all next year! Save The Date: April 16th-19th, 2014