Third Annual Culinary and Golf Extravaganza Celebrates another Successful Year Raising over $40,000 for the Lorena Ochoa Foundation and Welcoming over 400 guests to This Year’s Event
Located within Mexico’s most exclusive beach community along the shores of Riviera Nayarit, The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort and Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita in conjunction with DINE, the developer of Punta Mita, and the Riviera Nayarit Visitors and Convention Bureau, announced today the winners of the third annual Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic. As a part of the four-day extravaganza held April 11-14, guests played in The Punta Mita Cup, a two-day golf tournament with 180 participants that took place on Jack Nicklaus’ two signature courses, Bahia and Pacifico. The Punta Mita Cup attracted over 200 spectator guests and raised over $40,000 for acclaimed Mexican ex-golfer Lorena Ochoa’s Golf Foundation, which provides opportunities for children and adults with family based health, fitness, education and inclusion programs delivered through family golf activities. Sponsors of this year’s event included renowned brands such as Jaguar Land Rover Mexico and Aeromexico as the official airline along with TaylorMade, A Head, Veuve Clicquot, Don Julio 70, Moët & Chandon, Tommy Hilfiger, among others.
“We are thrilled to announce the continued success of the much anticipated third annual Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic, which drew the largest crowd to date this year.” said Carl Emberson, general manager of The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort and creator of the event. “This unprecedented extravaganza of culinary talent along with phenomenal wine, rare tequila and sensational golf, all taking place in one of the most alluring settings in the world, has become a proud tradition that we are honored to host for years to come.”
“Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic was once again an incredible success among all participants, every attendee enjoyed the event at its best” said Jose Adames, Resort manager at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita. “It was indeed a pleasure to host such amazing guests’ chefs developing delightful set menus, paired with selected wines and the best tequila, plus the amazing two-day Punta Mita cup at the Golf Club. No wonder we all look forward to this event every year.”
Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic is pleased to reveal the much-anticipated winners of this year’s The Punta Mita Cup: first place winners in the mixed team category were Grant and Lynne Sperry with second place awarded to Jay and Melinda Humphrey and Wayne and Lisa Prejean took third place. In the women’s team category were Holly Nichols and Lynda Gibbons with second place awarded to Sandy Howe and Darinka Velazquez and Martina O’Flanagan and Sabine Emberson took third place. In the men’s team category, first place went to Randy Nichols and Paul Flehmer, second place winners were David Heimbecker and Fernando Ortiz, and Richard Grabham and Mike Davit took third place. The “straightest drive” was awarded to Gayle Farquharson and Arturo Hernandez (Bahia Course) and Courtney Bowlen and Bruce Shepherd (Pacifico Course). Taking the title of “closest to the pin” were Richard Grabham and Nancy Burleson (Bahia Course) and Lloyd Davis and Martina O’Flanagan (Pacifico Course). Winners of the golf tournament also enjoyed other exciting prizes including collector’s items such as limited edition tequila and hotel stays, among other surprises. This year’s golf event was double the size of last year and saw a total of 180 golfers and over 400 participants and sponsors in both the Gourmet and Golf. This was the first time that we closed both Pacifico and Bahia courses to accommodate the increased attendance.
Guests of the Gourmet & Golf Classic were welcomed to the four-day sensory immersion with the Aeromexico Opening Cocktail Celebration hosted at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita with a beautiful set up at the beach, including a tridimensional dance floor by Rocco Troyani designs, where the party continued till past midnight! .
The event was led by the executive chefs of both Resorts, Sylvain Desbois at The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort with its AAA Five Diamond Carolina restaurant, and Philippe Piel, at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, along with guest Chefs Richard Sandoval, Kaz Okochi, Alejandro Ruiz, Drew Deckman, Michael Mina, Daniel Ovadia, Lula Martin del Campo, Maycoll Calderon, Fernando Trocca and Guillermo González Beristain who delighted guests’ palettes with their culinary creations while famed sommeliers, Mezcal and tequila masters and winemakers further excited guests’ taste buds with pours of some Mexico’s and Worlds finest wines and tequila. Two of the most remarkable events were the Mexican food & wine , hosted by famed chef and restaurateur Chef Lula Martin del Campo and the baja style menu, with local fresh and organic ingredients, offered by Michelin Star winner Chef Drew Deckman. Other highlights of this year’s celebration included the kick-off event hosted by the legendary former number one female ex-golfer in the world, Mexico’s own Lorena Ochoa, who shared her secrets with guests; The Don Julio Bar, where master distiller Enrique de Colsa conducted one-on-one tastings of a special 70-year-old Don Julio tequila; various Grand Tastings with more than 150 different wine labels from around the globe; and the Travel & Leisure Gala Dinner at the St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, which entertained 350 enthusiastic guests on the beach.
And to put the spotlight on this event, we had the honor to welcome Michael Corbett, who is the Home and Lifestyle Host for the #1 rated Warner Bros/Telepictures nationally newsmagazine EXTRA on NBC, providing international TV coverage for the very first time in the history of this great event! The feature will be at the EXTRA’s signature franchise: Mansions and Millionaires, a unique series of programs that takes viewers on tours of extraordinary mansions, yachts, jets and luxurious shopping venues of the rich and famous around the world. With the continued success of the Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic, The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, along with Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, Punta Mita Resorts and the Riviera Nayarit Visitors and Convention Bureau, are already planning for the fourth annual event, which will take place April 3-6, 2014.
Ideally located in the exclusive enclave of Punta Mita at the Riviera Nayarit, just north of Puerto Vallarta, The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort offers guests modern sophistication, unparalleled luxury and bespoke service at one the best addresses in the world. Designed by Roy Azar of Roy Azar Architects, the hotel/resort features 120 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites, St. Regis’ legendary Butler Service, a signature Remède Spa, 12,000 square feet of meeting and event space, and state-of-the-art fitness facilities.
A secret landscape of astonishing beauty inspires Mexico’s most exclusive escape: Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita. Where you can play golf alongside the waves, unwind in the luxurious Apuane spa to savor the natural rhythms of rejuvenation, and enjoy the full range of activities offered for both children and adults. Between lushed mountains and the endless Pacific, on an undiscovered crescent of pristine beach, Four Seasons invites you to a private haven of pure indulgence.
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