The Bermuda Goodwill Golf Tournament, the islands’ longest-running golf event, celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2012. This year, tournament organisers hope to return the venerated competition to glory as one of Bermuda’s premier sporting attractions. The pro-am tournament is a four-day, 72-hole stroke play competition with teams composed of one club professional and three amateur players. In 2009, a ladies’ division was also introduced. One of the longest-running pro-ams in history, the Goodwill takes place on some of Bermuda’s best courses, including the Mid Ocean Club and the Port Royal Golf Course, home of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf championship. Past tourneys have brought teams from Bermuda, the United States, Canada and Europe. The tournament is owned and managed by To a Tee, which specialises in golf event management on the islands. “We are very excited that the Bermuda Goodwill remains an integral part of the Bermuda golf calendar, and its 60th anniversary is a significant milestone,” says Rebecca Madeiros, tournament director. “We have had teams coming to the Goodwill for 20, 30 and even more than 50 years. Welcoming many of them back to celebrate the diamond jubilee of the tournament will make the event a truly momentous and historic occasion.” To a Tee is ramping up its efforts to promote this year’s event. They have challenged all the club teams who played in 2011 to bring one additional team with them this year and are inviting many new clubs to the tournament. As a further incentive, they are offering a rebate for any club that brings a second or subsequent team. This year’s tournament will also introduce the Bermuda Goodwill Trail, with special promotions and discounts offered by participating retail stores, restaurants and bars to all tournament participants and their spouses or partners. “The Bermuda Goodwill is a special event that brings people from all walks of life together for some great golf and memorable ‘goodwill,’” says Madeiros. This year, it promises to be something special.
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