RBC Royal Bank has been named title sponsor of the Caribbean’s premier golfing event, the 55th Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships.
Trinidad and Tobago will host the best of the Caribbean’s amateur golfers when the tournament tees off 1-6 August at the Millennium Lakes Golf Club, Trincity. The Championships are being conducted with the approval of the Ministry of Sport.
2011 marks the twelfth occasion that Trinidad and Tobago will host the championships and the first time that the Millennium club, with its par 71 layout, will be serving as host course. In sharing plans for the event, President of the Trinidad and Tobago Golf Association Robert Costelloe was effusive in his praise for the main sponsors.
“We are quite pleased that RBC Royal Bank, one of the largest financial institutions in the region, has agreed to assume the role of title sponsor,” Costelloe said. “They have brought significant resources to the successful management and hosting of the event.”
CEO of Caribbean Banking at RBC Suresh Sookoo states the bank was happy to be involved.
“RBC proudly supports golf around the world through high profile relationships with the PGA Tour, the PGA of America and Golf Canada,” Sookoo said. “In the Caribbean, where golf is a growing sport, RBC considers this sponsorship an important element of our brand and business objectives and an opportunity to be at the forefront of broadening the appeal of the sport.”
The Caribbean Amateurs showcase the individual skills of players on the national teams around the region. All are striving for trophies in six categories: Men’s Open (Hoerman Cup), Men Over 50 (Francis and Steele-Perkins Trophy), Men Over 60 (Higgs and Higgs Trophy), Men Over 35 (Ramon Baez Trophy), Ladies’ Open (George Teale Trophy) and overall team championship (Arthur Zaide Trophy).
At the 54th Caribbean Amateurs in Barbados, Trinidad reigned supreme. The Soca Warriors nabbed the Higgs and Higgs and Francis Steele-Perkins trophies and were runners-up for the George Teale and Arthur Zaide trophies. Challenging the hosts will be teams from the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico and Turks and Caicos.
To no surprise, Costelloe states Trinidad are the team to beat.
“This year we will be represented by one of our strongest teams in recent years, boasting an admirable combination of youth and experience. Along with the home course advantage, the prospects of victory look really good.”