Saturday, March 24, 2012

The 7th Aegean Airlines Pro-Am! 30th May – 2nd June 2012 Aphrodite Hills, Cyprus

Announces the 7th Aegean Airlines Pro-Am!

30th May – 2nd June 2012

Aphrodite Hills, Cyprus

Aegean Airlines, creator and major sponsor, proudly invites you, for the seventh year in a row, to participate in the 7th Aegean Airlines Pro-Am, the exceptional golf tournament in Europe that enjoys six years of success and high recognition. The golf tournament is endorsed by the PGAs of Europe and is fully supported by the PGA of Greece, the Cyprus Golf Federation and the Hellenic Golf Federation.
Aegean Airlines dynamically contributes to the reinforcement of quality forms of tourism, through the said initiative, and at the same time to the evolution of a highly prestigious international athletic institution under the auspices of the most acknowledged golf professionals’ association in Europe.

The 7th Aegean Airlines Pro-Am will be taken this year at a venue outside of Greece and in particular in Cyprus at the exceptional venue of   Aphrodite Hills Resort and Golf  from May 30th to June 2nd, 2012.

The first-ever leisure and golf development of its kind in Cyprus, the Aphrodite Hills Resort, is home to a magnificent 18-hole championship standard golf course, which spreads over 6,299 metres. Overlooking the site where Aphrodite, the “Goddess of love”, is said to have emerged from the sea, the golf course also has a dedicated three-hole golfing academy and sumptuous clubhouse.

This award-winning golf course officially opened in 2002 and was designed by acclaimed architect, Cabell Robinson. Robinson believes Aphrodite Hills to be the perfect mix of challenging pot bunkers, manicured fairways of lush Bermuda grass and generous tiered greens.  Visually spectacular, the course expands through indigenous olive and carob trees and built on two plateaux separated by a dramatic ravine with outstanding views over the Mediterranean.

The Aegean Airlines Pro-Am during the previous years, between 2006 to 2011, was held at various distinguished venues and golf courses all around Greece, as in Hersonissos in Crete (2006-2008),  in Porto Carras in Halkidiki (2009), with the last two tournaments being hosted by “The Dunes Course” at Costa Navarino, in Messinia. Every year the tournament attracts players from all over the world (13 countries in 2006, 16 countries in 2007, 12 countries in 2008, 15 countries in 2009, 19 countries in 2010, 16 countries in 2011). Liam Bond from the United Kingdom, Henrik Engdahl and Fredrik Mansson from Sweden, Paul Nilbrink from Norway, Lee Rinker from USA and Nicolo Gaggero from Italy were ranked first in the professionals’ individuals’ category during the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Aegean Airlines Pro-Am respectively. The winning teams of the 1st and 2nd Aegean Airlines Pro-Am were the ones of the Keele Golf Centre of Staffordshire, U.K. (2006) and the Golf Club Afandou, Rhodes (2007), the Woodhill Country Club, South Africa (2008) for the 3rd Pro Am, the Natura Pura/ Axis Golf Club, Portugal (2009) for the 4th ProAm, the Glyfada Gold Club, Athens (2010) for the 5th and the team of Zeke Martinez of the Lamborghini Golf Club, Italy (2011) for the 6th Aegean Airlines Pro Am.
A total of 48 teams (1 Professional and 3 Amateurs) will compete over 36 holes stableford with the best two scores from the team of four to count on each hole. Each team will play 18 holes on Thursday 31st May and 18 holes on Friday 1st June 2012. Six Team Prizes (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th) will be awarded after the cumulating score of the day rounds and the 1st and 2nd team will be awarded over division (Gold, Silver and Bronze).

The professionals will also play a 54 hole strokeplay event, 36 holes with their amateur teams (31st May and 1stJune), and a further 18 holes on Saturday 2nd June. 

On the final day (2nd June) the amateurs will play their own 18 hole, individual stableford competition, the Aegean Airlines Cup 2012 . Competitors will play in 2 categories accordingly to their handicap and will be drawn in handicap order. 

The handicap limit is 28 for men and ladies with a 3/4 allowance in the pro-am and in the individual competition.
The deadline for registrations is 16thApril 2012. Participations will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

As every year, “Aegean Airlines Pro-Am” tournament will have its name linked to a public benefit purpose. To this end, the amount of 8,000€ will be donated to the “Christos Steliou Joannou Foundation”.  The foundation’s purpose is to approach people with mental handicap as individuals with needs, feelings, rights, abilities and interests, as well as responsibilities. A unique particularity of the Foundation is the effort to satisfy all the needs of each person with a mental handicap, with high standard of services, which never however cease to be human.

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