At a press briefing on Wednesday morning, (8th June, 2011), officials from the local organizing committee and their sponsors, provided a comprehensive update on plans thus far, ahead of the competition that is attracting participants from countries such as Barbados, Antigua, St. Lucia, USA, St. Maarten, Anguilla, Guadeloupe, and other nations.
Vice President of the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club, Mr. Lee Bailey, said his organization has worked hard to overcome some of the challenges that have presented themselves, especially during the current economic setbacks, faced by potential sponsors and the country generally.
Bailey explained that one of their main priorities is to maintain consistency in the quality of organization and delivery of a tournament at the highest standards of professionalism, especially if they are to attract the top golfers from, not only the Caribbean, but further afield.
One of the essential assets in this endeavour, outlined, Bailey, is the golf course itself, but given the top shape in which the course now finds itself, he is not much worried, because the Frigate Bay Golf Course remains one of the most attractive in the Caribbean.
The vice president also pointed out that to successfully administer a competition of this caliber, his club has to ensure that it recruits the best volunteer service providers, who must be willing to invest in the work and time, to deliver the required value to sponsors and other stakeholders.
He said they want to ensure that their sponsors, who this year, include Digicel, RAMS and Johnny Walker and The Cable, get the desired exposure that would be commensurate with their investment into the tournament.
Over ten thousand dollars in sponsorship has been provided by the local branch of telecommunications company Digicel.
Wednesday morning’s press briefing was chaired by local sports journalist, Vernon Springer and also had the participation of representatives from the sponsors, the host hotel and golf course, and executive members of the golf club.