Last week from Wednesday March 28th through to Saturday March 31st, 2012 the 27th annual Sugar Golf Tournament was celebrated in Casa de Campo with 4 nights of celebratory cocktail parties and dinners, accompanied by 4 days of golf; 2 days of practice rounds and 2 days of tournament rounds on all 4 of Casa de Campo’s golf courses; the Teeth of the Dog, the Links, the Dye Fore and the La Romana Country Club.
With those in attendance having been personally invited by Alfy Fanjul himself, the Sugar Golf Tournament is one of the finest, most exclusive and popular events in the Casa de Campo social calendar, bringing together both Casa de Campo villa owners, residents and members of the jetset elite from across the globe.
About the Sugar Golf Tournament…
The Sugar Golf Tournament is the Fundación MIR’s original fundraising event, from which Lian Fanjul de Azqueta, Founder and President of the charity got the seed money to open the “Casa de Paz”, which has now become the internationally recognized foundation, today called the “Fundación MIR.”
Originally just a “normal” golf tournament, “The Sugar” was founded in 1984 by Alfy Fanjul and Don Creamer (pictured left), but when Alfy (Lian’s brother) won in 1990 he donated his winnings to Lian, thus transforming the Sugar golf tournament into a charity event for the Fundación MIR, and as such one of the most glamorous, exclusive and important events in the Casa de Campo social calendar.
Today, “The Sugar” now incorporates a golf component headed by Alfy, as well as a shooting componant headed by one of Lian’s other brother’s Pepe, which will be played in Casa de Campo at the the Casa de Campo Shooting Center and “Rancho Peligro” later this year.
And so here we bring you an overview of all the events and activities celebrated this year as part of the Sugar Golf Tournament. Many more photos are articles on this fine event will be published soon!
On Wednesday the 28th of March, the 27th annual Sugar Golf Tournament was officially opened with a welcome cocktail hosted by Marina Casa de Campo business, I.B.I Nautica. The elegant soiree was celebrated in one of the Marina Casa de Campo’s most beautiful spots – at the end of the “Paseo del Mar” by the Victory Club, where guests enjoyed champagne and picadera.
On Friday evening the 30th of March, Casa de Campo villa owners, Rolando and Monica Gonzalez-Bunster hosted a spectacular dinner at the stunning burnt orange ocean-side Casa de Campo villa in the exclusive Costa Verde neighborhood. Guests enjoyed cocktails under the stars a delicious meat BBQ and pizzas from the stone oven.
Playing in teams of 2 players, the golfers took part in the 2-day 36 hole contest, in the format ‘Better Ball of partners’, with the men and women competing on the Teeth of the Dog, Dye Fore, Links and the La Romana Country Club golf courses – and competing for some serious prize money!
This year 12 Casa de Campo ladies took part in the Ladies Sugar Tennis Tournament which was played out in true style at the La Romana Country Club.
The Sugar Golf Tournament 2012 came to a successful close on Saturday evening the 30th of March with the dinner and prize-giving ceremony celebrated at the La Romana Country Club in Casa de Campo. With the MIR Bazaar laid out inside the Country Club, ladies and their doting partners were able to enjoy a little shopping (for a good cause) before they took their seats for dinner on the beautiful terrace surrounding the pool.
The MIR Bazaar in aid of the Fundación MIR was open in the La Romana Country Club from Thursday March 28th through to Sunday April the 1st and offered Casa de Campo ladies and visitors a fantastic opportunity to indulge in a little retail therapy – and support a great cause. In celebration of the Bazaar, Lian Fanjul de Azqueta hosted a by-invitation only “ladies luncheon” on Saturday March the 31st, which featuring a fantastic fashion show by Azzurro and was a great success.
Many of Casa de Campo’s most beautiful girls made their modeling debut at the fashion show which took place during the Ladies Luncheon and MIR Bazaar at the La Romana Country Club – and the girls, the fashions and the hostess were sensational!
The Fundación MIR is a non-profit organization which works to provide education to the children of the greater La Romana area, who are most in need. They run 3 schools; the MIR Esperanza (boys vocational school), the Escuela Tecnica Vocacional Fundación MIR (girls vocational school) and the Primaria MIR (infants school).
For more information on the Fundación MIR and to make a donation, visit their website: www.mirinternational.org
To make a donation contact the MIR office in Casa de Campo (809-523-8270) or in West Palm Beach (561-366-5095). Donations are tax deductible for US Citizens!