A magnificent annual tradition, the first part of the “Casa de Campo Sugar” tournaments; the Sugar Golf Tournament hosted by Alfy Fanjul was played with the participation of nearly 400 international golfers was celebrated last week from the 3rd to the 6th of April 2013. Whilst the second part of the “Casa de Campo Sugar” tournaments; the Sugar Shooting Tournament hosted by J.Pepe Fanjul, will be played next week from the 23rd to the 28th of April 2013.
With the lady golfers playing on the Links and the Dye Fore, and the men on the Teeth of the Dog and the La Romana Country Club course, practice rounds were played on Wednesday and Thursday, whilst on Friday and Saturday the tournament rounds took place, with the winners announced on Saturday evening.
As is the tradition, this glamorous event was accompanied by a series of superb celebratory cocktail parties and dinners – as much a part of the gathering as the golf itself. And with numerous “first timers” mingling with those who have competed for almost 3 decades, the atmosphere was friendly and fun, whilst the golf was (understandably) taken rather seriously.
This year’s Sugar Golf Tournament was made extra special by the unveiling of a statue in honor of Pete Dye, who, starting with the Teeth of the Dog opened in 1971, designed with his wife Alice Dye all of Casa de Campo’s golf courses; the Caribbean’s number 1 course the Teeth of the Dog, Links, Dye Fore and the La Romana Country Club. In addition to competing in the tournament, Pete Dye also participated in the unveiling ceremony on Saturday afternoon, when he was awarded a replica bust from the hands of Alfy Fanjul on behalf of the Central Romana Corporation. Congratulations to Pete Dye!
A magnificent 4-day event, gathering together some of the world’s most interesting and successful businessmen and women, the Sugar Golf Tournament was once again an occasion to remember. And so here we bring you an overview of all the events and activities celebrated this year as part of the Sugar Golf Tournament 2013. Many more photos and articles of this fine event will be published soon!
On Wednesday the 3rd of April 2013, the 28th annual Sugar Golf Tournament was officially opened with a welcome cocktail hosted by Benetti yachts represented in the Dominican Republic by Marina Casa de Campo business, I.B.I Nautica. The elegant soiree was celebrated at the Marina Casa de Campo’s beautiful Casa de Campo Yacht Club, where guests not only enjoyed plenty of champagne and Ron Atlantico mojitos, but also got the opportunity to step aboard a Benetti 93 Delfino, the first yacht in the world available to buy on a partial ownership basis.
On Friday evening the 5th of April, Casa de Campo villa owners, Rolando and Monica Gonzalez-Bunster hosted a spectacular dinner at their stunning burnt orange ocean-side Casa de Campo villa in the exclusive Costa Verde neighborhood. Guests enjoyed cocktails under the stars and a delicious meat BBQ with pizzas from the stone oven.
Playing in teams of 2, the golfers took part in the 2-day 36 hole contest, in the format ‘Better Ball of partners’, with the men competing on the Teeth of the Dog and the La Romana Country Club, with the ladies teeing off on the Links and the Dye Fore golf courses.
Pictured above: tournament host Alfy Fanjul tees off at hole #1 on the Teeth of the Dog, watched by designer of the course Pete Dye.
On Saturday afternoon right before tee off, Pete and Alice Dye unveiled the new statue of Pete, which will now stand outside the Teeth of the Dog Pro-shop forever more.
This year a group of 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.
El torneo de golf Sugar 2013 fue he Sugar Golf Tournament 2013 llegó a su fin con éxito la noche del sábado 6 de abril con la cena y entrega de premios celebrada en el Country Club de La Romana en la Casa de Campo. Con el Bazar MIR Bazar distribuido dentro del Country Club, las damas y sus socios cariñosos pudieron disfrutar de un poco de compras (por una buena causa) antes de que se sentaran a cenar en la terraza que rodea la piscina.
Este año los campeones netos en la división de hombres fueron Joe Lipsky y Philip Blackman, mientras que en la división de mujeres las campeonas netas fueron Marianna Martin quien jugó Conchita Llach. En la imagen anterior está Andrea Horwich y Norma Reubel, jugadoras de la división de mujeres.
The MIR Bazaar in aid of the Fundación MIR and sponsored by Silgon Inc., Marketing, Web Development & Publishing Services was open in the La Romana Country Club from Thursday April 4th through to Sunday April 7th 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 and Raysa Fanjul hosted a by-invitation only “ladies luncheon” on Saturday April 6th, with Ron Atlantico serving mojitos as a welcome cocktail and which featured a fantastic fashion show by Marina Casa de Campo store Rubiluna.
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!
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 J.Pepe, shot at the Casa de Campo Shooting Center and “Rancho Peligro”.
This year’s Sugar Shooting Tournament will be shot at the Casa de Campo Shooting Center and Rancho Peligro from the 23rd to the 28th of April.
The first Sugar Shooting Tournament took place in 1988, hosted by J.Pepe Fanjul in celebration of the opening of a new and improved Shooting facility; the Casa de Campo Shooting Center, which, originally located near to the Casa de Campo Polo Fields, had just re-opened with a Sporting Clays circuit of more than 200 stations, two pigeon rings, and a skeet and trap facility. 15 years later, following the appointment of new Director of Shooting; Shaun Snell, a new shooting facility at Rancho Peligro for European Style Driven Bird Shooting was opened, allowing the tournament to grown from a 4-day event to a 6-day event. Today, this prestigious occasion incorporates the Live Pigeon Shoot, the Colombaire and the Sporting Clays, as well as the European Style Driven Bird Shoot at Rancho Peligro, all accompanied by various cocktail parties and dinners.