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4 October 2019

Two Winners Each Receive a Trip to Play in the St. Kitts Nevis Admirals Cup Tournament in February

Pictured: Members of the New York State Golf Association (NYSGA) on the course at The Schuyler Meadows Club in Loudonville, New York, playing in the Amateur Series Championship on Monday, September 30, presented by St. Kitts.
Basseterre, St. Kitts (October 3, 2019) - On Monday night, September 30, the St. Kitts Tourism Authority presented two all-expense-paid trips to two lucky winners to play in its 10th Annual St. Kitts-Nevis Admirals Cup golf tournament taking place from February 1-6, 2020. The trips were awarded at the conclusion of the New York State Golf Association's (NYSGA) Amateur Series Championship as part of St. Kitts' partnership with the organization, now in its second consecutive year.
"Congratulations to all NYSGA members who qualified for the season-ending championship and thanks to all members for giving us the opportunity to educate you about what our islands have to offer," said the Hon. Mr. Lindsay F.P. Grant, Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry and Commerce. "The NYSGA Amateur Series Championship marks the end of St. Kitts' season-long promotion for The Admirals Cup Pro-Am Tournament, our premier golf event to build awareness for the destination among these experiential lifestyle travelers. I look forward to personally welcoming the winners to island in February." 
As the presenting sponsor of the NYSGA Amateur Series, St. Kitts and the Association have been promoting the Admirals Cup along with St. Kitts as a golf destination at all 25 events in the series. At each event, St. Kitts provided samples of its own Brinley Gold Shipwreck Coconut Crème rum along with prizes awarded by random drawing including Admirals Club logoed items from caps and towels to tumblers and for a "closest to the hole" contest. 
NYSGA Amateur Series events were open to all NYSGA members throughout the season, wherein the golfers accumulated points for participation and performance. The top 200 players on the points list were invited to the Championship event, played on Monday, September 30, by 95 total players at the Schuyler Meadows Club in Loudonville, New York. At the post-Championship dinner, the two winners were selected by random drawing to receive an all-expense-paid trip to St. Kitts consisting of a 4-night/5-day golf package for two at the Royal St. Kitts Hotel to compete in the 10th Annual Admirals Cup tournament that will be held February 1-6, 2020. Each player will recruit a playing partner to join them in the Am-Am Division of the tournament.
Pictured: Bob Fenton (at left) and Karl Heath (at right), the two winners of a trip to St. Kitts to play in the 10th Annual Admirals Cup Tournament 2020, as awarded following the New York State Golf Association (NYSGA) Amateur Series Championship event played Monday, September 30, at The Schuyler Meadows Club in Loudonville, New York.
The two winners of the all-inclusive trip to St. Kitts were Karl Heath of Wild Wood Country Club and Bob Fenton of Upon being selected, Karl Heath said, "Oh, man.  I could not believe it when I heard my name called.  I am so excited to go to St. Kitts. I've been thinking about the Admirals Cup tournament all summer.  Let's go!"  
Fellow winner Bob Fenton was also happily surprised and commented, "Wow!  I am shocked.  I've heard so many great things about St. Kitts.  I can't wait to get there.  My wife is going to be more surprised than I am." said Bob Fenton.
"The support that St. Kitts Tourism Authority has provided over the past two seasons has allowed the NYSGA to keep player costs down, while enhancing the event experience and promotional incentives for members participating in the events. New York golfers are now thinking about St. Kitts & Nevis when they look towards planning a golf vacation or general travel opportunities in the Caribbean," said Andrew Hickey, Assistant Executive Director of the NYSGA.
Championship winners for gross and net were established within each division, as well as flight, to decide the 2019 Amateur Series Individual champions. Listed below are the winners broken down by division, flight and net/gross.
The 2019 NYSGA Amateur Series Championship Net & Gross Winners are as follows-
Overall Winners (From Season Points List)
Men - Joe Salerno, Schenectady Municipal Golf Club
Women - Sandra Kunz, NYSGA eClub - Capital District
Men's Division, A Flight         
Gross - Brett Cunningham, Timber Banks Golf Club
Net - Kyle Young, Cronin's Golf Resort
Men's Division, B Flight
Gross - Frank Suits, Cortland Country Club
Net - Ralph Razzano, NYSGA eClub - Capital District
Men's Senior Division, A Flight
Gross - Michael Glancey, Stoney Ford Golf Club
Net - Jeff Roberts, Schenectady Municipal Golf Club
Men's Senior Division, B Flight
Gross - Peter Lucas, Cobleskill Golf & Country Club
Net - John Lavalley, NYSGA eClub - Rochester
Men's Super Senior
Gross - Gary Spears, NYSGA eClub - Mid Hudson
Net - Gary Warren, Albany Country Club
Women's Division
Gross - Patricia Mayne, Western Turnpike Golf Club
Net - Pennie Carlo, Crestwood Golf Club
As an added element of the partnership with St. Kitts, the NYSGA organizes a group trip to attend the Admirals Cup each year. For the upcoming 10th annual event, nearly a dozen NYSGA members are committed to participate to date.
Pictured: Members of the NYSGA listening to a presentation by St. Kitts at the dinner held on Monday night following the Amateur Series Championship event