The 9th Greek Maritime Golf tournament ran September 7 to10, in Costa Navarino, Messinia. The grand social golfing event this year raised money for Floga, the Parents Association of Children with Cancer The event has emerged as the best social-golf event in Greece and Cyprus. It attracts executives of the global, and large Greek maritime industry.
The tournament offered two signature 18-hole courses, The Dunes Course and The Bay Course, held in a bucolic Mediterranean setting, surrounded by centuries-old olive trees and spectacular views of the Ionian Sea, the historic bay of Navarino, from the charming port of Pylos.
Friday, September 8, in perfect conditions, golfers played a shotgun scramble at The Bay Course, and on Saturday, September 9, the action moved to The Dunes Course for another shotgun scramble.
Those less adept golfers or those who wanted to sharpen their drive attended the golf clinics at The Dunes Course.
On Friday a cocktail soiree hosted by Marine Tours, with chilled wines and jazz. The event was hosted by Konstantinos Oikonomou, the CEO of Marine Tours Group a leader in Southeastern Europe. Cocktails were produced by sponsor, Grey Goose, and wines, from top Greek winery Nemea Semeli Estate. The Greek Maritime Golf Event fulfills the golfing passions of executives but more importantly, it supports major cause and this year it raised money for Floga – Parents Association of Children with Cancer.
At the awards ceremony on Saturday raffles and auctions for major prizes raised money for Floga, and partners included Miele, Costa Navarino, The Margi, Tsikeli Boutique Hotel Meteora, Iliada Sunset Suites, Namaste Boutique Apartments, Marmari Bay Hotel, Semeli Estate, Ogarden Suites, Grand Meteora Hotel, Platanos Steakhouse.
The first-place team was Theo Xenakoudis the Managing Director, of Piraeus-Greece of IRI/The Marshall Islands Registry, and second place went to the team of Oikonomou, Angelakis, Tziotis, Sorotos, while the team of Chiotopoulos, Kanellakis, Dalakouras, Vezlihvtsev took third.
Two special awards were given to George Manouilidis who won the Closest to the Pin award and Taxiarchis Vezlihvtsev for the Longest Drive.