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Waccabuc hit half-century in Bermuda Goodwill appearances

Local and overseas players will compete at the 69th Bermuda Goodwill golf tournament next week (File photograph)

Waccabuc Country Club will achieve an unprecedented milestone at the 69th Bermuda Goodwill Pro-Am next week.

The club from Westchester County, New York, will be making their 50th appearance in world golf’s longest-running Pro-Am event to be held from November 15 to 17.

“This is their 50th appearance, so they now lead the pack with the most appearances,” Bob Corrao, the tournament chairman and chief executive, told The Royal Gazette.

“Fifty appearances is huge. Fifty appearances out of 69 tournaments and 41 in a row, which is great.”

The 54-hole best-ball tournament will involve nearly 70 players among local and overseas teams.

“We are thrilled to have teams from the US visiting to include Country Club of Charleston, South Carolina, Aspen Glen from Colorado, Country Club of New England, Innis Arden from Connecticut, Plandome from Long Island, New York, Hartford Country Club from Boston, Massachusetts, etc,” Corrao added.

“Bermuda is also coming alive with Port Royal and Tucker’s Point sponsoring teams. Mid Ocean Club members have also put together a team.”

Mid Ocean Club are the defending champions.

The tournament begins on Monday with the opening round at Port Royal Golf Course followed by the second round at Tucker’s Point on Tuesday and third and final round at Mid Ocean Club on Wednesday.

“We are all set for a great, great event,” Corrao said.

“We are thrilled because the Bermuda Goodwill is the oldest and longest-running golf pro am in golf history worldwide; no one is close to that record.

“Sixty-nine years which is amazing so we certainly didn’t want to see it leave, especially Bermuda. It’s really a big tradition in Bermuda so we are thrilled it’s happening.”

Introduced in 1953, the Goodwill Tournament has become a staple of the Bermuda golf calendar, attracting overseas amateurs and professionals to the island annually.

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Published November 13, 2021 at 7:39 am (Updated November 13, 2021 at 7:39 am)

Waccabuc hit half-century in Bermuda Goodwill appearances

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