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Ministry of Tourism welcomes Sixth Annual Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic
By Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation
Jan 24, 2018 - 9:34:00 PM

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The Ministry of Tourism and Aviation welcomed pro golfers to the Sixth Annual Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic during a press conference at the world famous Ocean Club Golf Course on Paradise Island on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. Pictured from left are Ocean Club General Manager Robbie Leming, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation Travis Robinson and Head of Business Banking at RBC for the Northern Caribbean Kevin Darling. (BIS Photo/Kemuel Stubbs)

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Extolling the virtues of The Bahamas as a “sports mecca,” Travis Robinson, Parliamentary Secretary in The Ministry of Tourism welcomed pro golfers to the Sixth Annual Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic during a press conference at the world famous Ocean Club Golf Course on Paradise Island.

Mr. Robinson said that the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation is pleased to be a co-title sponsor of the tournament in conjunction with Pure Silk and the Ladies Professional Golf Association.

Also at the press conference held Tuesday, January 23, in the media room were Jeff Raedle, tournament director and principal of Global Golf Management; Kevin Darling, Head of Business Banking, Northern Caribbean; Alan Bates, Chief ALIV; Robbie Leming, General Manager of Ocean Club; Bahamas female pro golfer Georgette Rolle, who is competing in her fifth Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic; and Sharon Cleare, Bahamas Golf Federation Chair, Ladies Division.

“This tournament has been an all-around success, which explains why sponsors return year after year. To underscore the evidence of this success, I’d like to briefly highlight the impact of the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic has had on the Bahamas tourism and our economy in general,” Mr. Robinson said.

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The Bahamas, through the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation is hosting the Sixth Annual Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic at the world famous Ocean Club Golf Course on Paradise Island, January 22-28, 2018. Pictured from left are Georgette Rolle, who is competing in her fifth Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic Bahamas; Golf Federation Chairman, Ladies Division Sharon Cleare; Ocean Club General Manager Robbie Leming; Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism Travis Robinson; Head of Business Banking at RBC for the Northern Caribbean Kevin Darling; Chief Aliv Partner Alan Bates; tournament director Jeff Raedle and sports tourism representative in the Ministry of Tourism, Eldece Clarke. (BIS Photo/Kemuel Stubbs)

He noted the 10 hours of television coverage to 150-plus countries on Golf Channel and accompanying U.S. and international broadcast media worth an equivalent value of $4.7 million. In print media there were 3,000-plus mentions and placements in 50 countries, and in digital media the event drew more than 600 million views. The event also accounted for 3,700 room nights at area hotels.

“This year, we look forward to even wider media coverage, at one of the most scenic golf courses in the world, Mr. Robinson said, adding that the tournament “solidifies the reputation of the Islands of The Bahamas as a sports mecca.”

The sixth annual Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic is the opening event on the LPGA schedule for the fourth time. Offering a purse of $1.4 million, the tournament features a field of 108 players from 24 countries that includes 15 major champions and 12 winners from the 2017 season (compared to 13 and seven, respectively, last year). Five of the top 10 players in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings are entered, led by No. 1 Shanshan Feng, No. 3 So Yeon Ryu, who shared the 2017 Rolex Player of the Year Award with Sung Hyun Park, and No. 4 Lexi Thompson, the Race to the CME Globe champion in 2017.

The Golf Channel will provide 10 hours of live coverage beginning Thursday from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. EST. Live second-round coverage Friday also is 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., third-round coverage on Saturday is 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday’s live final round coverage will air 3-5 p.m.

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