ATHENS – The wonderful weather, the unique Messinian landscape, the two signature golf courses and the 17 maritime teams, helped make the Greek Maritime Golf Event 2021 a success. The top maritime golf tournament was held with utmost safety for the 7th year on September 3-5 at Costa Navarino, Messinia.
Golfing action with the Messinian background scenery
The golf action started on Saturday, September 4, with the shotgun scramble that was held at The Dunes Course, in a stunning natural landscape full of centuries-old olive trees. Moreover, non-golfers had the opportunity to attend the golf clinic and take part in the putting competition.
The event was completed on Sunday, September 5, as golfers had the option of participating in the two ball better ball (3/4 hcp), at The Bay Course, with a magnificent view of the historic Bay of Navarino, and the picturesque port of Pylos.
The shipping community supported Karkninaki
On Saturday night, the awards ceremony was glamorous and full of surprises and gifts for the tournament’s participants. The event was be presented by the Euroleague legend Joe Arlauckas and Ioanna Papadimitriou.
A silent auction was held for the first time and auctioned 32 items of golf legends such as Gary Player, Tiger Woods, Roy Mcllroy and world-class athletes, including NBA Finals Champion and MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, the NFL’s Tom Brady, and tennis champ Serena Williams. The activity was implemented in collaboration with the unique agency in Europe, dealing with trading cards and memorabilia, Trace ’n Chase and the assistance of Ideas Print.
The shipping community embraced and actively supported the event’s good cause, as during the ceremony participants contributed with their desired amount, bidding on their favorite items. The total amount collected exceeded 5,000 euros and was donated to the non-profit organization Karkinaki in its efforts to stop childhood and adolescent cancer being a taboo issue, but also finding as many allies as possible so that every child who suffers from cancer has equal access to high-quality hospitalization, effective treatment, and, ultimately, the right to life.
At the same time, a lottery was held with rich prizes that were drawn to the participants and offered by the following donors: Qatar Airways, The Westin Resort Costa Navarino, Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa, The Margi, Arifakis, Domotel Kastri, Dinner in the Sky and Blue Shades of Greece.
Golfing action at The Bay Course. Photo: Greek Maritime Golf Event by Mike Tsolis
In the context of this year’s event, the recognized Greek PGA golfer and organizer of the Greek Maritime Golf Event Thanos Karantzias said: “I feel very proud that the Greek Maritime Golf Event exceeded all expectations for the 7th year. We managed to showcase the golf tourism of Messinia while organizing a highly demanding tournament with utmost safety and with a strict health protocol. I would like to thank the sponsors and all members of the maritime community who participated and supported the top maritime golf tournament with their presence. We are now renewing our appointment for December 4, at the Golf Course of Glyfada.”
During the tournament, participants and visitors had the opportunity to test drive the new Porsche models and admire the impressive Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.
The Greek Maritime Golf Event supported the nonprofit organization Karkinaki, left to right: Giannis Liaros, Menia Koukougianni from Karkinaki, Thanos Karantzias, and Irene Vagena from Birdie Events. Photo: Greek Maritime Golf Event by Mike Tsolis
The event was held under the auspices of the Hellenic Golf Federation. Greek Maritime Golf Event, was organized by Birdie Events, through an initiative of the recognized Greek PGA golfer Thanos Karantzias. The tournament was addressed exclusively to distinguished executives of the Greek shipping community.
In the overall team standings, the team of Papadopoulos, Harvey, Hutton, Ventouris won first place. Second place went to the team of Oikonomou, Karabatsos, Patiniotis, Sorotos, while the team of Syomin, Boetius, Garulin, Androulidakis took third place. In the other categories, William Karnazes won Closest to the Pin award and Frank Monteiro claimed the Longest Drive.
Golfing action at The Dunes Course. Photo: Greek Maritime Golf Event by Mike Tsolis
More information is available online: www.greekmaritimegolf.gr