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Thursday, September 2, 2010

ENSENADA - Ocean’s Flavor Vendimia Golf Open at Bajamar (update)

Ocean’s Flavor Vendimia Golf Open at Bajamar: A Great Day for a Great Cause!

Bajamar in Association with AMPI present Vendimia’s most successful golf event to date, to support the Baja Scholarship Foundation.

On Saturday, August 28, the Golf Gods smiled on Bajamar Oceanfront Hotel & Golf Resort as 156 golfers teed off to help raise funds for the nonprofit Baja Scholarship Foundation (BSF). This year, with Ocean’s Flavor as the platinum title sponsor, Bajamar teamed with AMPI (Mexican Association of Real Estate Professionals) and the BSF to organize the tourney, which raised approximately $18,000 that will help underprivileged Mexican children attend school, kindergarten through college.

"This was one of the finest days and events ever experienced at Bajamar. Calm winds and ocean, warm sun, and the shared efforts of so many to support an excellent charitable cause – there was truly a feeling of energy and camaraderie here, that day!” said Mario Garcia, general manager of Bajamar Oceanfront Hotel & Golf Resort.

The shot-gun event took place on all 27 holes of the Bajamar golf course that is located just an hour south of San Diego. As part of Baja’s month-long Vendimia (grape harvest) celebration, the tournament featured wine tastings on some holes, provided by Pasion Biba, Vid Artesanal, Fuentes and Tierra de Gracia. 

Along with prize opportunities and course challenges at other hole locations, highlighting different tee box areas were other event sponsors, including gold sponsor Santa Barbara at Bajamar luxury  condominiums; silver sponsors Minarik Guitars and BajaBound.com Mexican Insurance; bronze sponsors Mahon International, Baja-Rentals.com, Chicago Title of Orange County and Children’s Fund of San Bernardino; contributing sponsors Liberty tobacco, First Title Services, Bajamar Premier Properties, Marena Development, Baja Good Life Club, Nextel, and  Hostal San Angel.

According to Alan Fisher, president of title event sponsor Ocean’s Flavor (#1 low sodium
sea salt in the world), “AMPI, BSF and the Bajamar team did a phenomenal job! What a
great pleasure for Ocean’s Flavor to support this event and to support the young people in
Baja California who are striving for better futures.”
The Field and the Winners
The golf tournament in fact was so popular it was a ‘sell out’. According to event coordinator Larry French, “We actually had to turn away a waiting list of participants.” French added that the event was a mix of golfers – at all levels of playing skill -- from both sides of the border, with teams coming to Baja from northern and central California,  Arizona, Mexicali and even golfers from Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. A highlight of the tournament was the fact that golfers were being videotaped for a UABC (Universidad Autonomia de Baja California) television program, ‘Guide to Ensenada’, that will be on cable and streamed on various tourism and other websites.

According to program host and golf commentator Jim White, on Oceano hole #5 sponsored by Santa Barbara at Bajamar, “It was great to see such a bicultural golf tournament...and to see that people of all nationalities react the exact same way when they hit their golf balls in the Pacific Ocean!” White noted that there were even some celebrities in the field of golfers, including NFL football players and media representatives like George Chamberlin of NBC and ‘Money Matters’, and Erik Weichert, president of Weichert Realtors Elite and host of ‘Real Estate Today’ on KOGO, am 600.

Fortunately, not everyone hit the ball into the water. In fact, there were significant cash prizes to be awarded to the top three teams in the event. First place with a net score of 50.25, and a $2000 prize: Alfred Richard Hendersen; Gilbert Henderson; Robert Patrick Algarin and Ted Beltran (from Corona, California and Whittier, California). Second place with a net score of 50.63, and a $1000 prize: Ricardo Martinez, Pedro Damian Orozco Martinez, Rodolito D. Paez Martinez and Miguel Angel Munoz Rojo (from Tijuana, Baja California). Third place with a net score of 51, and a $500 prize: Jesus Eduardo Gonzalez, Guillermo Lopez Mendoza, Eduardo Gabriel Espinosa Maesse and Rafael Cuadra (from Tijuana, Baja California).
 
Additional prizes were awarded for various categories, included greens fees and attire at Bajamar; greens fees at Baja Country Club, Tijuana Country Club and Steel Canyon; Cabo vacations; and Santa Barbara at Bajamar Golf vacations.

As planning begins for 2011, AMPI (Mexican Association of Real Estate Professionals, www.ampirosarito.org ) is sure to be a returning event sponsor. This year, AMPI-Ensenada had also joined the team. AMPI is a leader in community activity in Baja California, helping ensure that real estate practices in the region remain ethical and consistent. The organization support many community based causes throughout the year. For more information and to include your name on a mailing list for next year’s event, contact Patrick Shaw, pshawpga@hotmail.com, or Hector Rosas, hrosas@golfbajamar.com, or call Bajamar Oceanfront Hotel & Resort at 011-52-646-155-0151; toll-free in Mexico, 1-800-025-4075, or toll-free from the US, 1-888-311-
6076.

Sidebar: Araceli and Elizabeth Ortega live in Descanso (about 15 minutes from Bajamar) and
are students of the Baja Scholarship Foundation. They live in difficult conditions, but their excitement about life and about going to school raises them above the poverty that might otherwise hold them down. Their family of six lives on roughly $50-60 a week. The girls are studying English through the BSF, and they are clear in their understanding that through their learning and education, they might one day change the future for their.