5-Way Tie at the End of the Inaugural White Sands Bahamas Pro-Am Tournament
Plus the White Sands Bahamas Golf Series exciting Golf Channel Getaway
Let’s start with a moment of envy. The first weekend of February, golf competitors escaped their winter woes to compete in the White Sands Bahamas Golf Series Pro-Am. As par for the course, they enjoyed sunny skies, white sands, and 7,100 square yards of sea-view green at the Ocean Club Golf Course, and plush accommodations at Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas.
Sounds divine, yes?
The playing field boasted 22 female professionals, most from the LPGA Tour. Amateur competitors were able to rub shoulders with talents like Lexi Thompson, Natalie Gulbis, Brittany Lincicome, Tania Tare, and Sandra Gal who landed in the Bahamas for this luxe golf getaway (full list of professional players below).
The Pro-Am featured a shamble format in which each player on his or her respective team played his or her own ball after selecting the best shot off the tee among the group.
The competition ended in an exciting five-way tie between Megan Khang, Paula Reto, Brooke Pancake, Jillian Hollis and Alison Walshe, each carding an 8-under-par 64. The five players decided to share the $10,000 prize after a potential playoff was scuttled because of dangerous weather at the Ocean Club Golf Course at Atlantis, Paradise Island, The Bahamas.
After the pro-am was completed, the 22 players competed in a shootout at the 161-yard par-3 12th hole at Atlantis’ Ocean Club Golf Course. The competition was conducted in a single-elimination bracket format in which the player with the shot closest to the hole advanced, provided the player’s shot found the green.
California girl Alison Lee won the OC Shootout and the $5,000 first prize by defeating New Zealand golfer Tania Tare, who is known for her trick shot resume. Lee used a 7-iron for the winning shot, which ended up about 20 feet behind the hole.
“I was nervous over those last few shots,” said Lee, 23, who is starting her fifth year as a professional. “This was a really fun event. I had never done anything like that (the shootout) before. I really enjoyed it and the whole day. It was a great opportunity to play.”
Players are already missing paradise and looking forward to next year’s White Sands Bahamas Pro-Am, as many of them shared in their Instagram stories.
Tour Pros in Attendance: Amanda Blumenhurst, Jacqui Concolino, Kathleen Ekey, Sandra Gal, Natalie Gulbis, Jillian Hollis, Megan Khang, Olafia Kristinsdottir, Alison Lee, Stacy Lewis, Brittany Lincicome, Caroline Masson, Kristy McPherson, Giulia Molinaro, Brooke Pancake, Paula Reto, Lucy Robson, Kris Tamulis, Tania Tare, Lexi Thompson, Samantha Wagner, Alison Walshe.
Golf Channel in Paradise
Lucky for them (and you), the White Sands Bahamas Golf Series continues with two additional golfing events this year at Atlantis, Paradise Island’s Tom Weiskopf-designed Ocean Club Golf Course, the 18-hole par 72 championship course. Next up will be the Golf Channel and Golf Advisor “Round Trip TV Show and Getaway,” hosted by Golf Channel personality, Matt Ginella.
Participants can compete in a two-day tournament at the oceanside course and enjoy a variety of other activities and events at Atlantis. Among the other perks are behind-the-scenes access to Golf Channel’s host Matt Ginella and a chance to win tickets to the 2020 Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest.
Exclusive 20/20/20 Vacation Offer
Whether you’d like to visit the Bahamas during an event or on your own time, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Atlantis Bahamas resort have partnered with us to offer an exclusive luxury golf travel special!
- 20% off your stay at Atlantis Bahamas Resort
- 20% off golf at the Ocean Club Golf Course
- 20% off of Spa treatments
To unlock this deal, click on the BOOK NOW button below. But hurry, you can take your vacation through 12/15/19 but you must book by end of February 2/28/19 to take advantage of this awesome deal in paradise.
Stay tuned for the next exciting White Sands Bahamas Golf Series events – they just keep getting better and better!