Actor Bill Murray, rugby champion Mike Tindall and basketball legend Joe Arlauckas added to the event’s appeal
Costa Navarino’s 3rd International Messinia Pro- Am which was sponsored by MANCODE, was held February 20-23, marking the start of the tourist season with the participation of 31 teams from 20 countries.
More than 120 professionals, celebrities and amateur golfers enjoyed the game at the award-winning The Dunes Course and The Bay Course among century-old olive trees overlooking the Ionian Sea and the historic bay of Navarino.
Actor Bill Murray at Costa Navarino’s 3rd International Messinia Pro-Am. Photo by Elias Lefas
Among the participants were Oscar-nominee and Golden Globe Award-winner Bill Murray; Mike Tindall, the former rugby player who represented England 75 times and 5 times as captain in his 17-year career; and basketball legend Joe Arlauckas.
Accommodation was provided at The Westin Resort Costa Navarino and all participants had a unique experience on and off the greens, with a rich programme including thematic a series of thematic social events culminating in a memorable gala dinner and prizegiving ceremony.
The competitive action included two rounds of golf on The Dunes Course, and one on The Bay Course. All players warmly embraced the thematic charity bowling night, and continued to lend their support for SOS Children’s Villages Greece initiatives through the Messinia Pro-Am website.
The tournament concluded with the “Buena Vista” gala dinner and award ceremony, hosted by pro golfer and TV presenter Iona Stephen and golf coach and YouTube star Peter Finch, including a special moment with actor Bill Murray who enthused: “This is the best place I’ve ever been. The golf courses are great; I’ve never been treated nicer anywhere. This is a different level; it is not like anything I’ve ever seen.”
The winners of the 3rd Messinia Pro-Am on stage. Photo by Elias Lefas
At the 54-hole Strokeplay individual competition, professional golf players claimed the total prize pool of 31,000 Euros. Alessandro Tadini (PGA of Italy) with 197 points, 15 under par won the tournament, second place fell to PGA of GB&I Professional, Stuart Boyle and the PGA of Portugal’s, Tomas Gouveia, finished in third.
Gouveia also won the Team Pro-Am event with his team of Ivailo Dimchev, Lyubomir Minchev and Konstantin Sinapov. Second place went to Berni Reiter (PGA of Austria) with Franz Pichler, Johann Schygulla and Gottfried Traintinger, whilst the team of Antonis Sotiropoulos (Chairman of PGA of Greece) took third place. In the other categories, Milada Tupova-Faensen won “Closest to the Pin” award, George Vafiadis claimed the “Longest Drive Men” and Belgian Delphine Dewitte the “Longest Drive Ladies” and “Best 4-Hole Net Score”.