Jamaica hosts regions first Celeb Players Golf Tour

Billy Joe Tolliver took top honours recently at the first-ever Celebrity Players Tour (CPT) event to be held in the Caribbean region. The 11-year veteran of the National Football League (NFL) held off All-Pro NFL quarterback Neil Lomax in what became an all-American football star contest for first place in the nine-hole “shootout,” which concluded at the Cinnamon Hill golf course in Montego Bay.
The last two days of the CPT Jamaica Holiday Classic consisted of the celebrity qualifying round on Saturday, December 13, which featured 27 holes - nine at each of three courses, Cinnamon Hill, Half Moon and White Witch - and climaxed with a nine-hole competition on Sunday for the final round of the event on the three best holes at each course.CPT members, primarily sporting greats from the U.S., teamed with local and overseas golf enthusiasts and journalists here on the first two days of the event, December 11 and 12, for a Celeb-Am tournament. The three courses played are considered to be among the finest in Jamaica, an island known for its superior golfing facilities.Special local and regional invitees included renowned former West Indies opening batsman Desmond Haynes and Maurice Foster, also a former West Indies cricketer.The Celeb-Am shamble-format over 36 holes saw the team of Grant Fuhr with Anthony Stewart, Kevin “Hercules” Sorbo and David DeSmith of the New England Journal of Golf emerge winners on the Cinnamon Hill and Half Moon courses.At the nearby White Witch course, Mark Rypien, NFL Quarterback, with Tim Ummel of Jet Golf and Mark Peterson of Nicholas Magazine, took the first prize with an aggregate score of 113.