Tuesday 12 September 2023. The 3rd annual Taula Samoa IBFC International Golf Championship was launched Tuesday evening at the 19th Hole, Faleata Golf Course.
Six teams including one from American Samoa will battle it out for the Championship Cup and to be named Samoa’s top golf club.
Hon Minister of Education Sports and Culture, Seuula Ioane Tuā’au, delivered the keynote address at the launch also attended by sponsors and the business community supporting this year’s event.
The two major sponsors of the inter-club golf tournament, are Taula Beverages represented at launch night by Mulitalo Amosa Tupai, and Samoa International Business Finance Centre represented by CEO Tuifaasisina Sieni Tualega-Voorwinden.
Taula Beverages has supported the initiative since its inaugural launch three years ago in October 2021.
At the time, General Manager of Taula Beverages, Enele Westerlund, said they were ecstatic to partner with Marist B.I.G. on what would help grow and develop new talent amongst local golfing.
“We have the pleasure and privilege of partnering up with Marist B.I.G. again on something new. We look forward to being a part of this event and supporting the drive to develop this sport further at the grassroot level,” Enele Westerlund had said.
Other sponsors include Samoa Stationery and Books, who have also been supporters since the initial tournament, and Pacific Ezy Money Transfer.
The inaugural winners of the Taula Samoa IBFC Golf Clubs Championship 2021 had gone to Le Vaiotausala Golf School from Fagalii, with Mike’s School in second place and Marist B.I.G Golf Club coming in 3rd.
Last year, hosts Marist BIG “Brothers in Golf” took out the 2022 Taula Samoa IBFC International Golf Club Champions edging out Le Vaiotausala Golfers who placed second.
Third place last year went to one of the most established clubs at the Tuanaimato Golf Course, the Tsunami club. Tsunami was one spot ahead of Fagalii Golf Course’s well established Mango Tree golfers who got Best Uniform.
The tournament involves all golf clubs in Samoa with the aim of having participants feel like they are playing at an international event by having a proper launch, and strict adherence to golf rules and etiquette.
There are networking cocktails after each playing day and the winning club will take home a cash prize plus the Taula Samoa IBFC International Golf Championship trophy.