25/04/2008TENTH ELIZABETH NORMAN SUTTON CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT

June 9, 10 & 11 at Playa Mujeres Golf Club
Lady golfers from all over Mexico, the United States, Canada and South Korea will be traveling to Cancún to compete in the annual Elizabeth Norman Sutton Charity Golf Tournament, which is scheduled to take place this year on June 9, 10 and 11 at the prestigious Playa Mujeres Golf Club.
Organized by Royal Resorts, the tournament honors the memory of Elizabeth Sutton, wife of Richard D. Sutton, one of the Royal Resorts directors. A Cancún resident for 20 years, Mrs. Sutton was a keen golfer and a deeply committed campaigner always looking for ways to improve the lives of the most vulnerable members of society. After her death in 1998, a trust was established in her name to support charities and community projects in the Cancún area. Last year, the tournament winners presented checks for $20,000 US apiece to the Cancún General Hospital and to Grupo Desafío de Quintana Roo cancer awareness program. Since the tournament began, $250,000 US has been donated to local causes including several children’s homes, schools for mentally challenged children, centers for the victims of domestic violence and the MESE Street Children Protection Program.
This is the tenth anniversary of this popular sporting event and organizers are expecting a record turnout. Not only do players have fun on and off the greens, by participating they are helping local institutions and NGO’s in their work with Cancún’s poorest inhabitants.
The tournament is for amateur lady golfers only and is played according to the British Stableford Rules. Apart from the overall winner and the winners of Flight A, B, C and D categories, prizes are also awarded for the straightest drive on Hole 16, the longest drive on Hole 9 and the closest to the pin on Holes 3, 8 and 12 registered for each day’s play.
Playa Mujeres Golf Club is an 18-hole par 72 7,218 yard course located 20 minutes to the north of Cancún. Designed by Greg Norman, it is both challenging and beautiful; the prevailing trade winds demand accuracy from the players. The course has a spectacular setting, surrounded by mangroves and forest and has sweeping views of the Caribbean and the Chacmochuch Lagoon. Four holes overlook the beaches and several others have testing water hazards, bunkers and even a resident crocodile called Big Al. Playa Mujeres is also the first Mexican golf course to be endorsed by the Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWG).
Women who would like to register for the tournament and need help with accommodation arrangements can call: 1-800-930-5050 Ext. 2504 in the United States and Canada, and talk to Mr. Gene Magliocco or contact Elizabeth Montuy in Cancún at 01-800-712-0544 or 998-881-0187; email: golftournament@royalresorts.com www.royalresorts.com
Golf in Royal Resorts
The Annual Elizabeth Norman Sutton Memorial Golf Tournament is just one of the golf-related activities organized by Royal Resorts. Members and guests who enjoy a game of golf have the chance to compete in a weekly golf tournament. They can also discover Natural Golf, an innovative golf technique invented by Canadian golf legend, the late Moe Norman, which helps golfers of all abilities improve their shots and reduce their scores. Almost 600,000 players, including some PGA tour members, now use the Natural Golf swing. Royal Resorts offers free Natural Golf demonstrations and guests can also sign up for clinics during their stay

Royal Resorts is one of the leading vacation ownership companies in the world and a pioneer in Cancún, where it is one of the city’s three largest employers with a work force of 3,000. Founded in 1975, it has five resorts in Cancún: Club Internacional de Cancún, The Royal Mayan, The Royal Caribbean, The Royal Islander and The Royal Sands & Spa and one in the Riviera Maya, The Royal Haciendas, all with five-star ratings. Royal Resorts also owns the El Castellano Hotel in Mérida, Yucatán.
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More information: Joanna Green, Communication Manager, Royal Resorts
Tel.: +52 998 881-0100 Ext. 65712, jgreen@royalresorts.com