Varadero Cuba, April 2013 – On April 26th and 27th, Palmares SA, the organization responsible for golf development in Cuba, hosted the fifth annual Montecristo Cup at the Varadero Golf Club in Cuba.

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David Villafana accepting his award for second place in the Montecristo Cup. Montecristo Cup winner Annia Blanco (right) with Antonio Castro  (left) Esencia Cup winner.  Andrew Macdonald (CEO of Esencia Group) at prize giving with Antonio Castro.

Open to amateurs and professionals, this fifth annual tournament once again was a huge success  with players participating from many countries: Germany, Canada, Korea, France, Mexico, Uruguay, Argentina, Spain, United States, Ireland, Aruba, United Kingdom, Colombia, Russia and Cuba

"It was judged to have been the best ever with perfect conditions and was a particularly successful day for ladies … the event was supported by a well received tasting of 15 yr old Glenfiddich  whisky, and an elegant gala dinner at the Xanadu mansion on Saturday night. We are already looking forward to 2014" said Andrew Macdonald CEO Esencia Group.

Players enjoyed three days of golf under clear blue skies at this spectacular seaside course located 75 miles east of Havana. The competition included the opportunity to win The Esencia Cup and The Montecristo Cup, played over two rounds on April 26th and 27th.

Esencia Group, who are partnered with Palmares to develop a number of golf resorts in Cuba, presented the Esencia Cup to Tony Castro with a prize of a William Perez original art work.

The Montecristo Cup was won by Annia Blanco who also took home a Cuervo and Sobrinos Swiss watch. Other winners took home prizes donated by Melia Las Americas, Hotel Saratoga and La Guarida restaurant. These include:

Montecristo Cup:
Winner: Annia Blanco
Runner up: David Villafana

Esencia Cup:
Winner: Antonio Castro
Runner up: Carlos Burgete

Closest to hole. 3: Iliuska Gonzalez.
Longest drive No. 1: Idalia Pérez
Montecristo Cup:
Nearest hole. 8: Idalia Méndez
Longest drive: David Villafaña
Esencia Cup:
Nearest the hole: Kong Xiangz Hong
Longest drive: Brian Mark

The awards were presented at the exclusive Du Pont mansion, Xanadu, where the players enjoyed mojitos, music and dancing as well as a gala dinner on the ocean-side terrace courtesy of Palmares.

Throughout the weekend, there was a generous supply of Montecristo Open cigars, an exclusive range created by Habanos to complement the al-fresco weekend event. Brian Wilson of Esencia commented,  "Palmares, Esencia and Habanos would like to thank both sponsors and participants and especially Varadero Golf club."

Montecristo Cup 2014

Next year's event will take place on the 12th and 13th of April, and we are all looking forward to an even more successful event than that of 2013.

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Editor’s notes:

The sponsors of The Montecristo Cup  are Habanos SA, the worlds leading premium Cigar Company and purveyor of the famous Montecristo brand Esencia Group and Cuervo y Sobrinos watches.

Travel arrangements by The event was co-managed by Palmares and Esencia Group, the leading supporter and developer of golf in Cuba.

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