NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas Skilled Golf Affiliation (BPGA) highlighted the contributions of Albany Bahamas and Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Membership to the continued growth of golf professionals in The Bahamas.
Two execs who obtained their assist had been Keno Turnquest and Raquel Riley, in line with a press release.
The BPGA mentioned Albany was instrumental in helping Keno Turnquest in acquiring a British PGA, Class AA Certification from the College of Birmingham whereas he labored at Albany.
He’s at the moment the primary assistant golf professional at Albany Bahamas.
In 2004, Turnquest began as an assistant golf skilled at The Abaco Membership underneath the tutelage of Tom Mackenzie.
He turned professional a yr later and throughout the subsequent 6 years, he received a number of occasions within the BPGA championships and was a part of the world cup qualifiers for The Bahamas.
In 2010, Turnquest joined Albany Bahamas as a providers supervisor and was promoted to assistant professional two years later.
Turnquest mentioned: “Acquiring my Class AA Certification was strenuous due to the written exams and having to play in 8 occasions a yr to take care of a sure golf common. Class AA is for licensed golf professionals who’re severe about working within the business.
“Apart from the sport, it has loads of components like enterprise administration, golf tools repairs, advertising, well being focus – physiology and biomechanics, finance, and buying.”
Turnquest added: “Albany is within the betterment of the tourism business and Bahamians, they usually wish to create an internationally famend product. I recognize the assist that I’ve obtained from Christopher Anand and Damien Mitchelmore for serving to to additional my training and profession.”
Raquel Riley began her profession at Bakers Bay in 2012. Whereas caddying for the Buccaneer Event, her proficiency caught the eye of golf director, Peter Whalen, who’s at the moment the Normal Supervisor.
In line with the assertion, Whalen employed her as the primary feminine golf professional at Bakers Bay to fill the function of assistant golf skilled.
Bakers Bay additional invested in Riley’s LPGA Membership Skilled Coaching.
At a younger age, Riley began golf underneath the tutelage of Vernon Lockhart. She graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Sports activities Administration at Hampton College, the place she performed for 4 years, incomes MVP in her junior and senior years.
She has additionally labored for the PGA Tour Championship in Houston, Texas, and it was throughout that yr that she earned expertise in all facets of match operations. For a couple of years, Riley performed professional golf on the Futures Tour touring round america, and captured her first victory in 2008 on the Magnolia Women Championship on the Solar Coast Women Tour in Florida.
Riley remained in South Florida educating and enjoying till returning house in 2010, the place she ran a junior golf program on the Ruby Golf Course in Freeport and caddied till shifting to Abaco.
“I really like golf,” she mentioned within the assertion.
“I grew up wanting as much as the Maycock brothers, Chris Lewis, and the late Percy Main, all of whom impressed me to take my recreation and golf data to the subsequent stage. Skilled golf is my life. I really feel that my function is to assist future golfers begin with the fitting fundamentals of the sport and be taught golf the fitting approach,” mentioned Riley.
Riley joined the BPGA in July and has stepped in to tackle the function of secretary.
Chris Lewis, president of the BPGA thanked Albany and Bakers Bay for his or her company sponsorships.
“Though COVID-19 has restricted us, we continued our work,” mentioned Lewis.
“Raquel is the primary feminine government committee member of the BPGA, and we’re really happy to have her illustration which is able to carry good variety and perspective.”
For extra details about the BPGA, please contact Chris Lewis at 242-727-1690 or by e mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.