The Playa Azul Invitational tournament was started in 2007 under the pretext as a birthday celebration for Fernando Beristain, by Fernando and two or three of his golf buddies.  The first event had 30 golfers.  Over the years, the tournament has grown to include 80 players, including close to 25 Women, each of the last two years.  Since there were also 14 Local Golfers that participated this year, the tournament has now been upgraded to an International event.  Several couples participate in the tournament and most of the golfers make a vacation of the event, staying on average 5 nights and playing golf almost every day, not only on tournament days.

Many of these folks also visit Cozumel during different times of the year, not just for the tournament.  These folks rent cars, eat at local restaurants, buy tours and, of course, play lots of golf!  With the exception of our Local Golfers, everyone stays at Playa Azul hotel for the week.  Local businesses donate some of the tournament prizes while the rest come from the entry fee that every player pays.  The event has become a yearly gathering of golf buddies and friends of Cozumel and it is expected to continue to grow and improve every year.  For more information, or to check out the photos from the tournament, check out the Cozumel Country Club on facebook.

Benny Campos is the Manager for the Cozumel Country Club.  When not on the links, he can be found with his camera capturing beautiful images of Cozumel. 

This story originally appeared in the weekly Cozumel 4 You NEWS – the island’s number one source of positive information about our island!  Be sure and subscribe to the weekly NEWS to find out all the island events!…

Laura Wilkinson

Author at Cozumel 4 You
An ex-Connecticut Yankee who has called Cozumel home for over 18 years, Laura ran away to the Caribbean years ago, bumped around the islands teaching SCUBA diving, lost some time in Jamaica, and finally stopped in Cozumel for a 2 week vacation that hasn’t ended yet. With a degree in Journalism from a fancy private college she convinced her parents to pay for, Laura writes, edits, and creates the weeklyCozumel 4 You news,social media, and promotional articles about the island, as well as moderates the Cozumel 4 You Facebook group, which currently has over 25,000 members. Her long suffering husband, Fabian, has long since resigned himself to having zero private life, as he’s been involved in her various schemes and plots since his arrival. Proud parents to a variety of rescue dogs and cats, Laura continues to be the bane of her traditional Mexican mother-in-law’s existence, as she muses her way through life in the Mexican Caribbean.
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Una ex yanqui de Connecticut quien llama hogar a Cozumel desde hace más de 15 años. Laura escapó al Caribe hace años, desplazándose de una isla a otra dando clases de BUCEO. Se dedicó a perder el tiempo en Jamaica y finalmente se detuvo en Cozumel para pasar unas vacaciones de 2 semanas que aún no terminan. Convenciendo a sus padres que pagaran una elegante universidad privada, obtuvo su título en Periodismo y Laura crea semanalmente Cozumel 4You, medios sociales y artículos promocionales sobre la Isla y también es moderadora en el grupo Cozumel 4 You en Facebook que actualmente cuenta con 25,000 miembros. Fabián, s umuy tolerante marido, desde hace mucho tiempo se resignó a no tener vida privada, pues se ha visto implicado en los diversos proyectos y planes que urde Laura. Son orgullosos padres de diversos perros y gatos rescatados. Mientras contempla su paso a través de la vida en el Caribe mexicano,Laura continúa siendo la pesadilla en la existencia de su muy tradicional suegra mexicana.

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