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Dec. 27, 2018 - Jan 2, 2019

8th Annual American Express Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Raises Significant Funds For Local Charities


unta Mita, Mexico celebrated four days of golf and culinary experiences to raise funds for Lorena Ochoa Foundation and Punta Mita Hospital Foundation Golf legends Lorena Ochoa and Craig “The Walrus” Stadler faced off in Punta Mita Golf Challenge tradition Punta Mita, Mexico, December, 14, 2018 – Punta Mita Resort, Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort and the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau hosted the 8th annual American Express Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf event from November 29 to December 2, 2018. As part of event tradition, an online auction raised $91,703.00 to benefit the Lorena Ochoa Foundation and the Punta Mita Hospital Foundation. The Lorena Ochoa Foundation “Ayudar Es Posible” raises funds for children and teenagers with social and economic disadvantages. In total, Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf has raised over USD $500,000 for a variety of charities in its eight impactful years. “This year’s event was the best yet with a record number of participants, special guest Top Model Alexandra Ambrosio, the first American Express Platinum House in Mexico and most important we raised over $80,000 for our 2 charities, the Lorena Ochoa Foundation and the Punta Mita Hospital Foundation”, says Carl Emberson, Marketing and Operatings Director of Punta Mita. Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf drew over 450 guests over four days of exceptional culinary experiences with more than 20 featured chefs, innovative mixology featuring tequila and mezcal, wine tasting programs, and epic golfing on two signature Jack Nicklaus golf courses. The event’s three main features – food, spirits and golf – were beautifully featured throughout the gated, iconic beach resort community just 40 minutes from Puerto Vallarta. The two-day Punta Mita Cup festivities kicked off on Thursday, November 29th with Mexico’s most famed golfer, Lorena Ochoa, considered the best Mexican golfer of all time, who faced off against Craig “The Walrus” Stadler, for the traditional Punta Mita Golf Challenge. Participants were then treated to an inaugural cocktail party at The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort presented by Aeroméxico-Delta Airlines, the

official airline sponsor of the event. The resort’s talented culinary team, together with guest chefs John Signorelli from The St. Regis Houston, Erik Guerrero from DOS Restaurant in Veracruz and Alex Branch from Hakasana Group in Los Cabos, welcomed guests with an array of culinary delights, along with mixologists creating signature cocktails from Grey Goose and Tequila Patrón. On Friday the 30th, 200 golfers played Punta Mita’s two Jack Nicklaus Signature golf courses, overlooking Banderas Bay, while non-golfers enjoyed culinary experiences from chefs Abraham Salum, Alfredo Villanueva, Leslie Durso in beautiful settings throughout Punta Mita. In addition, guests enjoyed the American Express Platinum House®, an exclusive space for wine tastings and cooking classes in American Express style. In the evening, guest chefs Antonio de Livier, Andrew Ormsby, Atzin Santos, Angel Vázquez, Betty Vázquez, Alexander Branch and Erik Guerrero delighted with exquisite menus in their own unique styles. “Day Two” of the tournament continued with more food, drink and play on the Pacifico and Bahia courses. The golf tournament concluded with the Tequila Patrón Cup Prizegiving Luncheon on Saturday, December 1. This year

winners included: Juan Rosales and David Rosales in the men’s division, Lisa Mahoney and Katie Hollern in the women’s category, and Ricardo Escamilla and Lucero Rosales in the mixed set. Each were awarded with exquisite pieces of art glass hand-made by Studio Orfeo Quagliata. This year’s 8th edition of the American Express Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf featured the destination’s most celebrated resident chefs: Pato Pérsico, Executive Chef Punta Mita Beach Clubs; Jorge González, Executive Chef, Esther Sánchez, Chef Aramara Restaurant, Sandra Herrera, Chef Bahía Restaurant, from the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita culinary team. Participating chefs from The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort include Manuel Peruyero, Executive Chef, Sous-Executive Chef Angelina Ramos, Tamsy Guillen, Pastry Chef, Miguel Soltero, Sous-Chef Carolina Restaurant, Julio Curiel, Chef Sea Breeze and Mita Mary Boat Bistro. Punta Mita thanks the sponsors of the 8th edition of the American Express Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf: American Express, Tequila Patrón, Chubb Insurance, Grey Goose, Aeroméxico-Delta Airlines, Las Marietas, Monte Xanic, Bocanegra Beer, Golf Digest, Golf Channel Latam, Adidas, TaylorMade, Ronda Pro and Bridgestone Golf.

The Punta Mita Golf Academy Tom Stickney

"Tom F. Stickney II is the Director of Instruction and Business Development at Punta Mita, ( He is a Golf Magazine “Top 100 Teacher,” and has been honored as a Golf Digest Best Teacher and a Golf Tips Top-25 Instructor. Tom is also a Trackman University Master/Partner, a distinction held by less than 15 people in the world. For more information please email:"

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Issue 1134, December 27 - January 2 , 2018  

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico The Vallarta Tribune is the longest running free English language newspaper in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. We publish w...