Taula continues golf partnership with Marist

Local firm Taula Beverage has announced the continuation of their partnership with the Marist Brothers in Golf Club and this includes their sponsorship of the Marist B.I.G Taula Twilight series which will kick off on 26 February.

Taula Beverages General Manager Enele Westerlund said the key to the development of sport is to harness the potential of players at the grassroots level, which he said is being achieved by the Marist B.I.G Golf Club through its Taxi–Junior Program.

“Marist B.I.G Golf Club is doing exactly this through its Taxi–Junior Program with  12 members registered for the junior program under the coaching of Asiata Van Wright,” he said.

“In addition, the club members aim to utilize daylight saving to develop their golfing skills, promote the game of golf and foster good relationships within the club.

"Through inspiration and positivity together we will be able to grow and develop the talents of the junior golf players.”

The Marist B.I.G Golf school was established in August 2018 with 11 founding members and has since then grown to 37 members who are currently registered.

The Taula Twilight Golf Series started with its initial tournament back in September 2019 when it teed off at Faleata golf course as an initiative by the Marist B.I.G (Brothers In Golf) Golf School. The tournament's purpose was to use daylight saving time to play a round of golf with the intention that the etiquette of the game of golf is held high at all times.

Mr Westerlund said the series was played every Thursday for five consecutive weeks where the overall prizegiving was held on the final week at Birdies Bar. 

Individual winners were selected from the men and women’s divisions each week during the tournament. The overall winner of each division will then be selected at the final week of competition where their top three scores are totaled and determine who wins the overall. 

The golf school that competes during the five-week competition also has an overall prize where the scores of their top five players are put together to determine. 

“During every series an average of 50 players per week have taken part since the series began," says Mr Westerlund.

He said the Taula Twilight Golf Series will again tee off on Thursday 25 February for its fourth series yet. 

The Marist B.I.G has since the beginning of the series invested in the development of golf, which Mr Westerlund described as one of the most successful developments courtesy of the Taxi Junior Programme which was initiated in January 2020.

"The program was taught by two Pro Golfers, Asiata Van Wright and Bob Malase from First Tee Samoa. 

“The Junior program started with the boys who used to Caddie at the Faleata Golf Course. “Since the start of the Programme, three of the boys have been granted scholarships for education in St. Joseph’s College, Alafua. 

“Fala Koroseta, who was part of the program was named the overall champion for the Third Taula Twilight Golf Series which was held in October 2020. 

“Marist B.I.G also wants to promote good etiquette and good relationships among golfers as part of the Taula Twilight Golf Series."

According to Mr Westerlund, he said they were happy to partner with the Marist B.I.G. Golf Club.

"We’re glad and excited to continue partnering with Marist B.I.G Golf Club as they have successfully raised enough to fund multiple scholarships for aspiring students.”

The Taxi Junior Program currently has twelve boys registered in the program. Taula Breweries has been the inaugural sponsor for the Taula Twilight Golf Series from its early days.

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