Saturday, January 29, 2011

Mayakoba Classic hosts world's largest golf lesson

By Special to PGATOUR.COM

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mèxico -- Sunday the Mayakoba Golf Classic took a powerful golf swing into the Guinness World Records by hosting the largest ever Golf Lesson at the practice facility of El Camaleón Golf Club.

The tournament hosted 1,073 people at one of its six monthly sessions of Golf PARa Todos, or Golf FORE Everyone. The four-year golf educational program has been a tremendous success with attendance soaring near 1,000 each session.

The attendance, witnessed by officials from Guinness, surpassed the old record of 1,032 people recognized by Guinness World Records on Oct. 9, 2010, at Pine Valley, Beijing, China.

"This was one of the most incredible things I have participated in my career, said PGA TOUR player Esteban Toledo, who conducted the clinic. "I have given golf clinics before maybe 400 people. But never in front of over a thousand people. At one point, I was a little bit nervous because I wanted to make sure we broke the record but also learned something as well."

Golf FORE Everyone aims to create a fun-filled, diverse and educational program that teaches about the game of golf and its ideals. The program encourages active participation in the game as a participant and as a fan, and facilitates the integration of golf into the lives of all those within the community. Golf FORE Everyone is a monthly community program presented and created by the Mayakoba Golf Classic in conjunction with El Camaleón Golf Club. It is open to people of all ages, backgrounds and levels of golf skill or knowledge. For more information, visit

The Mayakoba Golf Classic is celebrating its fifth year on the PGA TOUR. Past champions are: Fred Funk, Brian Gay, Mark Wilson and Cameron Beckman.

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