Golfers from around the World Attended the Montecristo Cup in Varadero









The fourth edition of the Montecristo Golf Cup, held April 19-21, 2012 at the Varadero Golf Club in Cuba’s Varadero, was no doubt a moment to feast eyes on.

This year the Montecristo Golf Cup gathered a hundred players from different countries and doled out prizes in a number of categories, in which the Montecristo Cup, by far the most coveted prize up for grabs, went to Canada’s Jim Howars.

Also and for the first time ever, the Varadero Golf Cup was handed to the best female player, going in its premiere edition to Cuba’s Annia Blanco.








Like in the three previous editions, the Montecristo Golf Cup featured players from such countries as France, Italy, Spain, UK, Japan, Germany, Andorra, Cuba, Russia, Canada and Vietnam, among others.

In the Gentlemen’s First Category, the undisputed winner was Jim Howars, who walked away with the Montecristo Cup, a Cuervo & Sobrinos watch and a box of Montecristo Open Eagle habanos.

Howars was escorted by Cuba’s Guillermo Herrera, who, in addition to the Montecristo Cup, was presented with a Montecristo Open Eagle habano box and a plane ticket courtesy of Air Europa.







For the first time this year, the Varadero Golf Cup for women went to Cuba’s Annia Blanco. Spain’s Anna Picket and fellow Cuban player Iliuska William finished second and third, respectively.

Legendary British golfer Tony Jacklin attended the Montecristo Golf Cup this year as a special guest.

Mr. Jacklin was an active player for the Great Britain and Ireland team, back in the 1960s and 70s, and became captain of Team Europe in the 1980s. His reaped major wins at the British Open and the Ryder Cup.

Up to 2010, Mr. Jacklin had remained as the only European golfer ever to win the U.S. Open when he grabbed the top honors in 1970.

Last year during the third edition of the Montecristo Cup, Jacklin praised the event’s organization and level, as well as the quality of habanos –he owned up to be a staunch lover of those gems, especially such brands as Cohiba and Montecristo itself.

Mr. Jacklin admitted he likes puffing on habanos even after playing a particularly tight golf match. To him, he said, that’s a moment of special pleasure.

Each year, the Montecristo Cup draws the attention of golfers and lovers of Cuban habanos. The event is directly sponsored by Habanos S.A. and counts on other organizers, such as Palmares S.A. –the entity in charge of golf tournaments in Cuba- and the Grupo Esencia.

In addition to the golf competition, attendees to this year’s edition also enjoyed a pairing match between Auchentoshan whisky and the Montecristo No. 2 habano vitola, led by a couple of prestigious and well-known habanosommeliers from Varadero.

The three previous editions brought together golfers from France, Italy, Korea, Spain, Great Britain, Japan, Germany, Andorra, Cuba and Russia, among other nations.

In the same breath, those editions have featured top golfers like South Africa’s Ernie Els, Spain’s Alvaro Quiros and UK’s Tony Jacklin, all world-class PGA players.sit