History of the Polonia Open Tournament
The original tournament was organized by a group of Polish-American sports fans associated with the Riverdale Tennis of New York and the Polish American Golf Association (PAGA). The origins of the tournament go back to 1998, when Arthur Bobko came forth with the idea, securing support of a number of Florida sports aficionados.
The first Polonia Open tournament was held in 2001. in Sarasota as an event gathering 74 players from the U.S., Poland, Canada, England and Germany. The tournament had a very high level of sports competition, and the final was a real hit of tennis season. The organizers had prepared many additional attractions for the participants, including a golf tournament, attended by 18 people. This idea immediately met with great enthusiasm and support of the golfers. As a result, the golf tournament has become a permanent part of Polonia Open tournament and in 2003, yielding an equivalent status of the event. Over 60 golfers attended, including many well-known Polish-American and Polish National players.
In 2004, after moving to the east coast, the golf tournament reached the magic number of 120 players. This happened earlier than expected and all future events are planned for the Enchanted number of 120 players (golf) at which the organizers want to stay, despite the fact that from 2005 players were already signed on the waiting list.
The event was enthusiastically received by both players and sponsors. Since then PAGA under the Chair of Pawel Gasior decided to host the annual golf tournament along side tennis. PAGA has a great deal of experience not only in organizing the Polonia Open but many other just as important tournaments such as US POLSAT CUP or PENN Classic, NJ Classic, CT Open, Zywiec Cup. etc. The Polonia Open has proven to be one of the best organized sports events of the Polish American Community. This statement can be supported by the fact that PAGA received the recognition from the Olympic Committee of Poland for the propagation of Polish sports activities around the world. It is said that quantity does not always affect quality, and perhaps because of this, this tournament has become one of the most important sporting events in the Polish-American world. It is the hope of the organizers that the success of the tournament contributes to the foundation of a Polish-American Sports Center in Florida, which would benefit both Polish Americans and sports people from Poland. Everyone interested in such venture is requested to contact the organizers of Polonia Open Tournament.
2001 – Cypress Creek Golf Club, Ruskin, FL & Waterford Golf Club, Venice, FL
2002 – Heron Creek Golf & Country Club, North Port, FL
2003 – The Preserve Golf Club, Bradenton FL
2004 – Breakers West Country Club, West Palm Beach, FL
2005 – Breakers West Country Club, West Palm Beach, FL
2006 – Palm Beach Polo Golf & Country Club, Wellington, FL
2007 – Palm Beach Polo Golf & Country Club, Wellington, FL
2008 – PGA Golf Club, Port St. Lucie, FL
2009 – PGA Golf Club, Port St. Lucie, FL
2010 – Tesoro Golf and Country Club, Port St. Lucie, FL
2011 – The Fountains Country Club, Lake Worth, FL
2012 – The Fountains Country Club, Lake Worth, FL
2013 – The Fountains Country Club, Lake Worth, FL
2014 – The Fountains Country Club, Lake Worth, FL
2015 – The Fountains Country Club, Lake Worth, FL
2016 – Heron Bay Golf & Country Club, Coral Springs, FL
2017 – Jacaranda Golf Club, Plantation, FL
2018 – The Fountains Country Club, Lake Worth, FL
2019 – The Fountains Country Club, Lake Worth, FL & Indian Spring Country Club, Boynton Beach, FL
2020 – Trump National Doral Golf Club, Miami, FL
2021 – Indian Spring CC / The Fountains CC, Boynton Beach, FL
2022 – Trump National Doral Miami, FL
Champions of previous events
|2002||Beliczynski Chris||New York||USA|
|2011||Baczyk Janusz||New Jersey||USA|
|2014||Baczyk Janusz||New Jersey||USA|
|2015||Baczyk Janusz||New Jersey||USA|
|2018||Baczyk Janusz||New Jersey||USA|
|2001||Zemankova Jana||Praha||Czech Rep.|
|2002||Zemankova Jana||Praha||Czech Rep.|
|2014||Swatowska Gina||New Jersey||USA|
Amateur athlete, golfer, tennis player, founder and president of the Polish American Golf Association for whose golf is how he defines “Way to Life.” Not regretting his free time, which really isn’t there, for everything related to sport and in recent years, above all, golf and tennis.
Senior corporate finance executive by profession, avid golfer and a longtime PAGA member and organizer (former Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary). Associated with Polonia Open for over 15 years and involved in tournament’s various organizational and technical aspects.
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