Earlier this month, the Baltic Exchange Golf Society held its first golf tournament in the USA. Reporting from Houston, Texas, Baltic Exchange USA Representative, Paul Mazzarulli, reports.
“On October 25, as part of the increased focus on the U.S. maritime community broadly, and the tanker sector specifically, the Baltic Exchange hosted its first-ever Texas golf outing, an event poised to become an annual tradition in the industry.
Despite course conditions more suited to wellies than spikes, an eclectic group of shooters convened on The Golf Club of Houston, Humble, for a memorable day in a Texas scramble format.
Turnout exceeded expectations, requiring last-minute alterations in pairs & foursomes, while still matching handicaps as well as professional interests. Participants included ExxonMobil, AET, Heidmar, Gulfstream, MJLF, Shell, Navig8, Hafnia, Gunvor, Repsol, SSY, Unipec, Maersk Tankers, Steem1960, and Blank Rome LLP.
Notable achievements included longest drive by Tim Toohey from MJLF, best drive from the rough by Gunvor’s Ryan Lynch, the most points for style going to Mikkel Jebjerg of Maersk Tankers, the “Scotty Smalls” award for Nathan Huynh of AET and worst attire to The Baltic’s own James Pendered.
On the course, and during the day prior at the Baltic US Advisory Council meeting, key topics of discussion were US crude exports, the recent run-up in crude tanker rates, TD9 strength, the impact of tariffs, and bunker fuel spec changes.
With the golf outing a success, stand by for additional events in the future, geared to our American clients, members, and panelists. Participant feedback & suggestions are always welcome!”