Charity golf tournament a swinging success

The annual golf tournament, presented by the Cayman Islands Red Cross and long-time sponsor, Royal Bank of Canada, took place last Sunday.

With two tee-off times – 8am and 1pm – there was plenty of golf played by all. Forty teams of four golfers registered in total, amounting to 160 players, who paid a registration fee of CI$150 each, or $600 for a team.

The presence of the Central Florida International Chamber of Commerce was also welcomed. The CFICC had conducted an advertising campaign on behalf of the golf tournament in the period leading up to the tournament to encourage golfers in Florida to attend. Cristen Salerno, CEO of the CFICC, flew to Cayman to attend the event.

This advertising campaign was joined by Cayman Airways and the Florida Golf Central Magazine, the number one monthly glossy golf magazine in Florida. Representatives of the magazine, including Angi Perretti, who will be writing a follow-up to the event in June’s issue of the magazine, also attended the tournament.

Chairman of the Cayman Islands Red Cross Peter Milburn and Director Jondo Obi attended the CFICC’s meeting in Florida in early May. The funds raised at that meeting – a total of US$1,200 – were then donated to Mrs. Obi at the tournament’s post-play barbecue.

The event itself was full of fun and prizes. Although they went unclaimed, Car City offered three SUVs as prizes should anyone hit a hole-in-one. A raffle produced numerous prizes from various companies on the island who had generously donated items.

In addition, a balloon sale took place at the barbecue, in which attendees could pay $5 for a balloon, inside of which was a guaranteed prize or a raffle ticket.

Prizes for the top five teams of the day were also presented. The winning team consisted of Perry Rombough, Collin Reid, Dave Pellow and Bob Dyrda, who, in a welcomed turn of events, were representing the event’s sponsor, Royal Bank of Canada.

The high point of the evening was the game Heads and Tails, which everyone, including Red Cross volunteers, were invited to play. It involved everyone standing up and choosing either heads, by placing their hands on their heads, or tails, by placing their hands on their backs.

A coin was then tossed, and people were asked to sit down if they had chosen incorrectly. The competition was quickly whittled down to just two players. In the end, hard-working Red Cross volunteer Herfer Hyde won the prize of two Cayman Airways tickets to any location.

Ms Hyde jumped for joy and immediately called all of her closest friends. Mrs. Obi confirmed that the prize was well-deserved. ‘Herfer volunteers tirelessly, and, for example, has been up since 5am today, working hard in the hot sun all day. I’m extremely pleased for her.’

Master of Ceremonies Andrew Bacon emphasised that the evening could not have taken place without the support of the many corporate sponsors. In addition to donating prizes for the raffle, companies sponsored holes on the Britannia Golf Course at the Hyatt Hotel, where the tournament was played.

The event was catered by Mise en Place, and the food was donated by Foster’s Food Fair. Celebration’s donated the balloons, while Progressive Distributors Ltd donated Gatorade for the golfers.

Carolina Ferreira, Programs Manager for the Red Cross, commented on the day’s success. ‘It really was a great event, and we are looking forward to next year’s. We are always trying to do something a little different to keep making the event better each time, and it’s always wonderful to hear people tell us how much fun it was.’

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