Little Leaguers boosted by Kirk Freeport’s event

Little League starts again after the festive season and the tiny baseball players will not have to worry about resources partly thanks to the fundraising efforts of Kirk Freeport in their revived golf tournament.

Gerry Kirkconnell, managing director of Kirk Freeport Plaza, and the main sponsor at the North Side Club on Friday, was enthused by the turn out. It was held at the course and formerly called Links at SafeHaven and is now owned by Ritz-Carlton developer Michael Ryan.

The format was a four-man ‘scramble’. Twenty-four teams competed which was a little less than normal because golf carts were not available. They won’t take ownership of the luxurious carts until next week.

The winning team was Richie Singleton, Tony Attenborough, Marty Livingston and Grant Jackson. They had a gross score of 62 which boiled down to 50.75 net when the handicap kicked in.

Kirkconnell was pleased with the way things went after a four year absence. He said: ‘I think it went quite well. We were a little worried earlier because we had some rain, but it turned out to be quite a nice day, even though a little windy. This is a fund raising event and the proceeds go to the Little League. We sponsor everything so all the fees collected go 100 per cent to Little League.

‘It’s an annual thing but we haven’t had it since Hurricane Ivan (2004) because Rolex insisted that it had to be a full 18-hole golf course so we had everything planned and ready a couple of years but we didn’t go through with it because the course wasn’t ready. I think the golf course is great and hope that it is here for many years to come despite the recent owner change.’

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