Million bucks stays putt

Cayman’s largest golf charity event saw its massive grand prize go uncollected.

When the sun set at the North Sound Golf Club on Friday 6 June, there was no clear cut winner. Fifteen golfers got a chance to shoot onto the 18th hole to putt for a million dollars.

However, none would go home a millionaire. All came up short, with many balls landing in the water and the rest in the sand traps around the hole.

Arguably the closest shot belonged to renowned local amateur Robert Chilman. Chilman had a perfect arch and finish on his swing but his ball landed on the rough just outside putting range.

The hunt for the million dollar payoff was the highlight of the Million Dollar Shootout golf charity event. The tournament was home to a full day of golf as over 100 golfers started play as early as 8am.

The field was comprised of mostly corporate squads. Representatives from a barrage of local business entities were on hand including BCQS, Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital and Coldwell Banker.

In spite of the novice vibe to the event, a fair amount of amateurs came out to the greens. Among the more notable ones were Robert Chilman and Samantha Widmer.

The Shootout was put on as a means to raise awareness of Cayman Crime Stoppers. Having been in Cayman since 1993, the non-profit organization recently changed its logo and its board of directors.

The awards ceremony that evening also drew a considerable amount of community figures. Among them was Chamber of Commerce CEO Wil Pineau, Caribbean Utilities Company Limited President Richard Hew and acting Police Commissioner David George.

Even though no one walked away with six figures to their name, many won some great prizes. Among them were a golf bag and club set, new Nike golf shoes and gift certificates for local businesses such as Red Sail Sports.

The complete list of winners, along with the total amount of money raised by the Shootout, was not available at press time.

The ceremony also featured a barbecue catered by Edoardo’s Restaurant. Among the food available was conch fritters, hamburgers and lasagna.

Local businessman and Cayman Crime Stoppers Chairman Stuart Bostock was upbeat about the fundraiser. He said that the event was well supported by the corporate community and it will allow Cayman to reacquaint itself with Crime Stoppers.

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