The eleventh annual Red Cross Golf Tournament took place on Friday 12 September at the North Sound Club.
Although a week later than originally anticipated due to the influence of Hurricane Gustav, the wait did not dull the competitive spirit of the golfers one bit.
The format of the event featured a four man scramble, with the first wave teeing off at 8am in a shotgun start.
Another fully booked wave teed off at 1pm to round out a fabulous day of fundraising for the Cayman Islands Red Cross.
The patron of the Cayman Islands Red Cross, Governor Stuart Jack, opened the event, while Gil Plamondon of sponsor Royal Bank of Canada hit the first ball.
The Royal Bank of Canada has been the title sponsor of the event since its inception in 1998, and over that time approximately $350,000 has been raised for the Red Cross.
‘RBC would like to thank all the golfers who participated in this tournament as well as the sponsors who continue to support this annual event,’ said Perry Rombough of RBC.
‘A special thanks goes out to Peter Milburn and his team of hard working volunteers who made the tournament such a success.
‘We value our relationship with the Red Cross and look forward to sponsoring this tournament again next year.’
According to the organisers 160 golfers took part in the 2008 edition of the event, which raised around CI$30,000 for the Cayman Islands Red Cross.
‘The money will go to various aspects of the Red Cross’ operations in Cayman. Disaster preparedness and keeping up our efforts in that field will probably be the focus, as will restocking our containers in the Brac and Little Cayman,’ said Peter Milburn organiser of the event and chairman of the CIRC.
The tournament is legendary for its excellent prizes and this year was no exception.
Three cars were on offer as hole in one prizes on certain holes, with GT Automotive sponsoring a BMW, Car City a Honda and Arch Automotive an Audi. RBC also sponsored $10,000 for a hole in one.
‘Sad to say no one won any of them this time around but there is always next year,’ smiled Milburn.
The day’s events came to a close with a barbeque and prize giving, with food donated by Foster’s Food Fair, who have been involved since the first tournament.
Progressive Distributors, Bodden Beverages and Kirk Beverages donated water and soft drinks, while Cayman Distributors and Jacques Scott also contributed to the cause.
In spite of the fun atmosphere, there was some serious competition out on course, with Lee Webb, Mike Lawrenson, Jeff Mansi and Dave Harmaman finishing the day as the top team.
Adrian Briggs, Bill Edwards, Pat Kenney and Duke Sullivan took the runner-up position.
Mat Wight took the men’s long drive title, and along with it a men’s watch sponsored by Columbian Emeralds, while Nitti Howe claimed the women’s long drive title.
Wight also walked away with the closest to the pin prize, which was a gold coin sponsored by 24K-Mon Jewellers.
In the true spirit of the event, even the losers were winners, with the last-placed team taking home four rounds of golf donated by Brittania, with North Sound Club also donating free rounds of golf.
With all the additional training, it would not be surprising to see the team much higher up the rankings come the 2009 edition of the tournament.
‘We thank all the sponsors for their kind donations to the day’s event,’ said Milburn.
‘My personal thanks to all the hole sponsors and once again to the Royal Bank of Canada for helping to make this event such a great success each year, and last but not least my thanks to the North Sound Club and to the tireless volunteers from the Red Cross.’