The annual Rotary Golf Tournament, organised by the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman and sponsored by Scotiabank, took place recently.
Although organisers were concerned that the international economic slowdown might have a negative impact on the turnout for a charity event of this type, the tournament managed to draw a good field, much to the relief of event organiser John Felder.
‘The response from the people in the community who have come here to participate has just been overwhelming, even in a down market. That’s what really makes me feel good,’ said Felder.
Over 100 players participated in the event with over $150,000 being raised for charity.
‘The Meals on Wheels programme will get the bulk of the funds – that’s our greatest need, so therefore we try to put the greatest percentage of our money towards it,’ said Felder.
The event has also been fortunate to retain the same sponsor since inception.
‘We are very grateful to Scotiabank, who has been the key sponsor since inception. Anytime you’re doing a tournament like this you need a good sponsor, and Scotiabank has been right there with us.’
Several local businesses also sponsored holes. Cayman Automotive was one of those sponsors, with a $100,000 Chevrolet Corvette up for grabs for a hole in one on the tenth.
However, with a stiff breeze pushing in off North Sound, an ace was always going to be a tough ask and no one managed to drive away in the car.
The event drew golfers of all abilities, with the four-person scramble format allowing players of varying abilities to play together successfully.