Catholic scramble

Friday marks the latest event on
the local golf scene as the St. Ignatius Golf
Scramble gets under way.

The North Sound Golf Club will be a
hub of activity after the 1pm shotgun start. Some 80 adult players are slated
to hit the links in teams of four.

All will be playing for a number of
prizes made possible by the local business community. Topping the list is GT
Automotive who are offering a new car for a hole-in-one on a selected

Other prizes can also be won
through competitions such as closest to the pin, longest drive, putting and
best dressed golfer.

Aside from GT Automotive the corporate
sponsors for this event include Eric Cronier Ltd, ScotiaBank, Jen International
Insurance, Grant Thornton, Chrissie
Tomlinson Hospital
and Reflections.

All proceeds from the event will
benefit a plethora of programs at the St. Ignatius (Catholic) church and
school. In particular the church is looking to renovate its West Bay
facility (Christ the Redeemer church) and collect funds for the Stella Maris
church in Cayman Brac.

The school meanwhile hopes to
develop its art, music and library initiatives on Walkers Road.

Friday’s event is the first major
golf tournament since the Yellow Pages Open last month. As tournament organizer
and Catholic staff member Jeremy Rice states the tournament can help the
sport’s popularity in Cayman.

“Although golf is not considered
one of Cayman’s ‘major’ sports, it has grown in popularity and we now have
three courses.  It is a sport that people can play their entire life, so
it has great health benefits.  It is also another attraction for a certain
percentage of the tourist market. 

“Kevin Mumford at the North Sound
Club has been working hard to develop golf here and hopefully he and others in
the community can see the tournament as another step forward for the sport.”