The National Trust for the Cayman Islands’ annual Earth Day golf tournament at the North Sound Golf Club proved extra memorable for all involved when player Mike McDonald hit a hole-in-one to win a Wheego electric car.
“I was the first to tee-off and was simply looking to clear the lake and keep it in play,” said McDonald, an avid golfer and runner. “Initially, I thought it was all over as my ball hit the water 50 yards short of the green. But instead of sinking it skipped across the water, hit the bank, hopped over an iguana onto the green and dropped in the hole.
“We were in disbelief as to what had just happened but when the spotters on green signalled it was in, we started cheering and immediately headed over to see it for ourselves!”
McDonald’s hole in one on 19 April was particularly remarkable since hole No. 5 is one of the toughest on the 18-hole course.
“I have not heard of a hole-in-one on that hole,” said the North Sound Club’s Director of Golf Jason Deerwester. “And, in the 2.5 years I have been at the course, that is the first one in a charity tournament.”
This is the first year that the National Trust’s Earth Day golf tournament has had an electric car as a hole-in-one prize, an aptly Earth Day-themed vehicle supplied by local business Cayman Automotive.
“We were so delighted that Mike won the Wheego electric car with his impressive hole-in-one,” said company president John Felder. “At Cayman Automotive, we have spent many years promoting electric vehicles that provide a green alternative for drivers in Cayman, and for this to happen at the National Trust Earth Day golf tournament, which we proudly sponsored, could not have been more fitting. We hope this inspires more people in Cayman to consider choosing an electric vehicle.”
The National Trust is Cayman’s only non-governmental, nonprofit organisation dedicated to protecting the islands’ historic sites and environmental heritage.
The annual golf tournament represents a key fundraising event for the organisation, which in recent years has been facing increasing financial constraints due to budget cuts and economic factors. Titan Development of Keith Nicholson, Frank Packer, Jason Lovelock and John Fitzgibbons won the team event.
“We want to thank all of our players, including winning team Titan Development, and our many generous event sponsors who made this year’s tournament such a success, and congratulate Mike on his fantastic win,” said Danielle Vernon, the National Trust’s development and marketing coordinator.