Red Cross hits the links

The Cayman Islands Red Cross will cater to local golfers once again. 

With the sponsorship of RBC Royal Bank, the Red Cross it staging its 16th annual golf tournament. The North Sound Golf Club will host the action next Friday, Sept. 6, starting from 8 a.m. 

Red Cross director Jondo Obi said the competition is about helping the group benefit the local community. 

“The funds raised at the tournament are essential to support our mission of offering aid to community members who desperately need it,” Obi said. “We are extremely grateful for the support of RBC and for all of our sponsors and volunteers.” 

Proceeds from the tournament will aid four of the Red Cross’ main programs: disaster management, First Aid and CPR training, HIV and AIDS Education and the Thrift Shop, as well as volunteer development. 

The competition has an enduring appeal within the local golf community after a pair of legends graced these shores two years ago. In 2011, Nick Price and Mark McNulty visited and, in addition to tackling the tournament, the duo conducted golf clinics for both children and adults. Their presence attracted more than 230 golfers and about $63,000 being raised for the Red Cross. 

Last year’s edition was not shabby either, raising more than $40,000 and featuring more than 140 golfers. Among the notable performers last year was former national team member Trent Riggins. 

News of the competition comes after local golfers took part in a pair of regional tournaments this summer. The North Sound club hosted the 26th annual Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships last month and Cayman, which finished outside of the top five, featured an all-male rookie team. Earlier this month, Cayman competed in St. Thomas for the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships and ended up near the bottom of the standings. 

RBC check presentation

From left, Jondo Obi of the Red Cross receives a sponsorship cheque from Shane Storr of RBC as Annie Manderson of RBC looks on.