Residents hit the links to raise $44,000 for Red Cross

A golfing tournament held earlier this month raised more than $44,000 for the Cayman Islands Red Cross. 

More than 140 golfers took part in the 17th Annual Charitable Golf Tournament on Oct. 3, in which money was raised through entry fees, raffle items, hole sponsorships, and a putting contest sponsored by RBC Royal Bank.  

The event featured a four-man scramble format with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Michael Munnings, country head and area vice president, personal banking, at RBC Royal Bank, opened the event by thanking the Cayman Island Red Cross for its role in the community.  

“The Red Cross makes a difference in our local community – day in and day out,” he said. “Today’s turnout is an awesome display of our community pulling together to raise funds so the Red Cross can continue to do what it does so well – provide much-needed services to families and individuals in our community.”  

Director of the Cayman Islands Red Cross Jondo Obi said, “We sincerely thank all of our sponsors, golfers and volunteers for making this year’s tournament a huge success. We could not succeed without the combined efforts of all involved.  

“The money raised will directly and immediately benefit our local programs and activities.”  

The golf tournament’s title sponsors, RBC Royal Bank and RBC Wealth Management, also announced their plans to sponsor the CIRC’s Dinner/Dance Gala in May 2015, which is Red Cross month.  

The golf tournament concluded with a prize-giving ceremony where the top teams were recognized.  

The winning teams were:  

1st Prize – Chris Johnson & Associates (Graham Robinson, Russell Homer, Michael Mulligan and Ben Hobden)  

2nd Prize – Friends of the Red Cross (Ken Crowley, Duke Sullivan, Jim Beisel and Billy Edwards) 

3rd Prize – AETNA (Dan MacLean, Seamus Tivnan, Ron Sulisz and James O’Brien) 

Prizes were also awarded to the following individuals:  

Ball closest to the pin: Hole 1–Don Gary; Hole 5–Don Gary; and Hole 9–Sebastien Guilbard.  

Long drive contest: Colin Masterton in the men’s division and Tori Taylor in the women’s division.  

Hole-in-one prizes were a 2015 BMW 316i sponsored by GT Automotive and 2015 Mercedes GLA sponsored by Car City. The raffle prize was a special RBC golf bag, autographed by Brandt Snedeker. In addition, Foster’s Food Fair IGA donated food for the barbecue, which was prepared by Mise en Place. 

“We look forward to continuing our work in the community due to the generous support of those involved with this event,” said Mrs. Obi. 

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Michael A. Munnings of RBC Royal Bank, left, and Andrew McCartney of RBC Wealth Management, right, congratulate tournament winners and their sponsors, from second from left, Graham Robinson, Ben Hobden, Richard Mottershead, Brendan Rainonen and Russell Homer.