Golf cart race drags in funds for charities


The “Great Race for Grace” raised more than US$63,000 to support Feed Our Future and the Frances Bodden Girls Home on Sunday. 

“The event was very successful,” said Tom Sperandeo, the event coordinator. “Close to 300 people attended the golf cart race and everyone had a really good time.”  

Mr. Sperandeo said the organizers plan to hold the race again since several local businesses have expressed interest for next year. 

At Kirk supermarket’s parking lot on Sunday, eight participants raced their carts around a circuit after the starting gun was fired. 

Mr. Sperandeo and his son Tommy won first place; Andreas Greve-Isdahl was second, and Minister for Sports Osbourne Bodden was third.  

The best golf cart in show went to Mark VanDevelde. 

The other cart racers were James Bergstrom, Tabitha Crowley, Erik Henriksen and John-Kaare Aune. 

Minister Bodden said it was a great racing event and as minister he plans to continue to support the race. He congratulated the students, sponsors and all those involved with the project. 

Two golf carts, designed and built by students from the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre, were auctioned on Friday for $15,000 and $16,000, respectively. Mr. Henriksen of the Aqua Nirvana Foundation agreed to match the money raised.  

The project is a joint effort of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, Five Mile Capital, Aqua Nirvana and the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre. 

Andreas Greve-Isdahl, in lead, came in second place, with Sports Minister Osbourne Bodden coming in third.


Competitors line up with their golf carts before the ‘Great Race for Grace’ on Sunday at the Kirk Market car park. – PHOTOS: MAGGIE JACKSON


Racer Erik Henriksen celebrates in the traditional way of race-car drivers by pouring a bottle of champagne over his head. – PHOTO: MAGGIE JACKSON


Racers hit the ‘track.’