In tensely battled affair, Walkers wins Chamber Golf Classic

The ten finalists in the Campbell’s million dollar shootout.

The 2016 Masters may have taken place over the weekend, but all eyes in Cayman were on the annual Chamber Golf Classic.

Mother Nature caused disruption for the tournament this year, with the event being postponed twice due to inclement weather, but the Classic finally got under way on Friday at North Sound Golf Club.

There was an array of prizes to be won, ranging from those being raffled to those offered during the hole-in-one challenges, and there was also the biggest prize of all – pride and bragging rights – for the overall Classic winners.

It was a tensely battled affair, but Walkers came out on top after shooting an impressive 50.3. The runner-up spot also made for tense viewing, as Gold sponsor Rubis narrowly beat Calderwood with a 52.8 to their 53.0.

Prizes galore

As every year, there were several opportunities for those participating on Friday to win big with hole-in-one attempts. Potential prizes this year included a 2016 KIA Sorento SUV and a Cartier Watch, as well as Campbell’s award of one million dollars. Unfortunately, there were to be no winners this time around, although one shot came nail-bitingly close after falling only several feet away.

In one of this year’s more unique and exciting rounds, the “Closest to the iPhone Challenge,” James Stephen was the lucky golfer who managed to chip in closest, claiming a new iPhone in the process.

Chamber of Commerce President Paul Pearson, third from right, and James Bovell of platinum sponsor RE/MAX with the golfers in the winning team, from left, Andrew Morrison, David Griffin, Barnaby Gowrie and Matthew Goucke.
Chamber of Commerce President Paul Pearson, third from right, and James Bovell of platinum sponsor RE/MAX with the golfers in the winning team, from left, Andrew Morrison, David Griffin, Barnaby Gowrie and Matthew Goucke.

In another challenge, an executive physical in Miami worth $1,300 was won by Heather Anderson.

The evening settled down with a buffet dinner and, once the official welcome had been made, the raffle began. There were some hot ticket items up for grabs, including the likes of a Samsung Galaxy Tablet and a one-year membership for Wyndham Reef Resort’s Staycation Club. Frank Fleiger walked away with the grand raffle prize of the night when his winning ticket was called during the presentation of a Cartier watch worth $2,500.

Other big winners on the day included the likes of Debbie Baraud who won twice, hitting her ball closest to the pin on the 9th, as well as driving her ball the furthest on the 14th. Her two outstanding shots won her a Seiko watch and some John Hardy jewelry.

The classic returns on Nov. 4. Contact Nicola at [email protected] or 345-743-9129 for more information.

Winners and prizes

1st Place: Walkers (50.3)
• David Griffin
• Andrew Morrison
• Matthew Goucke
• Barnaby Gowrie

1st Place prizes: Waterford Crystal Award; case of Stella Artois beer; $200 Pro Shop gift certificate; $200 Kirk Freeport gift certificate; Wyndham Reef Resort staycation membership

2nd Place: Rubis (52.8)
• Henrice DuPlessis
• Richard Hew
• Eustace Jeffers
• Michael Wight

2nd Place prizes: Rum certificate courtesy of Cayman Spirits Company; $150 Kirk Freeport gift certificate; $100 Pro Shop gift certificate

3rd Place: Calderwood (53.0)
• Russell Burt
• Nick Gaze
• Ronan Guilfoyle
• Keith Nicholson

3rd Place prizes: Caybrew gift vouchers; $80 Pro Shop gift certificate; $100 Kirk Freeport gift certificate

Closest to the Pin Female – Hole 1: Cindy Oostvogels (David Yurman jewelry)
Closest to the Pin Male – Hole 5: Tom Dillon (Tag Heuer watch)
Closest to the Pin Female – Hole 9: Debbie Baraud (Seiko watch)
Closest to the Pin Male – Hole 11: Ronan Guilfoyle (John Hardy jewelry)
Longest Drive Male – Hole 2: Conor MacHugh (David Yurman jewelry)
Longest Drive Female – Hole 7: Richelle Woodcock (Ippolita jewelry)
Longest Drive Male – Hole 12: Richard Sykes (Seiko watch)
Longest Drive Female – Hole 14: Debbie Baraud (John Hardy jewelry)

All “Closest to the Pin” and “Longest Drive” winners also received a $100 Kirk Freeport gift certificate.

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