$1.5 million for two charities from Alliance Buccaneer Golf tournament

Saturday, November 25, 2017

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The 22nd Alliance Buccaneer Memorial Golf Tournament ended on Monday night, at the Constant Spring Golf Club in Kingston, with an awards ceremony for the successful golfers in the various categories, as well at the presentation of funds to two deserving charities.

The perennial charity recipient — the Laws Street Trade Training Centre bagged $1 million, while second-time beneficiary, the Jamaica Cancer Society took home $500,000. The cancer society was included last year in memory of Buccaneer Mark Chin, who died of cancer earlier in the year.

Both recipients were very appreciative of the funds from the tournament organisers. David Wong of the Laws Street Trade Training Centre indicated that the funds would be used for the needy in and around the community in various ways, including many golden agers (over 70 years). He said also that the funds will be used to assist in the teaching of various skills such as drapery making, embroidery, sewing, baking and computing. Mrs Yulit Gordon, the executive director of the Jamaica Cancer Society, said that the funds will help the organisation to strengthen and expand its public health education programme, to reduce the number of Jamaicans who die prematurely as a result of late detection of cancer in their bodies. She also said the funds will be used to support its screening clinics in various areas, including the Laws Street area.

According to Peter Chin, president of title sponsor Alliance Investment Management, the Buccaneers Club and the Jamaica Golf Association, the tournament organisers were very happy to be able contribute to the two charities. Regarding the tournament, he was pleased with the big field of golfers as well as the pro section; he was also happy for the excellent weather during the tournament. Chin also thanked the many sponsors who contributed in cash and kind so that their objectives could be met.

Winner of the amateur section, the men's & men's senior section — Dr Mark Newnham came out ahead of national amateur champion Sean Morris and Garth Howell.

Stephen Chong, Dorrel Allen and Richard Grant were the top three finishers in the Men's Super Senior Section, while JGA President Peter ended in fourth position.

Perennial Ladies winner Jodi Munn-Barrow, who did not compete last year, took back her title ahead of Michelle Gabay, while Jennifer Snieder came third.

Professional golfer Delroy McConald grabbed first place ahead of Orville Christie and Al Robinson.

Justine McKenzie got her first hold on the Vittoria Marley Trophy, which is given to a promising junior golfer in the tournament. Marley was an outstanding junior golfer who died on the course.

The 22nd staging of the two-day Alliance Buccaneer Memorial Golf Tournament, which is Alliance's 10th-consecutive year of sponsorship, was played last Saturday and Sunday at the Caymanas Golf Club in St Catherine.

The tournament featured two different competitions which ran concurrently. A two-day, 36-hole Jamaica Golf Association qualifier while the other, which was played on Sunday, was a Stableford competition.

The title sponsor is Alliance Investment Management, while the associate sponsors include AMG Packaging & Paper Company, ICCL ( Island Concrete, and Chad Ad.

This year's competition was played in memory of six of Jamaica's outstanding past national representatives, namely Milton “Buddy” Josephs, Izette Rhone, Lenan Lennie Chin, John Fulford, Al Chong and Mark Chin.

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