Several charities to benefit from $525,000 raised at Phoenix Lodge Golf Tournament


Several charities to benefit from $525,000 raised at Phoenix Lodge Golf Tournament

Saturday, October 19, 2019

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The Phoenix Lodge Charity Golf Tournament held at Caymanas Golf and Country club last Saturday raised $275,000. This, in addition to the $250,000 from annual sponsor Sterling Asset Management, will go towards a number of social and educational programmes supported by the lodge.

Clinton Johnson emerged winner of the tournament that enjoyed the participation of 56 golfers from the local fraternity; Johnson amassed 43 points to win the overall title. Emily Mayne with 38 points was the overall Ladies champion.

Other category winners included Quentin Hughsam, whose 38 points saw him winning the Men and Men's Seniors with a handicap of 0-9.

Ryan Lue scored 38 points in the Men and Men's Senior category with a handicap 10-18, while Steve Hudson had 28 points, which topped those players with a handicap of 19 and over.

In the Men's Super Senior Carlysle Hudson's 36 points topped the players with a handicap 0-9, while Steven Chang finished top of the men with a handicap 10-18. For players with a handicap of 19 and over, Mitchie Bell scored 30 points to win that group.

For many years now, the tournament has been a source of fund-raising for Phoenix Lodge. They have used the cash raised to support a number of programmes in Jamaica. For the last 10 years Sterling Asset Management Limited has been a major sponsor, significantly contributing to the worthy causes.

The money raised goes to the Masonic Children's Fund, National Disaster Fund, Port Royal Basic School, and the Phoenix Lodge Port Royal Scholarship Fund that has had a long-standing relationship with the lodge.

In addition, since 2012 the lodge has used a portion of the funds raised to create new scholarships for three students of Caribbean Maritime Institute (now Caribbean Maritime University — CMU). These CMU scholarships have yielded their own benefit.

A recent CMU graduate, who was a beneficiary of the CMU scholarship, donated $50,000 to the cause to help other recipients in a show of appreciation.

“We support education in many ways, for example the MICO teacher-training programme, UWI scholarships and so on, but we support Phoenix because we know the students will be monitored and mentored by the lodge members. There's a very well-established monitoring and tracking mechanism to make sure the funds are being used optimally,” said Marian Ross, the assistant vice-president – trading and investments at Sterling Assets Management.

Sterling Asset's annual contributions to the sponsorship demonstrates the company's commitment to the goal of making a positive impact in the lives of many members of the community.

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