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Johnnie Walker Charity Golf Tournament returns

Published:Friday | July 10, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Cedric Blair (left), managing director of Red Stripe, speaks with Peter Chin (centre) and Dr Andre Foote at the launch of the Johnnie Walker Learning for Life charity golf tournament at the Constant Spring Golf Club. 

The Johnnie Walker Learning for Life Golf Classic returns for its second staging at the luxurious Tryall Club in Hanover from July 17 to 18. The Golf Classic is a fundraiser for the Diageo Learning for Life programme. Last year's charity event raised approximately $2.7 million and attracted many participants. This year, the plan is to double that sum, said LeVaughn Flynn, senior communications manager at Red Stripe.

"We managed to raise $2.7 million at last year's Johnnie Walker Golf Classic and we are aiming for $5 million this upcoming tournament," Flynn said.

Since its inception, the Diageo Learning for Life programme has assisted in shaping the lives of thousands of underprivileged individuals by providing them with the skills and expertise needed to become employable. These graduates have gone on to add value to many businesses, aiding in nation building while encouraging others to be a part of the programme.

Ninety players took part in the inaugural two-day event. This year hopes to surpass the target set last year by increasing the number of golfers, sponsors and monies raised. The tournament will start on Friday July 17, with practice rounds all day, followed by a welcome reception at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, July 18, the tournament will tee off at 8 a.m. followed by an after party and awards ceremony at the Beach Terrace. The individual entry fee for the Johnnie Walker Learning for Life Golf Classic is US$200, and team fee (four players) US $800. Registration is now under way.