L4L, Johnnie Walker Golf Classic July 18-19
Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer
Several international golfers are already lined up to participate in the Diaego Learning for Life (L4L) Johnnie Walker Golf Classic set for the Tyrall Golf Club in Hanover from July 18-19. All registered golfers will be entered into a draw for an all-expense-paid trip to the 2014 Ryder Cup in Scotland in September at the luxurious Gleneagles hotel.
An entry fee of $20,000 has been set for the tournament that will see part of the proceeds go to the Diageo Learning for Life Programme designed to inspire and transform the lives of people by furnishing them with skills that enable them to earn and support themselves and their families.
"Learning for Life represents Red Stripe's commitment to making a difference in the lives of disenfranchised Jamaicans by giving them a second chance at making a meaningful contribution to society through education. Over the six years, we've touched so many lives. Many of these young people are hungry for a second chance and it's really heart-warming when we provide this opportunity, see how grateful they are, and then see them go on to complete the programme successfully and then land a job. That it is our ultimate goal and the ultimate reward," said Levaughn Flynn, senior communications manager at Red Stripe.
RAISING MUCH-NEEDED FUNDS
Flynn hopes the tourney will help raise much-needed funds that will enable the programme to empower more deserving Jamaicans. "We want to continue impacting lives through Learning for Life, and the golf classic not only helps us raise money, but raise the level of awareness around this programme. It's been Red Stripe's best kept secret for the past six years, and with the help of the golf classic, we're making the entire nation aware of the programme while providing a fun and engaging way for persons to make a contribution," he said.
Practice rounds for the 18-hole tournament will be held all day on Friday, July 18 with the tournament set to tee off at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, July 19.
Johnnie Walker has had a long and storied history with golf, primarily because Johnnie Walker is popular among golfers and golf aficionados and fans. The Johnnie Walker World Golf Championship was held at the Tryall Golf Club in Jamaica from 1991 to 1995.