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SANTA Golf tees off next weekend

Published:Saturday | November 29, 2014 | 11:00 AM
From left: Nigel Davey, event chairman, Britanny Singh, manager CB/Facey Foundation and Peter Chin, president of the Jamaica Golf Association, at yesterday's launch of the SANTA Charity Golf tournament. The launch was held at the Constant Spring Golf Club.-Ian Allen/Photographer

Shayne Fairman, Gleaner Writer

Corporate charity organisation SANTA (Seeing A Need, Taking Action) will tee off its amateur charity golf tournament at the Constant Spring Golf Club next weekend, December 6 and 7.

Juniors and adults will compete for the respective honours, titles and sectional prizes. The junior section is scheduled for the first day and is expected to attract a total of 60 budding golfers up to 17 years old.

The adult section follows on Sunday. It is open to all golfers certified with a Jamaica Golf Association (JGA) registered handicap.

Registration is now open at Yes Golf Shop (924-5170) or at the Constant Spring Golf Club. Entry fees are: $12,000 for adults and $4,000-$6,000 for juniors.

Organisers SANTA have touched lives with some estimated $26 million in cash donations, services, equipment and raw material since its inception in 2001.Those contributions have been made to over 18 charities.

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"This is the routine for us annually at SANTA," said chairman Nigel Davey. "We are targeting around $ 2.5 million for charity this year," he noted. "We hope to continue impacting lives for many years," Davey added.

The Boys' Town Development Centre, Wortley Home, Lawe Street Training Centre, Mustard Seed, Peace and Love in the Society (PALS) and Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (JSPCA) will benefit this year.

Keith Sangster who is the chairman of the Wortley Home lauded the organisers, after being presented with a cheque for $500,000 yesterday.

Peter Chin, president of the Jamaica Golf Association (JGA), also applauded the event.

"We (JGA) commend this SANTA tournament for contributing to a multitude of charities," he said. "I am very happy to see the introduction of a junior section this year," he added. Chin said the tournament will help to develop the country's talented juniors.