SANTA Golf raises more than $3m for charities
The 15th annual SANTA Charity Amateur Golf tournament culminated on Sunday, December 6, following two days of robust competition.
This year's event raised more than $3 million for a variety of charitable causes, fulfilling the spirit of the acronym, 'Seeing A Need, Taking Action (SANTA)'.
The SANTA charity golfing event, Jamaica's premier and largest amateur golf charity tournament, continues to be a winning combination of sport, charity, fun, and celebration.
The organisers of this year's event were committed to raising at least $1 million for the Wortley Home, which was, unfortunately, gutted by fire. Friday's Chip and Putt competition and an on-the-spot appeal to Buy-A-Block for $10K each ensured that the target was met.
More than $400,000 was raised from that effort, all of which will go to the Wortley Home. Plans have been drawn up for the construction of a new building. Work is expected to start next year. The Boys' Town Infant and Primary School received $600,000, while the Laws Street Trade and Training Centre got $400,000 and the Sickle Cell Foundation, $300,000.
Speaking on behalf of the CB Facey Foundation, Robert Facey said the SANTA tournament was making a positive contribution.
"I'm especially heartened by the participation of the young people as they are truly the future of this country," he said.
The SANTA Charity Golfing Event truly embodied the spirit of the season with well over 200 participants golfing for a good cause last weekend. The captain of the Constant Spring Golf Club, Raymond Campbell, thanked the corporations and organisations represented for their support. Tournament director David Mais underscored the fact that the continued growth of the tournament was not only beneficial for the sport in Jamaica, but a vital social-development tool.
The overall tournament winner of the coveted Facey Cup was Frank Jackson, the founder of SANTA.
In the senior category, Everton McDonald scored 36 points for second and Vivian Daley was third with 35.
In the 0-12 handicap category, Sherold Philbert, Theodore Richards, and Peter Chin took third, second and first place, respectively. Bruce Levy, Jim Stitzel, Edward Alexander, and Dave Cameron rounded out the men's 10-17 handicap category.
In the Ladies 0-12 handicap category, Michelle Gabay was the winner. The 13-17 handicap category went to Rowena Coe, with Diane Hudson in second.
In the ladies 18 and above handicap category, Aditi Dhiman won; Jennifer Davy was second; and Sharon Smith, third.
In addition to the aforementioned companies, the SANTA tournament was made possible with support from the Jamaica National Building Society, Proven Wealth, The Gleaner, RJR Communications Group, Jamaica Broilers, Hot Off the Press, Whistling Frog Agency, Wisynco, Coldfield Manufacturing, Pepsi, and Heineken, which provided refreshments and hospitality through the duration of the tournament.