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Juniors shine as SANTA 2016 closes

Published:Wednesday | December 7, 2016 | 12:00 AM
National Amateur champion and SANTA Tournament Golf champion (women) Kai Harris (centre) accepts her prizes from Bank of Jamaica deputy governor and SANTA committee member Livingston Morrison (right) and Walkerswood group marketing director Sean Garbutt.
SANTA Tournament winner Andrew Richards (left) accepts his championship cup from C.B. Facey Foundation Director, Robert Facey.
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Amid clear skies and an air of conviviality among those gathered, the 2016 edition of the CB Facey Foundation SANTA (Seeing A Need Taking Action) Charity Golf event closed on Sunday, December 4, at the Constant Spring Golf and Country Club, with prizes being presented to a host of tournament participants.

Youngsters Luke Chin, Adrian Barnes, Rocco Lopez, and Brady Holmes were among the top-performing male juniors, with Samantha Azan and Mattea Issa figuring for the female juniors titles. The junior programme had 40 entrants this year, of which 14 were beginners.

Andrew Richards was named overall winner of the tournament, which saw action in both the juniors and adult categories. He received the coveted CB Facey Trophy and a 50-inch LED TV for his efforts. Other adult category winners included Howard McKenzie, Carlyle Hudson, and Tommy Lee.

Kai Harris won the Longest Drive sectional prize for ladies, with O'Shea Hay taking the same prize for the men. The two lucrative Hole-in-One prizes, of a new VW Tiguan SUV and a million-dollar Travel package, went unclaimed, while Alison Lyn and Sherold Philibert won honours for Closest To the Pin segment for ladies and men, respectively.

The charity tournament, an annual initiative since 2001, benefits worthy institutions and projects in the immediate community and beyond. This year's beneficiaries are the Wortley Home, the Constant Spring Police Station, and the Lalyce Gray Basic School, as well as the Boys' Town Infant & Primary School.

Golf club president and tournament chair Nigel Davy - who will hand over the latter duties to Scott Jones for 2017 - thanked all the participants, the organising committee members, and sponsors. Special tribute was paid to the ladies on the committee, and particularly to Alison Reid for her sterling work in developing the junior programme.

For his part, emcee Scott Jones had clearly saved his best "roasts" for last, dishing out zingers and snappy lines to several of the evening's winners.