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Lawrence pleased with Couples Charity golf turnout

Published:Tuesday | February 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMJermaine Lannaman/ Gleaner Writer

Champions Ricardo Perry and Steve Richards have credited hard work and self-belief as the main reasons for their success at the recent 17th annual Couples Resorts Charity Golf Tournament at the Sandals Golf and Country Club in Ocho Rios.

The two, who have been challenging for the title in recent years, but have fallen agonisingly close, emerged victors of the gross category after getting the better of defending champion Sean Morris and his partner Phil Prendergast. Johnny Marsh and Gifford Wilmot were third.

''It really feels good to finally come out on top after coming so close in former years,'' said Perry. ''It was a difficult tournament as the rain played a role and the competition was good.

''But we had the belief in our self that once we selected the right shots and supported each other, we could win, and so said, so done.''

The tournament, which saw 87 golfers taking part, also had the category of net winners, with Alex Jordan and Garth Howell taking the crown.

The pair won ahead of Nick Borie and Gerard Rice. Neville Carr, with a hole-in-one effort, captured the putting title.

''It was not an easy course, but together with my partner, we were able to guide each other,'' said Jordan. ''Our shot selections were also on par, and after not knowing what our competitors would be like heading into the tournament, it feels good to be crowned winners.''

The tournament saw organisers raising $1.7 million for three charity institutions. They are Three Hills Primary, Hamilton Basic School, and The Animal Shelter.

''I am very thankful and happy for the support and the turnout,'' said Couples Resorts Chief Executive Officer Glen Lawrence.




''The weather was a little 'iffy,' and even the night before we had our concerns. I was, therefore, shocked to see the turnout, and I guess I can say this is a credit to the reputation of the tournament.

''It has been 17 years that we have been staging this tournament and have managed to raise just under $30 million for local charities,'' he added.

''For this year, the funds that we have raised will be used to help three charities that we have been consistent with for the last three or four years.

''Three Hills Primary - which we hope to build them a computer lab. We built them a canteen with the funds we raised last year. Hamilton Basic School needs a playground desperately, and we are going to help them with that, and the local animal shelter, The Animal House, which looks after all the stray dogs and cats. We will be contributing to their upkeep.''