Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
The third staging of the AmCham Golf Classic will see two changes, both aimed at making the tournament even more exciting. A new scoring format has been introduced, along with a category for junior players.
The tournament, which will be held on June 24 at the Caymanas Golf Club in St Catherine, will commence at 9:30 a.m. The starting time has been pushed back to afford a greater number of persons the opportunity to participate in the tournament, especially those travelling into Kingston.
Part proceeds from the golf classic will be used to help fund the activities of Crayons Count, a programme aimed at investing in early-childhood education throughout Jamaica.
The goal of Crayons Count is to provide children with the tools they need to learn, including crayons, and these items will be delivered to each of the 2,700 early-childhood institutions across the island.
"We have introduced some new features that will make the event fresh and exciting, like the time the event starts," David Mais, the tournament director shared at the launch, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston yesterday.
"We also have a new section for juniors this year at a reduced entry fee and we have also added a corporate event."
Different scoring format
He added: "The scoring format is different; we are going to score it on a handicap basis, but it won't be stableford; it will be gross score, net your handicap and the lowest score are the winners, so it is going to be a lot of fun."
It will cost entrants $4,500 per person, while corporate teams of four will be required to pay $20,000.
In addition to the juniors, the usual categories of men's under-50, men's over-50 and ladies will compete in a strokeplay format. George Kates was last year's overall winner, while Rowena Connor was the female champion. Earl Manning topped the men's over-50 category, with Matthew Smith taking the men's under-50 section.
The organisers are hoping for between 80 to 90 participants, who will be vying for prizes inclusive of airline tickets from Jet Blue to New York and weekend for two at Riu, as well as trophies.
Executive director of the American Chamber of Commerce, Becky Stockhausen, is very excited about this year's staging.
"We are really excited about the format of this tournament and we are especially happy about the idea we have come up with involving families, business associates and golfers, and even non-golfers," Stackhausen expressed.
"We are very excited to be supporting this year's Crayons Count, which we think is a very important charity," she added.
CAPTION: Principals of the third AmCham Golf Classic share a camera moment during the launch at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston yesterday morning. They are (from left) Orville Marshall, chairman of the organising committee, sponsors ADS Global IT's Ron McKay, Becky Stockhausen, executive director, AmCham, Andrei Roper, senior marketing officer of sponsors Supreme Ventures Limited, David Mais, tournament director, and Julian Patrick, manager, sponsorship and promotions, NCB Capital Markets, who also number among the sponsors. - Contributed