WESTERN SPORTS - Celebrities descend on Tryall for golfing weekend
Former Jamaica and West Indies wicketkeeper-batsman Jeffrey Dujon and National Football League (NFL) Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson will headline this weekend's Ocean Style Celebrity Golf Invitational, to be held today, and the inaugural Anthony Anderson Golf Classic tomorrow at the Tryall Golf Club in Hanover. Tee-off is at 9 a.m. on both days.
The Ocean Style Celebrity Golf Weekend is open to both individuals and teams at a cost of US$150 for Saturday; and US$225 for Saturday and Sunday for individuals, and US$900 for corporate teams.
Dickerson, who is on his first visit to Jamaica, has rushed for over 13,000 yards in 11 seasons and still holds the single-season rushing record with 2,105 yards. An accomplished golfer in his own right, Dickerson is excited to visit the island and play at the famed Tryall Club.
"We look forward to working with this exceptional resort and have no doubt that our golfers will enjoy the challenge and beauty of this golf course immensely. Of course we are working closely with our event partners to ensure that they also have an entertaining and memorable golfing experience," said Douglas Gordon, editor-in-chief at Ocean Style.
Also down to participate are former undisputed world heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis and former world record holder and Olympic gold medallist, Jamaica-born Canadian Donovan Bailey, along with NFL players Veron Haynes and Stevie Brown.
Ewan Peebles, Tryall Club's director of golf, is admittedly excited about the partnership. Peebles stated: "The Ocean Style Golf Invitational is a premier event that has grown year after year and is an excellent fit for us."
The Ralph Plummer-designed course has undergone several upgrades without short-changing its beauty and original character and has opened two new greens, on holes 9 and 17, in time for the Ocean Style Weekend.
Tryall has hosted the Mazda Champions LPGA-Senior PGA event with a field comprising 24 of the leading Senior and LPGA players, and from 1988-1990, the course was a regular stop on the Ladies Professional Golfers Association (LPGA) Tour for the LPGA Jamaican Classic. From 1991 to 1995, Tryall was also home to five straight Johnnie Walker World Championships.
Proceeds from the Ocean Style Celebrity Golf Weekend will go towards the construction of a library at the Barrett Town All-Age School in Montego Bay.