SANTA makes timely delivery for charities - Tournament nets nearly $2m for four institutions

Published: Tuesday | December 17, 2013 Comments 0

 Andrew Harris, Gleaner Writer

Sam Farmer of Texas, USA, claimed the Facey overall Champion Cup in the 2013 SANTA (Seeing A Need Taking Action) Golf Tournament for Charity at the Constant Spring Golf Course, Constant Spring.

The 13th staging of the annual tournament was held by the Jamaica Golf Association (JGA) in association with CB Facey Foundation, the British High Commission, Heineken, Digicel and Wortley Home for Girls choir on Sunday.

It was geared towards raising money to support the Boys' Town Community Centre, Laws St Training Centre, The Wortley Home and Mustard Seed, all charitable beneficiaries.

Farmer is the assistant attaché for emigration and customs enforcement at the US Embassy (Kingston), and he now holds the Facey Cup for bragging rights, as well as a 37-inch flat LED TV.

He was really happy, being able to support such a charitable cause.

"It makes a person feel good to be able to support something like this," said Farmer.

He continued: "It's an honour holding this cup, and at the tournament we all felt like we were having fun, whether we were winning or losing. So this is just a wonderful cause, and I know there will be a big smile on the faces of those who will be benefiting from this tournament."

Farmer kept his focus throughout the tournament, and there was never a moment of doubt for him when he was out on the golf course.

The tournament made a total of $1,950,000, which will be divided among the charities. Boys' Town, Laws St Training Centre and The Wortley Home will receive $500,000 each, while Mustard Seed will receive $450,000.

Nigel Davey, the chairman of SANTA, was overwhelmed with the support.

"We are just overwhelmingly pleased to be able to help those who are less fortunate amongst us," expressed Davey.

"The event was well supported and these charities can have a merry Christmas.

"We are aiming for bigger and better next year. And I wish everyone who took part and supported us a merry Christmas and a prosperous new year," he added.

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