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Hole-in-one for charity and a BMW

Published:Thursday | March 4, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

A number of the island's top amateurs golfers are expected to turn out for this year's first BMW/American Chamber of Commerce of Jamaica (Amcham) Golf Classic, which will be held on March 13 at the Caymanas Golf Course in St Catherine.

The tournament is a charity event aimed at raising funds for the Grants Pen Foundation/Amcham and Kind Hearts.

It will be played on a Shotgun Stableford format and will start at 8:30 a.m.

A shotgun start requires all groups of players to tee off simultaneously from different holes, allowing the tournament to be completed in the time it normally takes one group to finish 18 holes.

The participants will be vying for the main prize of a new BMW M3. They will win this prestigious car if they score a hole-in-one on the 10th hole.

Other prizes include airline tickets, weekends for two and BlackBerry phones courtesy of LIME.

Exciting event

National junior champion Jonathan Newnham, along with Fabian Campbell, Xavier Brown, John Smith, Paul Thompson and Radcliff Knibbs, is among some of the top golfers who will be on show.

Jacqueline Stewart Lechler, general manager, finance and administration, Stewart's Motors, told
The Gleaner
during yesterday's launch at the Knutsford Court hotel that she expects an exciting event.

"We are looking forward to the support of the golfing community in Jamaica because we believe that now is the time to let charity begin at home and help the less fortunate," said Stewart Lechler.

"This is also an event in which a participant can win a BMW if they hole-in-one."

Lechler added: "BMW, as part of its core values, loves to partner with
golf because it fits our image and we also realise that golf is a sport
in Jamaica that people support for charity endeavours," she said.

part proceeds will go to both the Grants Pen Foundation/Amcham and Kind
Hearts, a charity that we started recently," Lechler pointed out.

Becky Stockhausen, executive director of Amcham Jamaica, said her association is pleased to be associated with the event.

are very happy that Jamaica was chosen as the best golfing destination
in the region and we thought that this is a great way to advertise this
to the world through our international networks that we have throughout
Amcham," said Stockhausen.

invitation would be going out to Amchams throughout the region and
around the world and we hope that in the years to come, it will grow
bigger and bigger," Stockhausen said.

Ventures, J Wray and Nephew, The Best Dress Chicken, National
Commercial Bank Capital Markets and Wisynco are some other sponsors of
the tournament.