PM’s Charity Golf Classic raises funds for youths with cerebral palsy
This 23rd edition of the Prime Minister’s Charity Golf Classic, which teed off last weekend at the Magdalena Grand and Beach Resort in Tobago has been deemed a resounding success. The event is staged to help charitable cases throughout Trinidad and Tobago.
Most recently, the charity has focused on children challenged with Cerebral Palsy. Some of the proceeds from this year’s golf classic will be used to outfit a room at the recently built Enhancement Centre in Chase Village.
At the closing ceremony Prime Minister Keith Rowley, who participated in the tournament, commended the sponsors over the 23-year existence of the golf classic and welcomed all the new sponsors.
He said, “Bring some of your friends from the private sector because this is an organisation that you can trust and is doing good work and your contribution will go a long way in helping the less fortunate in our society”.
The tournament was won by the pair of Brett Fortune and Damion Samlalsingh, sponsored by Worldwide Inspection Technologies and Industrial Services and Ramroop's Industrial and Welding Supplies Limited; the pair mustered 39 points. Right behind them with 38 points were former United States Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago John Estrada and teammate Dr. Warren Steele with 38 points; they were sponsored by Pical Services Limited. Third place went to Ramlogan Roopnarinesingh and Carlos Beckles with a score of 37 and they were sponsored by The Mount Irvine Hotel.
Nearest the pin on the 14th hole was won by father and son duo of Richard Nagaur and Matthew Naguar. They both won a Samsung S8 smartphone, sponsored by Digicel. They received their prizes from Liam Donnelly, General Manager, Business Solutions at Digicel.
Shrinivas Mohip, Director of the charity event, said he would like to see more corporate participation in the coming years, citing the possibility of helping more of the less fortunate in society but also to increase the number of golfers participating in the event.
This year the tournament accommodated over 70 pairs, and Mohip believes the tournament can see 100 plus teams for the next edition if corporate Trinidad and Tobago can assist with acquiring the requisite amount of golf carts.
He is expecting the golf event to return to Magdalena Grand and Beach Resort in 2020, saying “Tobago is such a beautiful destination, and the golfers just feel so happy to come to Tobago with their families and spend a weekend here and it’s good for charity, it’s good for us and it’s good for our sponsors.”