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Woosnam coming

Randy Bennett

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Golfing legend Ian Woosnam will be back to help defend his title when the Diamonds International/Substance Abuse Foundation Charity Golf Tournament tees off on February 14.
The event, the biggest annual fund-raiser for Verdun House, is now in its 15th year, and seeks to raise at least $100 000 which will go towards the development of the Verdun House Rehabilitation Centre.
This was revealed during a Press conference held at the Royal Westmoreland Golf & Spa Resort yesterday and attended by tournament organizer Pauline Tully; operations director at Verdun House, Bernard Pooler; marketing manager at Diamonds International, Simone Ward, and director of golf at Royal Westmoreland, Roger Beale.
Tully noted that after raising $130 000 in last year’s tournament, they were looking to match or even surpass those figures.
Woosman, a former Masters champion and captain of a winning Ryder Cup team, along with Bill Weir, Ricky Simpson and Alex Sandeman are expected back to defend their crown in the four-player team competition.
Ward outlined that Diamonds International saw the fundraiser as a “very important and noteworthy cause”, and pledged her company’s continued support of the event.
So far, 16 teams have registered for the tournament, which will award prizes for the first, second and third place finishers, as well as for longest drive and nearest to the pin.