Greener days for FCT golf
The Future Centre Trust’s (FCT) fundraising golf tournament, Greening On The Green, for celebrities and golfing enthusiasts held at the Apes Hill course, may attract a much wider field next year.
Golf pro at the Apes Hill Club, Ben Hatch, told MIDWEEK SPORT, that last weekend’s 18-hole tournament attracted more than three dozen golfers and he is hoping to see that number doubled in 2015.
“We had about 40 people this year and my goal for next year is to double that . . . eighty would be great. For the last few years the prizes have been superb, second to none, so I think that we are in good stead to try and double the field next year,” he said. A number of lucrative prizes were at stake, including a hole-in-one prize of a new Nissan Qashqual from Courtesy Garage, valued at $121 000. However, none of the teams managed to achieve that feat.
The winning team comprised Canadian chiropractor Dr Patrick Levesque, his wife Nathalie Meservier, David Henderson and Hatch. They had a gross score of 62 and a net of 54.2. Nikolis Lashley had the longest drive, while Andy Gallagher, Kevin Lewis, Livingstone Hunte and Peter Johnson collected prizes for being nearest to the pin.
Among the prizes were staycations at Divi Southwinds and Bougainvillea Beach Resort; gift certificates for lunch or dinner at Champers; a three-course dinner for two at The Cliff Restaurant; an all-inclusive weekend for two at Turtle Beach Resort and two economy tickets from Virgin Atlantic Airways.
Executive director of the FCT Cherise Gibson, said no praise can be too high for the major sponsorship from this tournament which will allow the FCT, a non governmental organisation (NGO), to work on its various projects.
“All of your support allows us the Future Centre Trust to continue the work that we are doing. We depend on the community around us and the business community to support our project areas,” she said.
Gibson made mention of projects such as the mural at Warrens, which has been sponsored by CIBC FirstCaribbean, the green business Barbados programme and Clean-Up Barbados where the FCT team collected 13 tonnes of sargassium seaweed.
Chairman of the FCT board, Vivian-Anne Gittens, paid tribute to playing sponsors who included Goldcorp Trading, BMO Reinsurance, Columbus Telecommunications Barbados Ltd, Banks Holding Ltd, Rotherley Construction, and Lynch Insurance Brokers.
There were two non-playing sponsors in the Barbados Agricultural Development Corporation and Little Arches Hotel.
“The FCT lives for the community. Whatever we do, we look to see how we can better Barbados. Our focus is on giving back, so fundraisers and initiatives like this, it really is to put back into the community,” she added. (MK)