bmobile supports Chief Secretary’s Charity Golf Tournament
Port of Spain, Trinidad, June 22, 2017
The 15th annual Chief Secretary’s Charity Golf Tournament recently concluded at the Magdalena Grand Resort, Tobago with the theme, “More than the game”. According to Tournament organizer Jeffery Azar, 2017 saw the largest participation ever, with 180 amateurs, 12 juniors and 8 professionals.
The tournament was held over a three-day period with the first day titled ‘bmobile classics’. Azar noted that it is never easy hosting a tournament of this magnitude and said it was necessary to commend bmobile for taking up the responsibility and contributing to the charitable cause. Onica Blackman, Enterprise Marketing and Communications Manager, TSTT, Tobago Operations said, “It is really a joy for us to partner with Mr. Azar and his team on this initiative. They put a lot into ensuring that this tournament is a success. We value sports hugely as an organization, as we understand the benefits that redound to adults, youth and children alike.” Winning the bmobile classics were Ornesh Dinanath and Dr. Ivan Ali; while second place went to the team of Mani Seepersad and Sanjuan Ragdeo, and third place, the team of Steve Waldron and Davidson Quashie.
Chief Secretary The Honourable Kelvin Charles highlighted how important it is for the more privileged in a society to step forward and contribute to the lives of the less fortunate. Charles noted that he was previously involved in charitable causes during his tenure as Presiding Officer and therefore it was easy to continue supporting this initiative as current Chief Secretary, as persons and groups in the Tobago space will benefit from the proceeds.
An elated Azar was clearly overwhelmed by the support that the tournament garnered. He expressed, “I’m very happy. It turned out fantastic. It is the biggest ever. Everyone is happy. I’m overwhelmed.” Businessman Azar noted that he does the event purely for charity, as a way of giving back to the Tobago community. However, he would also like to see the game of golf grow more in Tobago, especially among the youth. Charities that have benefitted from this particular tournament in the past include, Infinity Home, Nicare Home for the Aged, St. Vincent de Paul and the Mt. St. George Methodist Church.
The twelve juniors in the competition competed for medals and trophies. Shane Telesford came in at 3rd place with Adam Rambaran leading closely ahead in 2nd place. However, it was Krystal Kent who edged past her peers to emerge as the Junior Champion at the Chief Secretary’s Charity Golf Tournament. Meanwhile Tobagonian junior golfer Elan Farrier has been selected for the National Golf Team.
Emerging as winners in the Amateur category was the team of young Onjay James and Daniel Boodram, who were awarded with bmobile hampers containing Galaxy S7 phones. Seventeen-year-old James, who has been playing golf from the age of two years, described the tournament as challenging at times, however, he believed that it was communication with his partner that allowed them to capture the first place. In second place was the team of Fabien Kublalsingh and Suresh Jagesar; whilst 3rd place was copped by Kervile Cowie and Jonathan Mitchell, who also received bmobile hampers.
This year’s Chief Secretary’s Charity Golf Tournament saw new faces emerging as winners in the Professional (Pros) category. Bethel resident Chris Mc Millan emerged as the Pro of the tournament in 1st place. Mc Millan has been golfing for the last 15 years. He said, “It feels good to win. I was expected to win by my colleagues and myself. I have been a pro for the last 6 years but I enjoy teaching rather than playing.” Then it was Kenny Sardinha from Scarborough who copped 2nd place, followed by Lennox Kirton in 3rd place. Sardinha who has been playing the sport since 2007, turned Pro in 2015 and this was his first time entering the tournament as a Pro. “I am pretty excited. It was a good run that I had. I look forward to playing next year”, said Sardinha.