Sunday 16 June, 2019

Sandals Golf and Jerk Festival returns

Project Manager at Sandals Foundation Karen Zacca (left) makes a point at Wednesday's launch. 
Allison Reid of the Jamaica Golf Association listens on. (Photos: Marlon Reid)

Project Manager at Sandals Foundation Karen Zacca (left) makes a point at Wednesday's launch. Allison Reid of the Jamaica Golf Association listens on. (Photos: Marlon Reid)

The second staging of the Sandals Golf and Jerk Festival will be held on May 4 to 5 at the Sandals Golf and Country Club in St Ann with a new format as the participants vie for attractive prizes, which include a new 2019 KIA Optima.

The car will be for a hole-in-one shot by any of the expected over 90 adult and junior golfers in teams of two, which will be comprised of either two adults or an adult and a junior player, a first-time experience for many golfers.

The event was launched Wednesday morning at Kia Motors showroom on Oxford Road in New Kingston, St Andrew.

Executive director of Sandals Foundation, Heidi Clarke, said, "this year's event is expected to be bigger than ever and it is all for a good cause. With the support of our partners and sponsors, we are putting together a thrilling golf experience for all the players, mouthwatering jerk competition for the chefs and two full days of fun and comfort for the patrons."

From left to right: Christina Taylor-Thwaites, Marketing Manager at ATL Group and Project Manager at Sandals Foundation Karen Zacca. (Photo: Marlon Reid)

With two packed days of golf on the green, up to 20 jerk teams will also go head to head on Saturday in a Best Dressed Chicken-sponsored Jerk Festival, competing for $50,000 cash and other exciting prizes.

Golfers and patrons will enjoy Starbucks Coffee Terrace, CPJ Luxury Lounge and Happy Hour and much more. Children under 10 years of age will be kept busy by Sandals Golf Pro in a drive and putt competition.

The fundraising event is a continuation of the foundation's yearlong 10th anniversary celebrations with all proceeds going toward strengthening the stroke prevention and rehabilitation programme at the St Ann's Bay Hospital's physiotherapy department and Sandals Foundation Care For Kids Golf Programme.

"Studies have proven that physiotherapy intervention is very effective in restoring functional abilities in stroke patients and with the St Ann's Bay Hospital physiotherapy department being the only centre of its kind serving residents of the St Ann region, we are very happy to be supporting them to purchase critical equipment, which will help the entire community," Clarke said.

Ian Spencer, Sandals Resorts Regional Public Relations Manager (Montego Bay region) addressing the festival launch. (Photo: Marlon Reid)

The physiotherapy department serves over 4,000 residents annually and in addition to providing critical equipment, the foundation will also support the department in its public awareness campaign to encourage residents to lead healthy lifestyles in order to reduce their chances of having a stroke.

Proceeds will also go toward the Sandals Foundation Care For Kids Junior Golf Programme, which for the past decade has engaged young men and women in the game of golf, working to develop life skills such as discipline and teamwork, and also provide them with opportunities to receive academic scholarships.

Golf registration opens on Friday at the Jamaica Golf Association at Constant Spring Golf Club, ATL Automotive on Oxford Road, Sandals Golf And Country Club in St Ann and Fontana Pharmacy in Kingston, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Mandeville.

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