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Tuesday 25th November 2014

The International Women’s Club of Antigua and Barbuda hosted their Annual Charity Golf Tournament Saturday, November 15 at the Cedar Valley Golf Club.

The day started at 8am in the Clubhouse, with a light but delicious breakfast especially prepared for the golfers and donated by Subway. 18 teams (72 golfers) participated in the tournament, which was held under several large tents donated for use at the event by LIME. After lunch, prepared by the Cedar Valley Golf Club, a variety of gifts were featured in a Silent Auction, the first in the tournament’s history. Up for grabs were a trip to Prickly Pear Island, a trip on Wadadli Cats, cooking utensils from Chef’s World, beauty products from Lipstick and Yofi, a gorgeous scarf and clutch handbag from Noreen Phillips Couturiere, gift certificates for shopping at Gingerlilly and Sunseekers, a gift basket of jams from Island Gourmet Boutique, Wine from C&C Winehouse, lunches and dinners from NonSuch Bay, Sheer Rocks, the Bayhouse Restuarant, Le Bistro, the newly re-located Touloulou Restaurant, Mellini’s, Hemingways, Akropolis, Jackie O’s, RumBaba and Chippy’s Antigua.

1st Team Net:  Island Provision ~ Randy Williams, Roderick Nicholas, and Tony Theodore.  Missing ~ Vere Small (camera shy). Photo via Paula Callam.

“I just can’t believe it has come and gone so quickly,” says Avonelle H. Pole, the IWC’s member responsible for Public Relations and Publicity, and one of the organizers of the tournament. “But I am thrilled by the generosity of the sponsors and donors, who I know appreciate what we are doing to help women achieve an education.”

The West Indies Oil Company which sponsored two teams this year, retained their First Team Gross position, each team member winning a beautiful trophy crafted by Sign Pro, an exclusive pair of Greg Norman sunglasses from Eye Mobile’s Caribbean Eyewear Collection, and a bottle of El Dorado 15-Year Old Rum courtesy of A.S. Bryden.

“It just feels great to win two years in a row especially playing alongside some of the most talented golfers in the Caribbean,” says Gregory Georges, the new CEO of West Indies Oil Company. “WIOC is proud to support the IWC specifically because of the type of charitable work they do - they support education for women and WIOC is happy to be associated with this and will continue to support the much needed charitable work they do. Indeed, Kiz Nathaniel, a past recipient of an IWC scholarship is today an excellent employee and a rising star on the WIOC team. So ultimately, WIOC benefits and so does our community."

Island Provision/Best Cellars won the First Team Net category and each player received a gift certificate valued at $250 from Automotive Art, and a bottle each of Dewars 12-Year Old Scotch, courtesy of A.S. Bryden. Both teams were also awarded golf accessories in a gift pack from Virgin Atlantic Airways.

Golfers and guests were able to also bid at the “Live” auction, which generated the bulk of the funds raised, approximately equaling last year’s figure. Gifts included a beautiful David Yurman Sterling Silver and 14-Karat Yellow Gold Women’s Bracelet with Blue Topaz stones, and an Ernst Benz Men’s Chrono Sport Watch from Abbott’s Jewellery valued up to US$3,000. Abbott’s Fragrance Division also donated a wonderful Fragrance Basket featuring selections for Men and Women from Azzaro, Ferragamo, Kenzo, and Ted Lapidus. The gift basket also included travel and evening bags from Guess, Caroline Herrera, Paco Rabanne and Jimmy Choo. One lucky golfer won a Garmin S3 GPS Golf Watch courtesy of the International Women’s Club, and another won 2 return tickets to London, courtesy of Virgin Atlantic Airways in a prize drawing. An all-inclusive overnight stay at Jumby Bay, and 2 nights at Antigua Village in a Studio were also high on the list.

1st Team Gross:  West Indies Oil Company ~ Gregory Georges, Paul Michael, Omarry James and Otis Thomas. Photo via Paula Callam.

“It is very gratifying that this year's IWC Golf Tournament, has generated so much positive feedback from the Golfers, the Sponsors and Guests,” says Cath White who is a member of the IWC and Chief Golf Tournament Organizer. “It is never easy to please everyone and keep the balance between looking after the Golfers and Sponsors whilst generating income for a worthy cause. Everyone wins by taking part and helping to secure the tertiary education of our worthy candidates, who will receive Scholarships in July of next year, and go on to improve the future of our twin island state.”

The 72 players ranged in age from 9 years (Junior) to Super Seniors in their 70's! The overwhelming support from local businesses, families and individuals has raised the bar, and secured the IWC's place as one of the top Charity Golf Tournament organizers.

“Words cannot express our gratitude for the generous support.” says White, “which was so freely offered this year and we hope to redouble our efforts for 2015, moving onwards and upwards for our eighth year in a row.”

Scotiabank, onboard for the third year in a row, sponsored a team, a hole, donated cash and golfers gift bags which included a water bottle and pens. Snacks from Wall Enterprises, golf accessories, and a US$40 gift certificate from Abbott’s Jewellery to be used with any purchase over $300 at their Heritage Quay store were added to each golfer’s gift bag. Bidders were also outbidding each other for a Polaroid 32-inch flat panel TV donated by Epicurean, LIME’s iPad Air and Digicel’s Samsung Galaxy S5 mobile phone. Needless to say, these are great holiday gifts!

New Hole Sponsors this year were A.S. Bryden, Townhouse Megastore who sponsored 2 Holes, Diamond Republic, King’s Casino, North Coast Hardware, Caribbean Alliance, and Quin Farara. Repeat Hole Sponsors includerd Waterscaping, Anjo Insurance, Island Provision, Caribbean Helicopters. Scotiabank, Annette’s Orchids, the McGregor Family, Connie Rabinowitz and Agile Courts.

The International Women’s Club through its Golf For Education Programme, also supports a stipend each school year for an adult remedial education teacher through Project Hope, provides a major prize for the Wadadli Pen Writing Competition, and funds materials for the Back-to-School Project, assisting up to 15 youngsters in need. Scholarship Awards which this year handed out funds in excess of $40,000 to nine Antiguan women to facilitate their tertiary education. The awards ceremony will be held in 2015 with proceeds from this year’s Golf For Education Tournament. For information, call 728-8565 or 561-4733.


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