(PRESS RELEASE) – The spotlight was on Grow Well’s junior female golfers when The Oliver Gobat Sports Fund (TOGS) memorial tournament took place on Saturday, March 14, 2020. The event at Sandals Golf Club was followed with a reception at the Gobat home inside Cap Maison.
The team of Lisa Daniel and Celina Lubin placed 3rd to a roar of applause. They were the only all-female team and one of three all-junior teams. Celina Lubin, the youngest player in the tournament, won the prize for the longest drive for ladies.
Grow Well President Paula St Luce congratulated the female junior golfers, noting the contribution of the year-long golf programme supported by Sandals Foundation and volunteers. “The constant encouragement and support has developed Lisa into this young lady with a bright future. It has boosted her confidence and communication skills. I extend thanks to the Gobats for their sponsorship and to Mrs Colleen Newman of Grow Well for never giving up on the golf programme for over 10 years.”
Well known golfers Joan and Brad Paul won the elite tournament, which was staged on the last day before the Coronavirus threat closed Grow Well’s after-school programs. The tournament is a favourite among golfers with 76 players participating in 38 teams at the 2020 event.
For her part Mrs Newman said, “We thank Helen and Theo Gobat and other kind and generous supporters for the sponsorship of this tournament with the proceeds benefiting lots of youth sports teams in Saint Lucia. From its inception 4 years ago, they have encouraged our juniors to participate.”
The Oliver Gobat Sports Fund (TOGS fund) has been set up by the Gobat family in Ollie’s memory, to offer financial support to Saint Lucian nationals. TOGS support is in addition to the principal year-long sponsor of Grow Well’s Junior Golf, Sandals Foundation. This beneficial program has introduced the game of golf to more than 150 children in Gros Islet communities.