Local golf received yet another boost today as several companies made major pledges to help make the sport more affordable and accessible to all children.
Today’s announcement follows a year of exciting news for Bermuda golf that includes: the Island’s first ever Nationwide Tour qualification (Michael Sims is sponsored by Belmont Hills Golf Club); a PGA Grand Slam of Golf event coming to the Island; and an announcement by the Bermuda Golf Association on 26 January that the first ever World Amateur Strokeplay Championships will also be played here in October.
In light of these developments and in order to increase the chance that the next Tiger Woods or Michelle Wie could be discovered in Bermuda, eight community-minded companies have pledged a total of $70,000 for 2007, while Butterfield Bank has already promised to donate another $50,000 to the Bermuda Junior Golf Association (BJGA) over the next two years. The generous group includes:
• Butterfield Bank – with a donation of $25,000 per year
• BDC 2000 Limited (Parent company of BGA and Phoenix Stores) – with a donation of $10,000 per year
• Island Construction Services Limited - with a donation of $10,000 per year
• The Argus Group - with a donation of $7,500
• Bermuda Security Group Limited – with a donation of $7,500 per year
• Bermuda Electric Light Company Limited (BELCO) - with a donation of $5,000
• Phoenix Stores Limited - with a donation of $5,000 for a golf event
Kevin Petty and Belmont Hills Golf Club are also supporting the BJGA by sharing the profits of an upcoming golf tournament.
The $70,000 will be used to further develop junior golf in Bermuda by introducing the sport to a broader cross-section of the community and to attract more female junior golfers to the Association, as currently there is only one girl member.
Working with schools, golf professionals and with the support of the local golf courses in order to achieve its goals, the BJGA will be expanding its Novice Programme to include in-school programmes and possibly a summer camp programme.
Alan Thompson, President & Chief Executive Officer of Butterfield Bank said the Bank’s support fell in line with its strategy of giving back to the community through a variety of sponsorships and donations to support local charitable and civic causes, including education, health, sporting pursuits and the arts.
“It is our pleasure to contribute to a better future for Bermuda golf,” Mr. Thompson said. ”We believe sport is a positive activity for young people – it teaches patience, competitiveness and many other transferable skills children will use as they move forward in life. Programmes like this one add a lot of value to the community and we would encourage people to participate.”
Since 1983, the BJGA has promoted the sport of golf among young people in Bermuda and is dedicated to teaching young people sportsmanship, honesty, self-discipline and integrity.
It requires good conduct and proper sportsmanship from all of its juniors and spectators at all tournaments and events.
A reception is being arranged for 13 February to bring together the sponsors and the BJGA Directors.
Note to Editors about Butterfield Bank:
Butterfield Bank is Bermuda’s first and largest independent bank, and a specialist provider of offshore financial services. The Butterfield Bank Group offers a full range of community banking services in Bermuda, Barbados and the Cayman Islands, encompassing retail and corporate banking and treasury activities. Private banking, wealth management and fiduciary services are provided from the Group’s headquarters in Bermuda and subsidiary offices in the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, The Bahamas, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In addition, investment and pension fund administration services are provided in Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, The Bahamas and the United Kingdom. Butterfield Bank is a publicly traded corporation with shares listed on the Bermuda and Cayman Islands stock exchanges. Further details on Butterfield Bank can be obtained from our web site at: www.butterfieldbank.com.
Background to Bermuda Junior Golf Association (BGJA):
In 1975 the Bermuda Golf Association (BGA) formed the Golf Development Committee which forged the basic development for junior golf in Bermuda. As the junior program developed, it was deemed necessary to bring overseas players to the island to provide competition for the local juniors and the first annual Atlantic International Junior golf Championships took place at Port Royal Golf Course in August 1977. This major championship provided excellent exposure through the press and with the young players. The junior program gathered considerable momentum as a consequence, with more and more members joining and an overall increase in the standard of play followed. The junior golf program eventually required a more sophisticated administration and its own identity and the BJGA evolved as an affiliate of the BGA, with the first meeting of the BJGA held on 28 December, 1983. Until the BJGA was incorporated in 1997, it operated as an association with a Constitution with the aims of providing the young golfers of Bermuda the best 'development and tournament' program possible. Each year, from September until August, the BJGA holds over 40 competitive events for its juniors, as well as our four major tournaments. Through ongoing fundraising events and activities the BJGA is able to send groups of eligible juniors to compete in major tournaments held annually throughout North America and the U.K. Juniors also achieving the selection criteria are invited to attend top U.S. golf schools to help advance their overall skills in the game.
About The Argus Group:
Argus Group Holdings Limited and its subsidiaries, “The Argus Group”, is the largest Bermuda-owned insurance organisation. The first company in the Group was founded in 1950. Argus writes most classes of insurance through specialised property, life and health insurance companies; it is the leader in group health insurance and pension plans in Bermuda. The Argus Group is rated “A” Excellent by the insurance rating agency, A. M. Best. For further information, log on to www.argus.bm.
About Bermuda Security Group:
Bermuda Security Group is the largest provider of Home and Commercial security solutions in Bermuda. Our security services range from Intrusion Detection systems, Medic Alert Systems and Fire Prevention units to Video Surveillance, Guard Services and Card Access systems. In addition, Bermuda Security Group offers the only locally based, 24-hour, alarm monitoring station. A full list of services provided by Bermuda Security Group can be accessed online at: www.bsg.bm.
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