Reading like a who’s who of Jamaica’s top business elite, a group of well-heeled Covid-compliant golfers gathered early on Saturday Nov 27, 2021 to help celebrate Sterling Asset Management’s 20th Anniversary at the Caymanas Golf & Country Club Course in St Catherine, Jamaica.
The five-yearly milestone event hosted golfers of all abilities. Though billed as a fun event, when a group of the Caribbean’s leading business minds gathered on the lush course, it quickly became apparent that their competitive instincts overcame any notion of laid-back putting. From the first sounds of the post-dawn klaxxon, participants approached the importance of the day with a quiet but determined fierceness.
Around 60 smart putters, split into mixed foursomes for a brisk round of golf, banter and, the all-important, eventual bragging rights.
Throughout the day, the competition remained calmly intense as the golfers teed off. Friendly rivalries were tested as the day progressed as some channeling the spirit of Tiger Woods in his peak were heard to ‘up the stakes’ at any given hole. Although hole-in-ones, birdies and eagles were in short supply, the unique invitational gathering was all in aid of supporting charitable initiatives.
The real winners were the donation recipients, Maxfield Park Children’s Home and Calabar High School. They received a significant contribution from the ‘mulligans’ innovation. Best described as a ‘do-over’ shot tariff when a strike had gone awry, golfers pre-purchased cash tickets for their imperfect strokes.
This ingenious system helped raise J$105,000. An amount that will be matched in full by Sterling, therefore doubling the charitable proceeds raised by the event to J$210,000.
Of the event, a beaming Sterling Asset Management President & CEO, Charles Ross commented: “We really appreciated everyone participating. It was all for a good, worthwhile cause and the Sterling team and I hope to see everyone in the next five years for the 25th anniversary.“
All in all, an event which many participants suggested needed to be yearly, we can only ask, anyone fancy a round? If so, may the fores be with you!