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Tournament officials donate range cart to BGF

Shaw said gift will go a long way to assisting the junior golf program in the country

Published: May 28, 2013

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Tournament and Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) officials donated a range cart to the Bahamas Golf Federation (BGF) on Sunday. The cart will help the organization collect golf balls from its practice range with ease, once the cart is hooked to a range picker. Federation officials are currently collecting practice balls by hand each week following junior teaching clinics.

The presentation was made near the 1st tee box during the early portion of the final round of the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, at the Ocean Club Golf Course on Paradise Island.

“We were in desperate need of a cart for our range. We have the ‘picker machine’, but without a cart we have been picking up balls on the range by hand, and that’s a tedious job when you are talking about picking 2,000 balls following our juniors’ practice,” said Yvonne Shaw, administrator of the BGF and Chair of the Women’s Division of the BGF.

“This wonderful gift from the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic officials meets our most pressing need at our facility at the Baillou Hills Sports Complex in central Nassau. This will help us preserve the future of golf for our children here in The Bahamas.”

Shaw accepted the gift on behalf of the BGF from tournament sponsors, Eldece Clarke, Sports Tourism Manager with the Ministry of Tourism, and Tom Murray, president of the Pure Silk Company. The Bahamas’ Ministry of Tourism and Pure Silk were the sponsors for this inaugural tournament, which was the first LPGA event to be conducted in The Bahamas.

“We appreciate all of our sponsors, including the local support from Cable Bahamas,” said Matt Truax, Tournament Director for Global Golf Management.

The BGF was formed more than 25 years ago, and today welcomes nearly 70 juniors to its weekly teaching practices. Georgette Rolle, a former BGF junior golfer and two-time Bahamian Women’s Champion, was awarded a sponsor’s exemption into the 144-player field this past weekend. She finished tied for 137th as she shot 10-over par 147.

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