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Golfers raise funds for island’s Special Olympians

Richard Knight presents a cheque of $1,000 to Special Olympics Bermuda volunteer and assistant swimming coach, Charlotte Sherlock. (Photo supplied)

A group of golfers have aided in the island’s preparations for the 2023 Summer World Games in Berlin, Germany.

Organisers of the Knight’s Annual Golf Tournament, donated $1,000, raised from their two-man captain’s choice event held at Belmont Hills Golf Course last month, to Special Olympics Bermuda.

“Special Olympics Bermuda was pleased to receive a generous donation from the Richard Knight Golf Tournament in the amount of $1,000,” Karen Wollery, the Special Olympics Bermuda national director, told The Royal Gazette.

“The learning disabled community often gets overlooked, and so it was heart-warming to receive this gift, that will assist our athletes in training to get qualified for the 2023 Summer World Games, that will be held in Berlin, Germany.

“We are also looking to recruit new athletes. We offer track and field, bowling, tennis, swimming and equestrian. If we get the interest, we would also like to form a beach volleyball team.

“Anyone interested can reach us through our Facebook page, Special Olympics Bermuda, our e-mail bermudaspecialolympics@gmail.com.”

The Knight’s Annual Golf Tournament, is a non-profit group, whose mission is to bring together golfers of all levels, to compete in an organised, friendly game of golf, to help raise funds for local charities and recognise outstanding individuals in sport or community services.

To date, the group has raised more than $5,000 for local charities.

This year’s event was extra special for tournament founder and director Richard Knight, who celebrated his 75th birthday.

A record field in excess of 60 golfers competed in the tournament, won by Jeffrey Lindo and Craig Christensen.

Keith Smith, the longest serving founding member of the Bermuda Professional Golfer’s Association, was also recognised for his enormous contribution to local golf, during the prize presentation.

Smith, who has won the event three times with his son, David, is a former Bermuda Open champion, who also represented Bermuda at the World Cup of Golf.

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Published January 28, 2022 at 7:53 am (Updated January 28, 2022 at 7:53 am)

Golfers raise funds for island’s Special Olympians

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