Former Cup Match players and official association set to host annual golf fundraiser
Ocean View Golf Course will host a benefit tournament to raise funds for former Cup Match players, officials and their families as well as aspiring cricketers next month.
The annual event is being organised by registered charity, Former Cup Match Players and Official Association, and will take place at the par-70 Devonshire layout on May 14 with 8am and 2pm shotgun starts.
Teams of four will compete in captain’s choice off the tee and best two balls format for the various prizes up for grabs.
Olin Jones, the former Somerset Cup Match batsman, Leroy Robinson, Craig Brangman and Justin Mederios won the event the last time it was held in 2018 and could potentially be back to defend their title.
“The defending champions are considering returning, but haven’t fully decided,” Dean Minors, the association’s president, told The Royal Gazette. “We are targeting 20 teams, of which we have 14 registered.”
He added: “The committee wants the tournament to be sold out, so we encourage former Cup Match players and supporters, with and without golf experience, from both ends of the island to enjoy some camaraderie and a great day of golf.
“This is a great way to come together, see people we may have not seen in some time and have fun especially after such uncertain times in the past few years whilst also benefiting a great cause.”
Entry fee is $70 for Ocean View members and $100 for non members, with all proceeds going towards the aforementioned causes.
“The registered charity has a mission to give back to those former players in need, assist young aspiring cricket players and to preserve the legacy of Cup Match,” Minors said. “All proceeds raised will go towards those causes.
“If anyone or company wishes to donate towards this worthwhile initiative, they can contact the committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me directly at 337-2005.
“We would greatly appreciate it and we thank those that have assisted the charity thus far.”
This year marks the third time the tournament is being held and first since 2018 when it was hosted by Belmont Hills Golf Club.
It has raised over $6,000 for charity to date, with the daughter of late St George’s Cup Match player Fiqre Crockwell and former footballer Mark Jennings among the beneficiaries of prior tournaments.
Other former Cup Match players to have competed in the event previously include Somerset’s Winston Trott and St George’s pair Eldon Raynor and Maxwell Curtis.