The Honourable Shamfa Cudjoe, Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs hits the opening tee shot to commence the 2018 edition of the Prime Minister’s Charity Golf Classic (PMCGC). Minister Cudjoe was at the time representing Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago at the prestigious event which took place on Saturday at the Magdalena Grand, Beach and Golf Resort, Tobago.
This year’s edition marked the 22nd anniversary of the tournament titled “Bridging the Gap” and saw a total of seventy-five (75) teams from across the region. Proceeds from this tournament are distributed to various deserving charitable cases including; the Trinidad and Tobago Cancer Society, the Autistic Society, the Tobago AIDS Society, and the Cerebral Palsy Society of Trinidad and Tobago and other charities.
Minister Cudjoe expressed her pleasure to represent the Honourable Prime Minister and thanked the PMCGC for all its philanthropic efforts. She also commended the supporters, organizations and individuals for their invaluable contributions. Minister Cudjoe said events such as these aid the sport tourism mandate and provide individuals with a better understanding and appreciation for the sport of golf. Before ending her brief remarks, the Honourable Minister said, “Have a good time, promote fair play and sportsmanship, and may the best team and best players win.” Minster Cudjoe then declared the games open and proceeded to hit the opening tee shot.
The opening ceremony was later followed by a Gala Dinner and Awards Reception. Participants, visitors and supporters were also invited to a Mother’s Day dinner and a prize giving ceremony.
Speaking at the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony, Minister Cudjoe said, “It is important that we remove the perception that golf is a sport for the privileged members of society. Internationally, golf is a sport that not only contributes to physical and mental health, but it also pays handsome rewards to those who excel in the game. There is therefore need to popularize the game countrywide and encourage more of our people, especially the youth, to take up the sport.”
She added, “This means more youth clubs and initiatives to promote youth participation, it also means greater access to quality facilities. Presently, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs, is giving consideration to exploring Private Public Partnerships (PPPs) to begin upgrade works on the Usine St. Madeline Golf Course and Club House, as well as the Sevilla Golf Course. She ended by saying, “After this experience, I'm now even more excited and energized to move these projects closer to fruition, everybody needs to experience the greatness of golf. It’s about building friendships, to promoting corporate social responsibility, to improving the lives of the less fortunate.”
The Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs stands committed to supporting the sport of golf and its various stakeholders to promote youth development, total participation and excellence in sport.