Everything is just a bit more fun when you’re doing it for a good cause, and Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBSL) is set to swing for charity November 1st, when they host their 6th Annual golf tournament, and the first tournament dedicated to charity.

“In 2010 GBS began conducting an annual golf outing principally amongst the Shipyard employees to foster team building within the yard,” noted Evan Baumberger, Manager, Quality Assurance Department at GB Shipyard, and one of the organisers of this year’s golf tournament. “Over the next couple of years, the event grew to include our partners in the marine related industries and was a way to engage in face-to-face networking in a social environment. This year we wanted to provide a more meaningful outcome of the tournament so we have decided to donate the proceeds to charity.”

The golf tournament will be played at the Reef Golf Course and is open to both male and female golfers with an entry fee of $65 per golfer. The tournament will be a two-player team scramble, with prizes for first place, second place and third place teams as well as “Closest-to-the Pin” on two par 3 holes, “Longest Drive” and a putting contest. The organisers of the tournament also hope to have a “Hole-in-One” challenge, which will boast a very special prize.


In addition to the golfing prizes, there will be a raffle at the end of the day’s golfing. There will also be a “perpetual” trophy to help memorialise the winning team. Last year 63 golfers participated in the tournament with the team of John Laris, Stuart Clotworthy and Sam Anthony winning the tournament.

Organisers of this year’s tournament hope that all of their past golfers and many new ones will join them to golf for a good cause. It is their hope that the tournament will bring in enough funds to make those less fortunate in Grand Bahama a little happier this upcoming holiday season as this tournament will solely benefit adults who need help.


“A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, so too is a community no more prosperous than the least fortunate among us,” said Reuben Byrd, Acting President and COO at GBS. “Through the GB Shipyard open golf tournaments we plan to assist the Grand Bahama Urban Renewal programme so we can help provide assistance to those less fortunate in very tangible way, and together help our community and our Island’s prosperity.”

Interested golfers may register for the tournament by contacting Shipyard organisers Evan Baumberger at 727-0657, Andy Storie at 375-0811 or Barry Dickson at 727-1406. You can also find more information about the tournament on the company’s event page.

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