HISTORY OF THE TOURNAMENT 20 Years ago
Well our 20th Anniversary and Final Year is now upon us!
The RBTCC had its beginnings in 1993, when Ross "Blackie" Talbot's son Clement Talbot wanted to mark the occasion of his father's (a famous Bermudian musician) 75th birthday with a special event. When a friend suggested organising a surprise social golf outing, it was an easy task to assemble a group of Ross's old friends and colleagues, many from the hotel and hospitality industry, to participate in the match and celebrate Ross's birthday. Twenty-eight participants joined in the first Tournament at the Castle Harbour Golf Club (now Tucker's Point) and later attended a private party at Clement's home. In honor of their friend "Blackie" who, to many, exemplified the Bermudian spirit of friendly hospitality and camaraderie, the entrants generously donated funds in addition to their green fees and $500 was collected for charity. The day was deemed such a success that it was decided to hold the event again the following year, this time with the express purpose of raising money for charity. Since the surprise 75th birthday Golf Tournament nineteen years ago, the RBTCC has been able to donate in excess of $3 million to 75 Bermuda Charities.
Sadly, "Blackie" passed away on November 23rd, 2000 and Bermuda lost one of its truly great gentlemen. Beside Clement and daughter Sheryan Talbot, in Bermuda, he left Melvyn, Bryan and 5 grandchildren who reside in Canada, and most importantly, he left the mother of his children and a very dear partner, Mrs. Marguerite Talbot.
Since that modest beginning in 1993 The Ross "Blackie" Talbot Charity Classic has become a fixture on the annual fund-raising calendar of Bermuda. Clement Talbot, "Blackie's" son continues to oversee this Tournament honouring his father.
Blackie's legacy of caring and community spirit lives on in the Ross "Blackie" Talbot Charity Classic where the Tournament Management Committee and its many volunteers have pledged to continue the charitable work and proud history of this event.