How it all began

Tee Time, The First Tournament

In 1993, Clement Talbot, J.P. wanted to mark the occasion of his father’s birthday with a special event. When a friend suggested organising a social golf outing, it was an easy task to assemble a group of his father’s old friends and collegues, many from the hotel and hospitality industry, to participate in the match and celebrate Ross’s birthday.

32 participants joined in the tournament at Castle Harbour Golf Club and later attended a private party at the home of Clement Talbot. In honour of their friend “Blackie,” who to many exemplified the Bermudian spirit, the celebrants 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.

A Happy Tradition

Since that modest beginning in 1993, the Ross “Blackie” Talbot Memorial Charity Golf Tournament has become a fixture on the annual fund-raising calendar of Bermuda. Clement Talbot, Director of Corporate Relationships for the Bank of Bermuda, continues to oversee this tournament honouring his father.

In 2001, the tournament was held at Riddell’s Bay Golf & Country Club and was dedicated to the memory of Ross. The enormously successful event netted $150,000 for local charities! Because of this great success, a check for $100,000 was donated to the designated charity, FOCUS Counselling Services, and a second check of $50,000 to the Ross “Blackie” Talbot Foundation.

For 2002, the following charitable organisations have been selected for funding: Adult Education School, YouthNet, Bermuda Dance Company and the Ross “Blackie” Talbot Foundation.

This is our tenth year in raising money for Bermudian charities. It is our hope to match last year’s fundraising goal.