A Golf Classic will take place over this weekend in the Strokestown Golf Course in aid of the missionaries in Africa. It is hoped that there will be a big turn out over the weekend to support the event, which is aiding a very good cause indeed. Fr. Pauric Devine, a native of Frenchpark, has been in Africa for the past nineteen years and has made an appeal to the public to come along and support the project in what should be an enjoyable occasion for all. Fr. Devine has spent nearly two decades in the poverty-stricken countries of Kenya and Tanzania. He is a dedicated member of the SMA (Society of African Missions) which has been responsible for some tremendous projects in Africa. The funds generated from the Golf Classic will go towards educational and medical projects in both Kenya and Tanzania. The SMA has been instrumental in providing much-needed facilities in Africa and has been responsible for the building of schools, health centres as well as funding for irrigation schemes. Leo Cox of the Percy French and Strokestown Golf Club along with Fr. Devine has being the driving force behind the event and there are a host of attractive prizes on offer over the weekend. There are currently between 35-40 teams entered in the classic, but Fr. Devine hopes this figure may reach the seventy mark before the weekend and would appeal to everybody who can to support the event. Their will also be a dinner dance held on Saturday week, 25th August in the Percy French, Strokestown, to support the project and raise funds for the SMA. Booking details can be obtained by contacting the Percy French Hotel. If you are interested in entering a team for the Golf Classic, contact Stephen O’Connor on (087) 2482334. Again, a very enjoyable weekend’s golf is in prospect, so why not enter a team and soak up the pleasant atmosphere at Strokestown Golf Club this weekend. It’s all for a very good cause.