Moving to a new venue for 2017, the 12th annual Boating Business Charity Golf Tournament was a success, raising a little over $10,000 for a pair of exceptional causes. The weather cooperated as well, producing a glorious sunny day for our golfers.
Held in early June at the Royal Ashburn Golf Club in Whitby, Ontario, the event raised funds for CNIB’s Lake Joseph Centre as well as Ontario Sailing’s Access BOOM school for those with disabilities. The event also offers an excellent opportunity to network with your colleagues as well as catch up with old friends.
This year, the best-ball tournament featured 23 foursomes consisting of 92 golfers and 106 industry members for the concluding dinner and auction. Attendance was up from last year.
Dominating the field and winning first place with a score of 58 on the par-72 course were Wayne Izumi, Yves Bisson, Kevin Estrada and Ash Goldie. Clearly the team consisted of some very talented golfers. If the gang returns next year, we may have to make them play with a significant stroke handicap – just kidding guys, congratulations!
Winning our tournament’s Longest Drive competition were Yamaha Motor’s Amanda Comission (women) and Lefroy Harbour’s Ryan Stovold (men).
Showing the most accuracy were Canadian Boat Show’s Linda Waddell (women) and Starcraft Marine’s Gord Brittle (men), who won their respective closest to the pin challenges. Meanwhile, Adrian Dew of Investors Group won the Closest to the Cover hole, which challenged golfers to land their ball as close as possible to the blown-up cover of our May/June issue of Boating Business, featuring a report on our industry’s recent lobbying efforts on Parliament Hill and the release of our industry’s latest Economic Impact Study.
MD Marine’s special Mystery Hole challenge was won by Ontario Sailing’s Helen Dam, who landed her opening drive closest to a randomly chosen location at hole number one.
Over on hole six, Trent Port Marina held its own longest-drive contest. At day’s end, the marina’s representatives, Jennifer Rushow and Nick Ogden, declared Wells Fargo’s Patricia Carrara (women) and Izumi Outdoors’ Kevin Estrada the winners.
Over at the putting contest green, CNIB challenged teams to accurately place their shots through a wooden scoreboard while wearing vision-impairing goggles. The goggles simulated a variety of eye-related conditions, helping to raise awareness about what many visually impaired people have to live with on a daily basis. Despite the restriction, the Lefroy Harbour foursome of Ryan Stovold, Jeff Stovold, Stan Messenger and Paul Cornwall prevailed.
Investors Group operated the Hole-In-One contest over at hole 13, which awards $5,000 to the exceptionally accurate. Unfortunately, no one landed the shot this year. Here’s hoping we’ll see a novelty-sized cheque appear at next year’s tournament.
Contributions to Ontario Sailing’s Access BOOM Mobile Program have helped the organization grow its fleet of special Access Dinghies, specially designed to meet the needs of sailors with physical or cognitive disabilities. The Ontario-based program enables participants to safely enjoy the fun of sailing alongside certified instructors.
Support for CNIB goes towards the operation of the charity’s Lake Joseph camp in MacTier, Ontario. This is where the group helps partially sighted or blind children and youth to enjoy the complete summer camping experience, including swimming, canoeing, power boating, kayaking, sailing, cycling and simply sitting around the campfire with friends.
Boating Business would like to thank all of our event sponsors, volunteers, auction item donors and the Royal Ashburn Golf Club. See the July/August issue of Canada’s only marine trade publication for additional coverage on the event.
Boating Business would also like to extend a special ‘thank you’ to:
- BnB Bar – Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel (the 19th Hole sponsor and three-night hotel stay for the live auction)
- Canadian Boat Shows – Toronto International Boat Show (in conjunction with Porter Airlines – a flight anywhere Porter goes for the live auction)
- Yamaha Motor Canada (a Yamaha generator for the live auction)
- Boating Ontario (dinner sponsor)
- Spring Fishing and Boat Show (porchetta lunch courtesy of Andy Pallotta)
- Rick Layzell – auctioneer extraordinaire
- Victoria Palotta – who sold charity supporting raffle tickets
Thank you to our Hole Sponsors:
- Boating Ontario
- Canadian Boat Shows – Toronto International Boat Show
- Corporate Culture Employer of Choice
- Canadian Safe Boating Council
- Dealerplan Barrie
- Investors Group (Hole in One Challenge)
- MD Marine Insurance (the Mystery Hole)
- Mercury Marine (Closest to the Pin – men’s)
- Natural Marine (Longest Drive – men’s and women’s)
- Northpoint Commerical Finance
- Ogilvy Insurance
- Smoker Craft (Closest to the Pin – women’s)
- Spring Fishing and Boat Show (Canadian Outdoor Sport Shows)
- Trent Port Marina (Trent Port Marina’s Longest Drive Challenge)
- Wells Fargo
To date, the Boating Business Charity Golf Tournament has raised over $195,000 for marine-related causes.
Next year’s tournament is scheduled for Tuesday, June 12, 2018. To register, contact Liz Hanna at (800) 693-7986 ext. 740640, (289) 293-0640 (direct) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.