The seventh annual Boating Business Industry Golf Tournament had to dodge a few rain showers, but in the end sunshine prevailed.
On June 12, approximately 140 dealers, reps, manufacturers and distributors gathered at Shawneeki Golf and Country Club in Sharon, Ontario, for the seventh annual golf gala. Thankfully, the showers blew through quickly, with most on the field electing to stay on the course rather than retreat to the clubhouse. They were followed by the blue skies and bright sunshine that normally mark the event.
Team Spring Fishing and Boat Show (Andy Pallotta, J.P. De Rose, Mark Pancci and Frank Guida) had difficulty defending its title a tournament winner, finishing in a dead tie at 11 under par with Team Ontario Out Of Doors (Susan Welsby, Neda Mojgani, Stephen Bates and Glen Marks).
The fiercely contested putting challenge also resulted in a tie, with the winner, Neal Diefenbaker, decided by random draw. Pauline Cascagnette won the Closest To The Palm Tree hole, while Brenda Polhill took the Closest To The Beer Keg title.
Jill Renshaw claimed the ladies' Longest Drive award this year, while J.P. De Rose hit farthest for the men. Steve Hawkins claimed the coveted Straightest Drive title, while bragging rights for Closest To The Pin went to Phil Dickson in the men's group, and Joanne Coleman among the women.
As always, a great afternoon of golf was followed by cocktails on the sunny patio and a hearty dinner courtesy of the chefs at Shawneeki. Master of Ceremonies Rick Layzell presided over the presentation of raffle prizes, as well as handling the popular live auction. Proceeds from the event will benefit worthwhile children's charities including Ontario Sailing and Variety's Boat for Hope.
Boating Business would like to thank all of our event sponsors, our fantastic volunteers, Shawneeki staff, auction donors, Platinum Sponsor Northstar Marine Insurance, lunch sponsor Andy Pallotta of Canadian Outdoor Sport Shows Inc., goodie bag sponsor TD Finance, dinner sponsors NMMA Canada and Discover Boating. Finally, a special thank you to Master of Ceremonies and auctioneer Rick Layzell of Yamaha Motor Canada. Without your help, this great event simply wouldn't be possible.
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A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS
Shawneeki Golf and Country Club
Canadian Boat Shows Inc.
Toronto International Boat Show
Northstar Marine Insurance
Discover Boating Canada
Canadian Outdoor Sport Shows Inc.
RBC Royal Bank
Yamaha Motor Canada
Ogilvy & Ogilvy Insurance
GE Commercial Distribution Finance Capital Canada
C.C. Marine Distributors Inc.
Toronto Star Golf & Travel Show
Airhead & Sportsstuff by Kwik Tek
Sheraton/Westin Harbour Castle Hotels
Skippers' Plan – Robertson & Robertson Insurance