9th Annual Boating Business Golf Tournament a Hit

Boating Business' 9th Annual Charity Golf Tournament was greeted by sunny warm weather, creating the perfect conditions for a splendid day of bestball golf. The annual event, which returned to the Shawneeki Golf and Country Club in Sharon, Ontario in mid June, brought together 90 of our industry's professionals.

As is the case each year, the tournament served to raised funds for a pair of worthwhile causes, including the CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) – Lake Joseph Centre; and the Ontario Sailing Able Sail, Access BOOM Program.

Funds were raised by way of live auction, raffles and donations from various marine companies. Boating Business would like to thank Rick Layzell of MD Marine for rising to the occasion and serving as our auctioneer and raffle ticket announcer. Although not yet available, the proceeds raised by the event will be announced in the near future. However, to date the event has raised more than $160,000 for charity.

This year's tournament winning team consisted of Mike Dolan of RBC; Steve Hawkins of Walker Financial; Jeff McLean of Dealerplan Peterborough; and Jim Priest of Dealerplan Peterborough, scoring a remarkable 60 on the par-72 course. That ties last year's champions, Team Izumi, which won with the same score in 2013.

The putting contest, sponsored by Starcraft Marine and Smoker Craft, challenged players to earn points by hitting a limited number of balls through scoreboard doorways – each worth different amounts. If aiming at a distant target wasn't challenging enough, players also needed to wear vision impairing goggles supplied by the CNIB. TD Bank's Paul Ferrero proved to be the most accurate putter of the day, producing a top score of 150 points.

In an impressive display of skill, the longest drive of the day for the women went to Cheryl Treliving of Mercury Marine. She later followed that up by also winning the closest to the pin challenge. Nice job Cheryl!

Jessie Davis of Legend Boats powered his way to the longest drive of the day for the men. However, it was eagle-eyed, Frank Guida who showed the best accuracy, winning the men's closest to the pin contest. MD Marine Insurance's Rick Layzell won the straightest drive challenge, showing himself to be a straight shooter (who would have guessed?). Paul Smith of Northpoint Commercial Finance won the closest to the Palm Tree challenge – hopefully that was the only tree he landed his shot next to that day.

Ed Marshall of Lakefield Financial raised his game for the closest to the keg of beer challenge, sponsored by RBC, actually hitting the keg at a distance of approximately 150 yards.

Boating Business would like to thank all of our generous event sponsors, the Shawneeki golf course staff, auction item donors, hole sponsors, lunch sponsor (Canadian Outdoor Sport Shows Inc.) and volunteers.

A special thank you to our lead sponsors including:
• Canadian Boat Shows
• BnB Bar – Sharaton Centre Toronto Hotel
• Northstar Marine Insurance
• Yamaha Motor Canada

Our generous event sponsors also included: Brunswick Boat Group; Boating Ontario; C.C. Marine Distributors; Discover Boating Canada; GE Capital CDF; Lakefi eld Financial Services; Legend Boats; Hutchings Marine; MD Marine Insurance; Mercury Marine; Starcraft, Smoker Craft, Sylvan and Sunchaser; Scepter Corp.; Natural Marine; Ogilvy and Ogilvy Insurance; Ontario Sailing; RBC – Royal Bank; Skippers' Plan Boat Insurance; Canadian Outdoor Sport Shows Inc.; TCF Inventory Finance; Volvo Penta; Shawneeki Golf Club; the Golf and Travel Show; and the Gluten Free Show.

The support of our sponsors, partners and volunteers has already played a major role in enriching the lives of many children living with disabilities. We truly appreciate your generosity. Our 10th Annual Boating Business Charity Golf

Tournament is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, June 9, 2015.