An early morning rainfall ended hours before the start of another successful Boating Business Charity Golf Tournament. The annual event, held at Shawneeki Golf and Country Club in Newmarket, Ontario in mid June, attracted well-over 100 professionals representing various segments of the recreational marine industry.
This year's tournament raised funds for a pair of noble charities including the Ontario Sailing Able Sail, Access BOOM Program and the CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) – Lake Joseph Centre. To accomplish that goal, an evening gala featuring live auctions, raffles and donations followed the tournament. Boating Business would like to thank Rick Layzell of Gordon Bay Marine for once again doing an outstanding job as the Master of Ceremonies.
Winners of this year's tournament with an impressive score of 60 on the par-72 course was team Izumi, which included Bob, Darren, Wayne and Justin Izumi.
Adding a little fun to the day, players had the opportunity to participate in several themed-hole challenges, which also helped raise additional funds for the event charities.
Reinforcing his straight-shooter image, Ed Marshall of Marshall Marketing won the straightest drive competition.
In an expert display of power, the men's longest drive went to professional angler, J.P. DeRose, while the women's went to Canadian Boat Shows' Show Director, Linda Waddell.
The closest to the keg challenge was won by Don Allin of North South Nautical Group.
Adding to his prize booty, pro-angler Bob Izumi won the men's closest to the pin challenge. Danielle Roach of Canadian National Sportsmen's Shows received the honour for the women.
Other winners of the day included GE Capital's Ryan Horvath won the closest to the palm tree challenge and John Grainger of GAM Yachting, who scored the highest at the putting challenge while wearing vision-impairing goggles supplied by the CNIB. The goggles, which simulated half a dozen different eye-impairment conditions, demonstrated the challenges facing those living with various forms of vision loss.
Boating Business would like to thank all of our event sponsors, hard-working volunteers, the Shawneeki staff, auction item donors, Platinum Sponsor Northstar Marine Insurance and lunch sponsor Andy Pallotta of Canadian Outdoor Sport Shows Inc.
A special thank you to Canadian Boat Shows, the Sharaton Centre Toronto Hotel, Creative Promotion's Inc., Discover Boating, NMMA Canada, RBC Royal Bank, Yamaha Motor Canada and C.C. Marine Distributors Inc.
Our generous event sponsors also included Airhead & Sportsstuff by Kwik Tek, Boating Ontario, Flo-Perm, GE Capital, the Golf and Travel Show, Hutchings Marine, Mercury Marine, Natural Marine, Ogilvy & Ogilvy Insurance, Robertson Yacht Insurance, Starcraft Marine, Starwood Hotels (Sheraton & Westin Harbour Castle), TD Automotive Finance and TrakMaps.
Without your help, this great event wouldn't have been possible.
A follow up report including the total funds raised for charity will be posted in the near future.