In what may have been the best weather the event has experienced in its history, the 11th annual Boating Business Charity Golf Tournament was greeted by sunny, cloud-free skies. The best-ball tournament took place at Shawneeki Golf and Country Club in Sharon, Ontario in mid June.
This year’s event attracted 87 golfers while 105 industry members gathered at day’s end to rub elbows during the charity dinner, live auction and raffle. Event proceeds are currently being tabulated, but initial estimates have placed the tournament’s fund raising efforts at nearly double to what they were in 2015. The event supports a pair of exceptional marine charities, including CNIB’s (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) Lake Joseph camp and Ontario Sailing’s Access BOOM Mobile Program.
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.
Prior to announcing the tournament and hole challenge winners, Boating Business‘ National Sales Manager, Tony Lepera, highlighted several exciting initiatives Metroland Media Marine has undertaken in the past few months. These include:
• The launch of new digital app editions of PORTS The Cruising Guides
• The creation of a PORTS Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair for 2017
• The creation of a new Boating Business Employer of Choice awards program
• A recent redesign of Boating Business magazine
• A renewed focus on the boating lifestyle in Boatguide magazine
Taking home the hardware, this year’s tournament championship team consisted of RBC’s Mike Dolan, Dealerplan’s Bret DiPietro, Dealerplan Peterborough’s Jeff McLean and Dealerplan Peterborough’s Jim Priest. The team finished with a final score of 62 on the 72-par course.
Displaying fine swing technique on hole six (or was it just luck?) Natural Marine’s Longest Drive awards went to Johanne Colemen of Creative Promotions (women) and Fred Lachlan of Volvo Penta (men).
Trent Port Marina, which sponsored hole three, operated its own longest drive competition. By day’s end, Canadian Boat Show’s Judy Richardson (women) and Bennett Power Sports’ Geoff Bennett were recognized for their impressive driving power.
MD Marine Insurance, whose team members were clad in retro cassette tape shorts and shirts bright enough to block out the sun, operated the Mystery Spot challenge over at hole 10. Mike Dolan of RBC hit pay dirt, landing his opening drive closest to the location selected in advance by MD Marine’s Kim Thompson.
Starcraft Marine’s Closest to the Cover challenge at hole 13 was a test of accuracy. Without any malice, JP DeRose of Canadian Outdoor Sport Shows landed his shot closest to the 2016 summer cover of Boatguide magazine and was awarded a prize for his shooting finesse.
Congratulations also goes out to Hutchings Marine Products’ Dean Rivett, who came away the winner of The Closest to the Pin challenge at hole nine.
Finally, the Putting Hole Challenge, operated by CNIB, resulted in a tie between Geordie Newlands of Summer Water Sports and Stan Messenger of Lefroy Harbour, each of whom scored 80 out of a potential 150 points while wearing vision impairing goggles.
Boating Business would like to thank all of our event sponsors, volunteers, the Shawneeki Golf Club and auction item donors.
Boating Business would like to extend a special ‘thank you’ to:
• BnB Bar – Sharaton Centre Toronto Hotel (the 19th Hole sponsor & 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 pressure washer for the live auction)
• Spring Fishing and Boat Show (porchetta lunch courtesy of Andy Pallotta)
• MD Marine Insurance’s Rick Layzell and auctioneer extraordinaire
• CNIB Putting Challenge volunteers: Kevin, Wendy, Monika and Michelle
Thank you to our Hole Sponsors:
• Boating Ontario (and dinner sponsor)
• Canadian Boat Shows – Toronto International Boat Show
• Canadian Outdoor Sport Shows – Spring Fishing & Boat Show
• Investors Group
• MD Marine Insurance
• Mercury Marine
• Natural Marine
• Ogilvy Insurance
• Scepter Corp.
• Starcraft Marine
• The Toronto Golf & Travel Show
• Trent Port Marina
• Wells Fargo
To date, the Boating Business Charity Golf Tournament has raised over $175,000 for marine-related causes, not including this year’s proceeds.
Stay tuned for next year’s tournament date.