Golf tournament raises money for Bishop's Falls association
Supporters of the Bishop's Falls Minor Hockey Association are excellent double sport athletes.
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Ed Tilley sinks a putt on the 18th hole at the Grand Falls Golf Course during the Bishop's Falls Minor Hockey Association Golf Tournament earlier this month. The event raised nearly $21,000 for the 2011-12 season.
Along with cheering on the various teams in the association, they also lend assistance on the links.
The association held its annual golf tournament fundraiser in Grand Falls-Windsor on June 4 raising almost $21,000 to help keep the cost of registration at a reasonable price.
"It went really well. The last number of years have really picked up," said Brian Tremblett, president of the association. "It's a fun day for golfers and non-golfers. That is the type of tournament it is. It doesn't matter, gifted or not. Everyone has a tremendous time."
While the Bishop's Falls Minor Hockey Association was the big winners on the day, Roy Stanley's team from St. John's came out on top in tournament and the women's team of Colleen Faulkner, Susan Bursey, Leslie Abbott and Donna Tilley finished in first place in the women's portion of the event.
One hundred seventeen golfers participated in the four-person team best ball format, which breaks the norm for bottle drives and ticket draws as hockey fundraisers.
"It brings a lot of people together for a lot of fun and the biggest bonus is it helps us keep our registration costs down for the parents of the kids," said Tremblett.
Just a few years ago, the top fundraiser of the tournament brought in $300 this year, the top fundraiser had over $2,600, so the tournament has continued to grow over the years.
The money generated from the golf outing is a substantial figure, but Tremblett says that when the cost of ice time alone throughout a season is $35,000, it is still nowhere near enough to eliminate the cost of hockey for the Bishop's Falls youth.
"It sounds like a whole lot of money to a whole lot of people, but (with the cost of ice time) it helps keep registration costs down," he said. "People don't realize that sometimes, but it is a great deal of fun and something everyone looks forward to each year.
It is not only the community of Bishop's Falls that embraces the tournament. Golfers from across the province participate and the business community plays a role donating prizes and support.
"It's a huge positive (to have the numbers we do) because if we didn't see (people embrace the event) we wouldn't go back to it year after year," said Tremblett. "We have a waiting list of people who want to golf in this event, but we can't accommodate everybody."