The flooding issues in Brandon haven’t dampened the spirits of the community when it comes to supporting local charity golf tournaments.
The Westman Dreams for Kids McDonald’s Classic, which was held last Thursday at the Shilo Country Club, had another fantastic year by raising an estimated $70,000. Meanwhile, the Birdies for Brain Tumours tournament, which ran Saturday at the Glen Lea Golf Course, raised an estimated $45,000 to fund brain tumour research.
Thursday’s golf tournament is the largest day to raise funds for Westman Dreams for Kids — which does everything from send kids to places like Disney World to helping families with lodging when they have to go to Winnipeg for medical treatment for their kids. The sunny day and willingness of people and businesses to donate left committee chairperson Scott Ball pleased.
“It’s just a well-organized golf tournament,” he said. “The highlight is generating money for Dreams for Kids. That’s all that means anything to me. It’s the most important day for Dreams for Kids from a financial standpoint for the year and $70,000 grants a lot of dreams.”
Meanwhile, Birdies for Brain Tumours organizer Connor Thomson couldn’t have been any happier with his event. In addition to the tournament, which had 272 people, and the banquet, which 385 people attend, his friends and family put on four other smaller fundraisers to help boost the event’s profits 50 per cent over last year.
“I’m ecstatic,” said Thomson, a Vincent Massey graduate who now lives in Winnipeg. “It’s quite unbelievable to see. We had a number of other fundraisers before the tournament this year and I think that really attributed to the success of the whole fundraiser. I think we had about four previous little fundraisers that contributed to the tournament and that along with more participants and more people attend the banquet, I’m happy with the success of the event.”
The cause is very important to Thomson as he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour in 2011. He was happy to raise $30,000 in each of the first two years he put on the tournament, but was worried about how this year would turn out with flooded roads and course conditions around Brandon. Everything came together and he returned home proud to have put on another solid event and receiving a lot of support from his hometown community.
“I said at the banquet that it’s really nice that we’re raising money and that is great, but it’s even better that we’re seeing more and more awareness with events like this pop up through family members and friends of mine,” he said. “They just feel that they want to do something to help out as well.”
REOPENING: The Oak Island Resort will reopen all 18 holes on Friday at 8 a.m. The bottom nine was flooded and crews worked to build up the dike and repair the course, but they are is good shape now.
AMATEUR: The Golf Manitoba men’s amateur championship begins Monday at The Links at Quarry Oaks and the Niakwa Country Club. Westman golfers in the field include Josh and Zach Wytinck as well as Glen Ford from Glenboro and Brandonites Travis Fifi, David Glenn, Ross Sheard and Jeremy Marvin. Neepawa’s Joe Chartrand is in the competition along with Connor Shaw, Trevor Fox and Drew Tyschinski of Dauphin.
CHIP SHOTS: The Reston Rockets are holding a golf tournament at Oak Island today to raise funds to travel to the Canadian Senior AAA baseball championship … Tuesday’s Westman Junior Golf Tour event has been moved to Carberry from the Wheat City due to flooding … Boissevain’s Tommy Turtle four-person scramble is set for July 19. To register, call 204-534-2365 … Minnedosa’s Men’s Open will be held on July 20. Register at the club at 204-867-3151 … Carberry’s Senior Men’s Open will take place on July 25. The cost is $40. The Desert Classic, held in Carberry and Neepawa on Aug. 2 and 3, costs $80. To register, call the Carberry Sandhills club at 204-834-2325 … Although the location of the Brandon Sun Father-Son golf tournament is up in the air with the Wheat City course flooded, entries will still be accepted until the end of July. Cost is $80 per team. Contact Shawn Baker at 204-725-1958 or email Glen Parker at email@example.com. … The Clear Lake Ladies’ Classic will be held Aug. 25. Call Pat at 204-848-7497.