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Community Living Essex County golf tournament attracts 108 golfers



By Ron Giofu


Community Living Essex County’s annual golf tournament was down in the number of golfers this year but did see an increase in sponsorships this year.

Manager of community relations and resource development Tony DeSantis said there were a total of 108 golfers this year. The tournament was played last Thursday at Sutton Creek Golf Club in McGregor.

“We’re down a little bit from last year,” DeSantis said regarding the number of golfers. “We’re up with the corporate sponsors.”

Leamington won the “Municipal Cup” again this year as having the lowest score among the municipal teams that competed in the Community Living Essex County (CLEC) golf tournament. From left: Community Living Essex County executive director Karen Bolger, Paul Barnable, CAO Peter Neufeld, Mayor John Paterson, Rob Sharon and CLEC manager of community relations and resource development Tony DeSantis.

This was the 28th annual golf tournament and tenth straight year where the Municipal Cup was awarded. The Municipal Cup goes to the municipal team with the best score, with Leamington winning it once again this year.

Other towns that entered this year included Amherstburg, Lakeshore, LaSalle and Kingsville.

“It was a really nice day,” said DeSantis.

DeSantis thanked the sponsors, Sutton Creek Golf Club as well as the golfers for the support. He also was grateful for the support from the municipalities.

“We provide services right across Essex County,” said DeSantis. “We wouldn’t be able to do that without the support of our municipalities.”

CLEC executive director Karen Bolger also expressed her gratitude to the sponsors and golfers that were part of this year’s event.

“We can’t thank you enough,” said Bolger.

Bolger pointed out that Community Living Essex County supports over 700 people with intellectual disabilities and their families across Essex County.

Dave Mickle, who competed in the Community Living Essex County and won for straightest drive, stands with Team Amherstburg members. The municipal team included Sandy Lindsay, Mayor Aldo DiCarlo, Kyle Spearing and Councillor Leo Meloche.

“The proceeds from this event go directly to the people we support,” said Bolger. “The proceeds from the tournament help families of children and youth throughout the summer months to ensure supports are provided to allow children to be involved in summer camps, recreation and leisure activities while children are out of school. The funds also support four teen groups throughout Essex County.”

A final fundraising total has not been released as of yet.

For more information on Community Living Essex County, visit or call 519-776-6483. People can also “Like” them on Facebook at or “Follow” them on Twitter at

“Golf for Kyle” helps local Special Olympian with his travel expenses



By Ron Giofu


For the third straight year, a golf tournament has been held to assist a local Special Olympian with his travels.

“Golf for Kyle” was held June 23 at Sutton Creek Golf Club near McGregor with proceeds benefitting Kyle Spearing. Spearing, a 26-year-old Special Olympian, practices out of Sutton Creek under the guidance of coach Cory LaJeunesse.

“We’re heading to the Special Olympics Canada national games,” said LaJeunesse.

The golf tournament will be played July 29-Aug. 5 in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

The “Golf for Kyle” tournament featured 58 golfers and 78 in total for dinner. Spearing said he felt good and was excited to see so many people come out to support him and his efforts.

“My uncle came from Pittsburgh,” said Spearing, noting that other friends and supporters also came out to support him.

Kyle Spearing (foreground) practices his putting prior to the golf tournament in his honour June 23. Watching him is his coach Cory LaJeunesse from Sutton Creek Golf Club.

Spearing said he played a round of golf that morning prior to the tournament. He has already seen tournament action this year, including a tournament near Whitby.

“We played a couple of courses there,” he said.

While a final total from the “Golf for Kyle” tournament was not available as of press time, LaJeunesse’s early estimate was that it would raise in the neighbourhood of $5-6,000. Money raised through the tournament is held in a trust, LaJeunesse added, and used to help send Spearing to the Special Olympics tournaments he travels to. Previous tournaments have been in Hilton Head and Seattle.

Depending on how he does at the national tournament, Spearing could qualify for the Special Olympics world tournament. LaJeunesse said that has always been the goal but noted there is a relatively quick turnaround as that tournament would be held in March.

Spearing emphasized how appreciative he was to the people that turned out last Saturday and others who have helped him.

“Thanks to the community for all of the support,” he said.

Admirals golf tournament features highest number of golfers yet



By Ron Giofu


Organizers of the annual Amherstburg Integrity Admirals golf tournament were pleased with the results.

While a final total is not available yet, organizer Mary Ewer and team co-owner Wes Ewer were happy with how things turned out Sunday at Sutton Creek Golf Club.

“We had such a great response from the community and the parents for our door prizes,” said Mary. “It was the best we’ve ever had. The community came together. It was unbelievable.”

Eighty golfers hit the links, with Mary adding “it’s the best we’ve had.” There were 26 additional people that joined them for dinner.

“These are families that couldn’t join us for golf but could for dinner,” she said.

T.J. McWhinnie (left) and Ted Jacob were two of the members of the winning team in the Admirals’ golf tournament Sunday at Sutton Creek Golf Club. Mike Souligny (not pictured) was the other member of the winning team.

With friends, friends of friends and members of the community joining the team and their families, Wes believes the early results will be positive.

“It will be one of the more profitable years, for sure,” he said.

Mary said a strong local contingent on the team helped, with Wes noting that all proceeds will go towards the general operation of doing business.

Head coach/general manager Paul Bortignon said they have got the roster down to the 23 player limit. He added the team is appreciative of all the support from the families and the community as a whole.

“We’re all looking forward to a great year,” said Bortignon. “We are extremely excited. Hopefully we can finally deliver the championship to Amherstburg that we’ve been desperately seeking the last five years.”

T.J. McWhinnie, Ted Jacob and Mike Souligny were the winning team. Susan Campbell was the closest to the pin for the women while Mary Ewer had the longest drive for the women. In those same two categories, Cory Burns and Souligny won the honours among the men.

Skins were won by Mary Ewer, Kieth Ewer, Brett Corey and Doug Middleton.

Amherstburg concluded the pre-season with a 2-1 win in Essex last Tuesday and a 5-4 overtime loss in Lakeshore last Friday night. The Admirals open the 2017-18 regular season at home Sunday night with a 7 p.m. game against the visiting Petrolia Flyers.

Ed Jovanovski Charity Golf Classic presents $50,000 cheque to Canadian Cancer Society



By Ron Giofu


The Ed Jovanovski Charity Golf Classic has given a big boost to the fight against breast cancer.

The July 13 golf tournament was held at Pointe West Golf Club and raised $50,000 for breast cancer. The official cheque presentation was held Thursday at Amherstburg Buick GMC, as the dealership helped sponsor the tournament and dealer principal Scott Elliott was one of the organizers.

“It’s great,” Jovanovski said of the final total. “I think coming into it, we didn’t know what to expect. With the support from the community, friends and partners we developed, we were able to raise $50,000 for breast cancer research. We are thrilled about that.”

Organizers and volunteers had a number in mind, the former NHL defenseman said, but exceeded it.

The official cheque presentation from July's Ed Jovanovski Charity Golf Classic took place Aug. 10 at Amherstburg Buick GMC. From left: committee member Andrea Sikora, Ed Jovanovski, Canadian Cancer Society's volunteer engagement co-ordinator Theresa Blondin and dealer principal Scott Elliott.

The official cheque presentation from July’s Ed Jovanovski Charity Golf Classic took place Aug. 10 at Amherstburg Buick GMC. From left: committee member Andrea Sikora, Ed Jovanovski, Canadian Cancer Society’s volunteer engagement co-ordinator Theresa Blondin and dealer principal Scott Elliott.

“People are generous,” he said, adding that people are great to support causes like breast cancer research or causes relating to any other kind of illness.

“The feedback was great. We think (the tournament) went well,” he said. “We’re definitely excited.”

Jovanovski has a personal connection to breast cancer, as his mother had stage two breast cancer and is in her second year of remission. His brother Deni played an important role in organizing the tournament as well, he added.

Plans for next year’s tournament are already underway, with the second annual tournament planned for Pointe West July 20, 2018. Elliott said people will be able to get details soon at

Elliott was also thrilled with the overall total.

“I think it’s fantastic,” he said. “It goes to a great cause.”

Theresa Blondin, volunteer engagement co-ordinator with the Canadian Cancer Society, said breast cancer is the most diagnosed form of cancer in women, with 88 per cent of women surviving the disease. That said, there is still more work to be done with a cure being the main goal.

“We are overwhelmed with the amount of support,” she said, regarding the $50,000 donation.

As the money goes towards research, Blondin acknowledged that research has helped lead to early detection and that has resulted in the 88 per cent survival rate.

“Screening can save your life,” she said.

Alhambra Garcia Caravan #230 holds 13th annual Texas Scramble golf tournament



By Jolene Perron

Thanks to 122 golfers, 10 volunteers, a BBQ steak dinner and 18 holes of golf, more than $9,000 was raised for those with intellectual and physical disabilities last week.

The Order of Alhambra Garcia Caravan #230 held their 13th annual Texas Scramble golf tournament at the Orchard View Golf Course in Ruthven July 19. The day was kicked off with coffee and donuts, donated by Tim Hortons. Each player was also treated to a hot dog and pop at the turn at the 10th hole, and then a steak dinner at the Knights of Columbus in McGregor.

Golfers from around the area, including Amherstburg, took part in the Alhambra golf tournament last Wednesday in Ruthven.

Golfers from around the area, including Amherstburg, took part in the Alhambra golf tournament last Wednesday in Ruthven.

“All of the golfers really enjoyed themselves and they said they would be back again next year, and they said it’s probably one of the best tournaments they have been in,” said Richard Prieur, past grand commander, and current consult to the grand commander.
Prieur explained this event is one of the ways they raise their money to be able to put on picnics, boat days and Christmas parties for the mentally and physically handicapped. It also allowed them to purchase wheelchairs and assist them with anything else they may do to help out.

“Thanks to the many golfers who support us every year and the many families and businesses who donate as hole sponsors we were able to raise just over $9,000,” said Louis Trudell. “This fun filled scramble event had one team of Joseph Barichello, Dale Kryway, Ryan Dickie, and Kevin Masaro score an remarkable -10.”

Additional prizes were given out for the five closest to the pin winners on the par 3 holes:

Hole #3   Rick Kobielski

Hole #7    Craig Bryan

Hole #12  Hank Lamoureux

Hole #14  Tom Ray

Hole #18  Gerry Radford
Trudell said the always fun and challenging putting contest was won by Leon Robichaud. He said overall, the greatest winners will be the mentally and physically handicapped in the community, who will benefit from the “wonderful generosity of those supporting Alhambra and our annual golf event.” Prieur echoed his words.

“It just gives you a good feeling, a super feeling, that we can do something to help them because they’re like this 365 days a year,” Prieur said. “We try to help them with the picnics and the boat day and that, to put a smile on their face.”

For more about Alhambra Garcia Caravan 230, visit their Facebook page or contact either Therese Barichello, Grand Commander of Alhambra Garcia Caravan 230, at 519-919-6462 or Prieur at 519-726-6992.