Amherstburg Golf Classic brings in roughly $30,000

 

The 2014 Canadian Tire Amherstburg Golf Classic was held at Pointe West Golf Club last Thursday with the “Golden Tire” for top foursome going to (from left) Gord Wood, John Shiha, Jim McMahon and Paul Dufour. Early estimates have the tournament raising $30,000.

The 2014 Canadian Tire Amherstburg Golf Classic was held at Pointe West Golf Club last Thursday with the “Golden Tire” for top foursome going to (from left) Gord Wood, John Shiha, Jim McMahon and Paul Dufour. Early estimates have the tournament raising $30,000.

By Ron Giofu

 

While Gord Wood, John Shiha, Jim McMahon and Paul Dufour were the top foursome, it was Centennial Park, Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart program and the AMA Sportsmen’s Association that were the big winners in this year’s Amherstburg Golf Classic.

This year’s Canadian Tire-sponsored event was held last Thursday at Pointe West Golf Club with 128 golfers, a slight increase over last year’s 112. Rotary Club president Lena Lazanja, who noted the Rotary project for this year is to begin Centennial Park restorations, was happy with the turnout.

“What is special this year is that a lot of there are a lot of golfers that returned,” said Lazanja. “It’s incredible the amount of support that was shown to us considering it is only our second year.”

Early estimates for how much the tournament raised were in the neighbourhood of $30,000 as of Tuesday morning, Lazanja added.

Lazanja said Pointe West was a “fantastic” host again this year and that the AMA Sportsmen’s Association volunteers manned the holes and helped to run the tournament.

“We can’t do it without them,” said Lazanja.

Rotary was a “perfect fit” to help carry out the Centennial Park revitalization project with Lazanja stating plans call for it to take place over several years, starting with a revamping of the skateboard park.

Jeff Levy, dealer at the Canadian Tire store in Amherstburg, was also happy with how this year’s golf tournament went. He called it “another fantastic day” and credited the community for helping to make that happen.

“I think Amherstburg citizens love Amherstburg,” he said. “I think our community is special because of that.”

Levy called the tournament “a huge success” and said all proceeds will be donated back into the Amherstburg community.

“It was a lot of fun,” he said.

“What an amazing golf tournament,” added organizing committee member John Tregaskiss. “It couldn’t have gone any better. We received an overwhelming amount of support from everyone involved, and we were able to raise a bunch of money for a great cause.”
Tregaskiss added all of the money raised is staying in Amherstburg and will benefit children in our community.

“We raised money for Jumpstart, the Kids Fishing Derby and the majority of the funds will go to the Amherstburg Rotary to be held in trust for the Centennial Park Revitalization Project,” he said. “We are still in the infant stages of the park planning, and encourage more people and organizations to jump on board and help us with this great project. It is a huge undertaking that will need to be completed over time, in phases. Before we break ground, we need to make sure it is planned out properly and done right the first time. This is a legacy project that will benefit our community for many years to come.”

Tregaskiss next fundraiser is the Aburg Kids Fest “ Pumpkinville”, Oct. 4 at Bright Child Montessori. For more information go to www.facebook.com/AburgKidsFest.

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