Organizers thrilled with first-ever Canadian Tire Amherstburg Classic


By Ron Giofu


The first-ever Canadian Tire Amherstburg Classic was held last Thursday afternoon with three local groups ready to split the proceeds.

CTC Golf ClassicThe golf tournament, held at Pointe West Golf Club, saw proceeds scheduled to be divided amongst the Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce, the AMA Sportsmen’s Association and Jumpstart. A final total was not available at press time. The latter is a program offered through Canadian Tire and administered by Amherstburg Community Services which helps children from financially challenged families be able to afford organized sports and recreation.

Tournament committee chair Ron Renaud noted they raised at least $10,180 for Jumpstart on the 14th hole alone as part of the “Kevin Westgarth Longball Challenge.” The amount depended on the longest drive at that hole, which ended up being roughly 300 yards.

“We asked people to pledge anywhere from ten cents and up,” explained Renaud. “Whatever the yardage was, we multiplied it by the pledge.”

Renaud, who also chairs the local Jumpstart committee, said all proceeds raised at the Canadian Tire Amherstburg Classic for Jumpstart will stay locally.

“All of the money stays in this community,” Renaud stated. “One hundred percent of the money stays in Amherstburg.”

Renaud added that $10,180 to be raised for charity on one hole “is unheard of.”

There were 110 golfers in this year’s tournament with River Town Times associate editor and committee member Joel Charron acting as master of ceremonies at the dinner following the day on the links.

Renaud was also pleased with how the day turned out as a whole. He said those who attended were “a very, very generous group of people.”

The Canadian Tire store in Amherstburg was the title sponsor and franchise owner Jeff Levy was thrilled with how the golf tournament turned out.

“For our first year, it was huge,” said Levy.

Levy also predicted a large fundraising total.

“I’m excited about the total,” he said. “I know it’s going to be huge.”

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