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Admirals host fifth annual golf tournament



By Christian Bouchard


The Amherstburg Admirals traded in their sticks for clubs as they celebrated their fifth annual Fall Classic golf tournament this past weekend.

Admirals players, coaches, families and friends golfed at Sutton Creek Golf Club on Sunday for the team’s annual fundraiser. Cory Burns and his team won the overall tournament shooting 18 under par and a total of 54 strokes.

While final numbers are not available yet, general manager/head coach Paul Bortignon estimates 13-14 groups participated.

Victoria Hilton goes for the green during the fifth annual Fall Classic golf tournament presented in wet conditions Sunday at Sutton Creek Golf Course in McGregor.

“Aside from the weather, I thought everything went well,” said Bortignon. “We had a ton of support from the community and all the guys had fun”.

Just a few days before their season opener, the Admirals have set the roster to the 23-player limit. He added they are excited about the players they’ve added and with the returning players but stated there wasn’t a lot of time to prepare before the season opener in Essex, which was played Tuesday night after this issue of the River Town Times went to press.

Ty Moss and Dean Deluca were among many of the rookies who Bortignon said would have a lot of impact for the team. He added Andrew Clark, a 2000 player from Windsor, is more than likely going to be the biggest surprise.

“What he brings on the penalty kill, in energy alone, and especially in the face-off circle, I think he’s going to wow some people in the organization this year,” added Bortignon.

Admirals goalie Ben Larder chips one towards the hole.

With the addition of a handful of rookies being added to the roster, the Admirals will rely heavily on veteran presence to lead the team. Now entering his fifth year with the team, Bortignon said he’s thrilled with what he’s seen from his team’s leaders.

“I really think the leadership we have this year with Austin Jennings as our Captain, Travis Campbell, Cory Burns and Caleb Paquette wearing the As, it may be the best leadership we’ve had in five years,” said Bortignon.

Along with players taking on bigger leadership roles, he stressed the importance of taking it one game at a time and trying to get as many points as possible early in the season.

“When you look at the last 30 games last year, we had the best record in the league,” he said. “That still put us in the fourth spot going into playoffs. If you can get one of the top three seeds in the league, that saves you a round of torture in the playoffs. So for us, that’s a huge goal.”

The Admirals concluded the pre-season with a 5-2 win in Wheatley last Friday. The Admirals’ first home game is Sept. 23 against the Dresden Kings at 7 p.m.


OCWA donates $1,100 to Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission


By Ron Giofu


The Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) hit the links recently and the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission benefited.

OCWA held its annual golf tournament Aug. 17 at Seven Lakes Golf Course in LaSalle and Dan Rawlins, operations manager of the Essex hub, said they raise money for a charity of their choosing every year. This year, it was the mission.

The golf tournament featured 28 participants this year, Rawlins said, with much of the proceeds being raised through raffle draws.

Rawlins added they read in the River Town Times about new chairs being needed at the mission, so that is why OCWA decided in favour of the donating there this year.

The Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) held its annual golf tournament last month with the proceeds from it – $1,100 – being donated to the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission.

Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission president Tim McAllister said the donation from OCWA is factored into the 95 sponsorships the mission has received thus far for the 100 new chairs.

“We are thankful for this generous donation,” said McAllister.

There are still five donations that are needed to complete the chair sponsorship project, but McAllister is pleased with how it has gone thus far.

“We still can’t believe it,” said McAllister. “It was so fast how we accumulated the sponsorships for the new chairs. We are excited.”

The Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission is located at 298 Victoria St. S. and can be reached by calling 519-736-9140 or visiting

Miracle League golf tournament brings in 135 golfers



By Ron Giofu


The Miracle League of Amherstburg presented its ninth annual golf tournament last Saturday and organizers are pleased with the results.

The tournament was held at Sutton Creek Golf Club with Miracle League board member and tournament organizing committee member Michele Vigneux noting that there were approximately 135 golfers.

“In our estimation, it’s really good support,” said Vigneux. “I think we only had two open teams left.”

Vigneux said the public understands that Miracle League is something worthwhile to support.

Katelyn Elder, Rachele McCandless and Diane Patterson were three of the many volunteers that helped out with the Miracle League’s golf tournament.

“I think people know it’s a good cause,” she said. “People know every cent we earn goes to the athletes and we’re really trying to do big things for the athletes.”

Golfers also know that the Miracle League tournament is a good one, Vigneux added, stating as many as seven trips were raffled off as part of last Saturday’s event.

Proceeds will go towards the new wheelchair swing, located as part of the accessible playground at the Libro Centre. That playground is situated next to the Miracle League baseball diamond.

“A big chunk of the money will go to finishing off the swing,” said Vigneux.

Other costs associated with the swing include brickwork and fencing, she said.

The Miracle League of Amherstburg is also sending four local athletes to the Miracle League all-star game in Findlay, Ohio in September, she added. A portion of the proceeds will be used to cover their costs.

The Miracle League is thankful for the corporate sponsors and donations they receive. This year’s golf tournament ambassador was Julien Miron, who plays on the Thunder team.

“I love Miracle League! It gives me the chance to play baseball!” exclaimed Julien, at the post-tournament dinner.

Julien said he sees a lot of friends and makes new ones thanks to Miracle League. His mother Louanne Miron also spoke highly of the Miracle League.

Joe Barichello, Gord Ross, Dale Kryway and Jeremy D’Alimonte were one of the foursomes in the Aug. 18 golf tournament that benefitted the Miracle League of Amherstburg.

Louanne said the players that are enrolled in the Miracle League of Amherstburg can enjoy baseball as well.

“They are differently abled,” she said. “They can do everything we can do. They can play baseball and play very well.”

Louanne added that the volunteers who put Miracle League on for eight weeks in the spring and eight weeks in the fall sacrifice their Saturdays to make it happen.

“All of these things are possible because of the people surrounding this league,” she said.

The tenth annual Miracle League golf tournament is scheduled for Aug. 17, 2019.


“Birdies and Bogies for Belle Vue” raises money for restoration



By Ron Giofu


Golfers hit the links Friday evening for the second annual “Birdies and Bogies for Belle Vue” fundraiser.

Approximately 41 golfers turned out for the event at Sutton Creek Golf Course, which was scaled back this year from the full tournament the Belle Vue Conservancy held in 2017. This year’s event was a “nine and dine” format” with the meal and prizes awarded after the golfers came back off the course.

“It went really well,” said Meg Reiner, the conservancy member who organized the event. “I think people really liked the nine and dine format, which we tried for the first time this year.”

The switch allowed the conservancy to see which format the golfers prefer.

“Birdies and Bogies for Belle Vue” golf tournament
organizer Meg Reiner (centre) stands with winners Wes Stewart (left) and Walter Stewart (right).

“It sounds like this is what people like,” she said, after Friday night’s event.

A fundraising total wasn’t available immediately after the event but should be finalized in the coming weeks.

The Belle Vue Conservancy has fundraised for the roof replacement and are hopeful to have windows replaced later this year. The exterior face of the building is the next goal, with the hope of havingwork started on that next spring.

Early reviews were positive, with Maria Goggin saying “I loved it” though joking she was part of the “worst team” in the 11-team tournament.

“We were the first ones back, so we were number one,” she joked.

Mallory Reiner, Meg’s sister, was on the same team as Goggin and praised her sister’s efforts.

“This was so much fun,” said Mallory. “The weather was really good. I think doing it in the evening was a really good idea.”

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.

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