Pointe West Golf Club

Local 13-year-old golfer winning big on the links

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Kyla Charlebois had a plastic golf club placed in her hand when she first learned to walk.

Now, the 13-year-old Amherstburg girl uses the real thing and is proving she is quite good at what she does.

Charlebois, a Grade 8 student at École St.-Jean Baptiste, captured three championships on the golf course, including one that will send her to Florida next July.

Kyla Charlebois, a Grade 8 student at École St.-Jean Baptiste, is picking up wins on the golf course. The Amherstburg resident will be heading to the Optimist World Championships in Florida next year.

“This year, I won the Southland Tournament. I also qualified for the Optimist World Championships in Florida,” she explained. “I also won the junior girls club championship at Pointe West.”

The local youth calls Pointe West Golf Club her home course and she said she “feels pretty good” about her accomplishments over the past year. Among the other accomplishments she has earned during her golfing career include winning the Southland nine-hole tournament two years ago and winning the Canadian Nationals in London last year.

In all, Charlebois plays in roughly 12-15 golf tournaments per year.

Charlebois stated that she practices daily and often goes right to the golf course before doing her homework. That said, she still is a straight-A student. Some of her friends don’t like golf, she admitted, but are still very supportive of her.

Her father Ryan, who is also her coach, said his daughter practices four to six hours per day in the summertime and hits into a net installed in the family’s garage during the winter to stay in shape.

Kyla Charlebois, a Grade 8 student at École St.-Jean Baptiste, is picking up wins on the golf course. The Amherstburg resident will be heading to the Optimist World Championships in Florida next year.

Charlebois said her short game is her strength but would like to improve her driving, noting “I would like to hit the ball farther.”

The mental game is something she would also like to work on so she doesn’t get bothered as much by bad shots.

“Next year, I want to play on the Jamieson Tour,” said Charlebois.

Golf is a part of her future, she envisions, as she said she would like to earn a scholarship to university and, maybe one day, join the LPGA Tour. Golfers such as Brooke Henderson, Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas are among those she looks up to.

Pointe West Golf Club “comes together” at outdoor concert

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Pointe West Golf Club held an outdoor concert Friday night where long-standing members and new members got a chance to unite.

The first “Coming Together” concert was held near the clubhouse, with band Greatest Hits Live performing. Frank Cirino, a member of the organizing committee, explained it was a chance for all members to come together and “show that Pointe West is a fun place to play at.”

Almost 500 people bought tickets for the “Coming Together” concert at Pointe West Golf Club in which Greatest Hits Live performed.

Cirino said that 477 of the 500 tickets printed were sold, with it being a chance for long time and recently joined members to network and see what Pointe West is all about as well as for members to showcase the club to potential new members.

In all, Pointe West has about 600 members.

While it was the first-ever “Coming Together” outdoor concert, Cirino believed it wouldn’t be the last.

“It will be an annual thing,” he stated.

The slope outside of Pointe West Golf Club was packed with people for the Coming Together concert Sept. 22.

Another event Pointe West recently held was another “Amherstburg Day.” That day featured 100 golfers and was designed as an opportunity to expose the course to others.

“That was filled up,” said committee member Ed Predki. “We got ten new members as a result. It was good for the club.”

A portion of the proceeds from last Friday night’s “Coming Together” concert will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House. Another portion will go towards golf course improvements.

ERCF hopeful of reaching $30,000 through annual golf tournament

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Essex Region Conservation Foundation (ERCF) was the focus of a fundraising golf tournament last Thursday at Pointe West Golf Club.

The foundation, the fundraising arm of the Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA), hosted its 29th annual tournament and Danielle Stuebing, ERCA’s director of communications and outreach services said it was the second year of it being at Pointe West.

“It was a great day. We had almost 100 people join us,” said Stuebing. “We’re hoping to get $30,000 for conservation initiatives.”

Stuebing pointed out that the funds will go into the “Place for Life” campaign with that campaign consisting of four pillars – trails, greening the region, conservation education and heritage preservation at the John R. Park Homestead.

A number of municipalities were represented as teams with politicians and administrative members among those hitting the links.

The Essex Region Conservation Foundation (ERCF), the fundraising arm of the Essex Region Conservation Authority, held its 29th annual golf tournament last Thursday at Pointe West Golf Club. The winning team included (from left) Todd Laliberte, Jen Cassidy, Pat Cloutier and David Cassidy.

The Essex Region Conservation Foundation (ERCF), the fundraising arm of the Essex Region Conservation Authority, held its 29th annual golf tournament last Thursday at Pointe West Golf Club. The winning team included (from left) Todd Laliberte, Jen Cassidy, Pat Cloutier and David Cassidy.

“We’re very fortunate to have the support of a lot of municipalities because the work we do benefits the entire region,” said Stuebing. “It’s great to have such wonderful support.”

Susan Stockwell Andrews, president of the ERCF board of directors, told the golfers that “your partnership and support really does help” fund projects and initiatives.

“This is one of the most successful fundraisers we have each year,” said Stockwell Andrews.

The Place for Life campaign has a goal of raising $1 million over three years and Stockwell Andrews noted they are trying to preserve history as well as the environment.

“We are truly blessed to live in such a stunning area,” she told the crowd at the post-tournament dinner. “We are working to protect natural areas that you see. It’s all due to your support.”

For further information, visit www.placeforlife.ca.

Former NHL’er aids cancer research with golf tourney


By Jolene Perron
Amherstburg Chevrolet Buick GMC dealership collaborated with NHL star Ed Jovanovski to host a golf tournament and raise money for cancer research.

The cause hits home for Jovanovski, who’s mother as been in remission for two years now.

“My mom had stage 2 breast cancer,” explained Jovanovski. “She battled it pretty tough for a year, but she’s now in her second year of remission. People here in Windsor did a great job. I flew in and went with her to two treatment. It takes special people to work in these places. They are upbeat people and the work that they do is amazing and whatever we can do to help, I’m more than happy to do it.”

Ed Jovanovski stands beside the Memorial Cup at his first annual golf tournament at Pointe West Golf Club. The tournament raised $50,000.

Ed Jovanovski stands beside the Memorial Cup at his first annual golf tournament at Pointe West Golf Club. The tournament raised $50,000.

With his brother being a member at Pointe West Golf Club, the choice of where to hold the Ed Jovanovski Charity Golf Classic was easy and Jovanovski explained their hospitality was fantastic.

The tournament raised $50,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Scott Elliott, dealer principal at Amherstburg Chevrolet said he and Jovanovski talked about having a golf tournament for a number of years but it was hard to arrange with Jovanovski playing in the NHL. Now that he has retired, timing worked out well.

“This charity was personally picked by Ed,” said Elliott. “Like any event of this size there is a lot of planning but with the help of Ed’s brother Deni and volunteers everybody has worked hard to put on this event. The public have received the event well. We had a 144 golfers and the tournament was full within three weeks of announcing the tournament in April.”

Steve Matoski (left) and Dale Lamoureux get ready in their golf cart for the tournament to start July 13.

Steve Matoski (left) and Dale Lamoureux get ready in their golf cart for the tournament to start July 13.

Elliott said he coached Jovanovski at the pee wee level in Windsor Minor Hockey AAA and has been friends with the family ever since.

Winners of the golf tournament were Aaron Ekblad, Kerby Rychel, Ryan Wilson and Greg Mullins with a score of -18.

“We have a lot of great deal of support here in town and everyone is so generous, you can see that by the turnout, it’s going to be talked about,” said Jovanovski. “It’s a good spot and we’re looking forward for many years to come.”

The Ed Jovanovski Charity Golf Classic coming to Pointe West July 13

 

By Jonathan Martin

National Hockey League (NHL) all-star and Olympic gold medal winner Ed Jovanovski is trading in his hockey stick for a golf club in the name of charity.

The Windsor native and former NHL defenseman met with press last Tuesday at Pointe West Golf Club to announce his partnership with Amherstburg Chevrolet Buick GMC in the development of a new golf tournament.

The Ed Jovanovski Charity Golf Classic will raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) to support its breast cancer research. Jovanovski said he knows firsthand what the disease can do.

NHL all-star and Olympic gold medalist Ed Jovanovski scrums with the press at Pointe West Golf Club Tuesday, April 18.  Jovanovski announced his partnership with Amherstburg Chevrolet Buick GMC to bring about the first annual Ed Jovanovski charity golf tournament.

NHL all-star and Olympic gold medalist Ed Jovanovski scrums with the press at Pointe West Golf Club Tuesday, April 18. Jovanovski announced his partnership with Amherstburg Chevrolet Buick GMC to bring about the first annual Ed Jovanovski charity golf tournament. (RTT Photo by Jonathan Martin)

“A couple years ago my mother went through a pretty good battle with breast cancer,” he said. “We’re grateful for anything we can do to further (CCS research) along.”

Jovanovski said his mother is doing well, though her time in the hospital was difficult for his whole family. Now that she’s doing better, he said the timing seems right.

“It has always been a dream of mine to hold a golf tournament,” he said. “Obviously, growing up (around here), this area is very important to me.”

According to Scott Elliott, dealer principal for Amherstburg Chevrolet Buick GMC, the tournament, which is set to be held at Pointe West Golf Club, will include a deli-style luncheon, hole-in-one prizes, a putting contest, auctions and dinner.

Jovanovski said he’s doing his best to convince as many of his NHL friends as possible to stop by. He did warn them, though, that no matter who shows up, he will be the best player on the green.

The tournament will be held July 13.