Pointe West Golf Club

Ed Jovanovski Charity Golf Classic held at Pointe West



By Ron Giofu


A group of local golfers joined former, current and future NHL stars and some football talent as well in raising money for breast cancer research.

The second annual Ed Jovanovski Charity Golf Classic was held at Pointe West Golf Club last Friday with well-known athletes attending including the likes of Jose Theodore, Darren Banks, Aaron Ekblad, Michael DiPietro, Todd Warriner, Brett Romberg, Matt Puempel, Zack Kassian not to mention Jovanovski himself.

Jovanovski said they received “great” support again this year, reporting that it was a sell-out with 144 golfers.

“This year, the support has been unbelievable,” said Jovanovski. “There has been a great carry-over effect from last year.”

Among the athletes at the Ed Jovanovski Charity Golf Classic were (from left): Jose Theodore, Brett Romberg, Jovanovski, Aaron Ekblad and Darren Banks.

The retired NHL star and former Windsor Spitfire said they learned things from last year on what to add and what to change so that “made the tournament much better.” The reason for the donation to the Canadian Cancer Society for breast cancer awareness stems from Jovanovski’s mother being a breast cancer survivor and the impact such diagnoses has on friends and family.

“You never think it would be happening to you,” he said.

The first annual tournament raised $50,000 and Jovanovski said they were hopeful to match, if not exceed, that amount this year. He said the organizing committee plans on continuing holding the tournament as long as possible, adding it is also an opportunity to come home and visit with friends and family.

“It’s a great community here at Pointe West. They’ve been very accommodating,” added Jovanovski.

Jovanovski said they just want to give back and that they are fortunate to be in a position to do so.

Scott Elliott, one of the tournament organizers and co-owner of Amherstburg GM, said it was a great day. Amherstburg GM was one of the many tournament sponsors.

Scott Elliott and Mike Bezzoubkin from Amherstburg GM stand with Ed and Deni Jovanovski during last Friday’s Ed Jovanovski Charity Golf Classic held at Pointe West Golf Club. It was the second annual event with proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society for breast cancer research.

“It’s great for the community. It’s great for Pointe West,” he said.

Elliott pointed out that he has known Jovanovski and his family for about 30 years as he coached him in minor hockey.

“He wants to give back to the community now that he is retired,” said Elliott. “Good for him and (his brother) Deni (Jovanovski) to do that.”

Elliott also pointed out there were a number of former and current NHL players that flew in for the tournament to support the cause.

Nominations open for ACOC’s Business Excellence Awards

By Ron Giofu


The best of the best in Amherstburg’s business community will be on display April 27 but now is the time to let the Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce (ACOC) know who the public thinks is the best.

Nominations are now open for the ACOC’s Business Excellence Awards with the public invited to let the Chamber know who they think the winners should be. ACOC president Carolyn Davies pointed out they have modified the categories slightly, with the major change being elimination of Large Business of the Year and Small Business of the Year and going with Business of the Year and New Business of the Year instead.

There are 11 categories in all with the Welcoming Accessibility Award being a new addition for this year. Davies said that award is geared towards businesses who have taken steps to allow those with disabilities greater access to their establishments.

Other categories include Excellence in Customer Service, Most Attractive Improvement, Community Service/Community Involvement, Growth & Expansion, Investing in a World Class Workforce, Excellence in Food Services, Business Legacy and the ACOC Director’s Choice Awards.

Davies said it is a chance to recognize hard working local businesspeople for the efforts they do and the commitment they make.

“Business owners work hard trying to provide a good service,” she said, adding for many it’s a 24/7 commitment.

The ACOC Business Excellence Awards are a way for the community to show their appreciation to the business community, Davies noted.

Nomination forms can be dropped off at Gibb Insurance, the River Town Times, the Dan Gemus Real Estate, Duby’s Home Centre or people can visit www.amherstburgchamber.com. The awards will be handed out April 27 at Pointe West Golf Club. Tickets are $50 per person and available at the same locations.

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.