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Mission golf tournament raises approximately $6,500

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The organizer of the 11th annual Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission golf tournament is pleased with how this year’s event played out.

“This year, we did really well,” said Winston McAllister. “It was amazing weather and we had great support as always.”

There were 136 golfers this year, McAllister stated.

The tournament was held at Dominion Golf Course in LaSalle.

“We were up 40 golfers from last year’s tournament,” he said. “We had a lot of great support from a lot of great sponsors as they really helped us out.”

McAllister, son of mission board of directors president Tim McAllister, said he couldn’t put a finger on exactly why so many people came out this year, but added they have a good core group of golfers that attend with newcomers joining them.

The Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Misson’s golf tournament was Saturday at Dominion Golf Course in LaSalle. The winning foursome this year included (from left): Kyle Booker, Jesse Carter, Bruce Bratt and Mark Bondy.

“Hopefully people had fun and continue to come back,” said McAllister, who stated the tournament topped the $6,500 mark.

“Our eleven-year total to date is $62,600,” he said.

All proceeds will go directly back into the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission, he added.

“The mission is run 100 per cent by volunteers,” said McAllister. “Whatever their greatest need is, the money will be used to support that.”

McAllister added he thanks all the volunteers, sponsors, golfers and all who supported the July 7 tournament.

“There’s so many people who made this happen,” he said. “Without them, we wouldn’t have had the success we’ve had with this golf tournament.”

People understand why the mission is needed, he added.

“I th ink the need for the mission is clear,” said McAllister. “Some people fall on hard times. ‘People Helping People’ is their motto and they are here to help the community.”

The Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission is located at 298 Victoria St. S. and their phone number is 519-736-9140. For more information, visit www.aburgmission.ca or “like” them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmherstburgMission.

Amherstburg Oldtimers tournament draws team from this area and Michigan

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Oldtimers Hockey Tournament returned again this year with over two dozen teams hitting the ice.

The tournament ran last Friday through Sunday at the Libro Centre with 26 teams participating on both ice pads over the three days. That number was down slightly from last year, when 28 teams participated, but tournament manager Jim Rousseau indicated that was due to some of the players being banged up.

“I’ve got five teams from Michigan and the rest are from Essex County and Windsor,” said Rousseau. “There are seven teams from Amherstburg alone.”

The Amherstburg Oldtimers Hockey Tournament was held last Friday through Sunday at the Libro Centre with action on both pads. A total of 26 teams came out for this year’s tournament. with teams coming from around Windsor-Essex County and Michigan.

Rousseau said three of the Amherstburg teams were in the open division with four coming from the Tri-Community Men’s Hockey League that play Sunday mornings. There were six divisions and various age groups with most divisions having four teams with the other having six.

The Amherstburg Oldtimers Hockey Tournament has been running for nearly four decades and continues to thrive because people locally want it to succeed.

“It’s the commitment,” said Rousseau. “It’s a tradition. We don’t let it die.”

The tournament also benefits the community. The Amherstburg Oldtimers purchase whatever they need locally and also make donations to Canadian Tire Jumpstart and the Miracle League of Amherstburg.

The Amherstburg Oldtimers Hockey Tournament was held last Friday through Sunday at the Libro Centre with action on both pads. A total of 26 teams came out for this year’s tournament. with teams coming from around Windsor-Essex County and Michigan.

“I took the approach that we are from the town and we should support the town,” said Rousseau.

The Amherstburg Oldtimers, who scrimmage Thursday nights at the Libro Centre, also travel to tournaments throughout the hockey season. They won a recent tournament in Tillsonburg and will be travelling to St. Catharines in a few weeks.

Local house league baseball teams converge on Amherstburg

 

 

By RTT Staff

 

House league baseball teams from around Essex County and Windsor converged on Amherstburg for a weekend tournament earlier this month.

The wrap-up tournament saw eight teams in the pee wee division with teams coming from Kingsville, Forest Glade, Turtle Club (LaSalle), Leamington, Belle River, Tecumseh, Windsor Central and Riverside. That division played primarily at Centennial Park.

Amherstburg was represented in the bantam tournament held recently at the Libro Centre. (Back row): coaches Rob Faraday, Mike Bergeron , players Ed Laroye, Kain McDonald, Coach Brian McDonald, players Nolan Crain, Andrew Pickle, Andy Beneteau, head coach Dave Wharram. Bottom row: Jake Hamilton , Jacob Kelterborn, Matthew Pickle, Devon D'Alimonte, Ryan (Buzz) Wharram. Laying in front is Josh Bergeron. (Special to the RTT)

Amherstburg was represented in the bantam tournament held recently at the Libro Centre. (Back row): coaches Rob Faraday, Mike Bergeron , players Ed Laroye, Kain McDonald, Coach Brian McDonald, players Nolan Crain, Andrew Pickle, Andy Beneteau, head coach Dave Wharram. Bottom row: Jake Hamilton , Jacob Kelterborn, Matthew Pickle, Devon D’Alimonte, Ryan (Buzz) Wharram. Laying in front is Josh Bergeron. Frankie Jariett is absent. (Special to the RTT)

The bantam division saw five teams compete. Action was mainly at the Libro Centre, though one game was at Centennial Park. Teams from Amherstburg, Turtle Club, Riverside, Windsor South and Forest Glade took to the field with Amherstburg being eliminated with a 15-5 loss Saturday night to Forest Glade.

This was the second straight tournament in Amherstburg in successive weekends, with the South Shore Interlock Tournament the previous weekend for the pee wee players. That was at Centennial Park.

Ed Laroye pitches to the plate  during the recent bantam  tournament held in Amherstburg. Most of the games in the bantam division were at the Libro Centre while pee wee teams  competed at Centennial Park.

Ed Laroye pitches to the plate during the recent bantam tournament held in Amherstburg. Most of the games in the bantam division were at the Libro Centre while pee wee teams competed at Centennial Park.

“This team being put together in a very short period of time to represent Amherstburg in the tourney we were hosting. This team really worked hard and although didn’t make the finals on Sunday we still walked away winners. I couldn’t be more proud of the dedication these 12 guys showed the past month or so while preparing for this tournament,” said bantam head coach Dave Wharram.

Golf for Kyle tournament helps Special Olympian heading to Florida

 

 

By Adam D’Andrea

 

Essex County golfers teed off on Sunday afternoon to help one local Special Olympian get closer to achieving his goals.

Over 60 participants headed to Sutton Creek Golf Club last Sunday for the “Golf for Kyle” tournament. Proceeds from the day will help Kyle Spearing, 24, travel to the Special Olympics North America Golf Invitational Tournament in Port St. Lucie, Florida at the end of September.

“Everybody who plays at Sutton Creek has become very familiar with Kyle and has embraced him over the years,” said Cory Lajeunesse, who has coached Spearing for five years. “Their support is tremendous. There are people who aren’t playing today who have paid entry fees because they can’t be here but they want to support him.”

Spearing was selected as one of 22 athletes to play with Team Canada in this year’s tournament. Last year’s “Golf for Kyle” fundraiser drew in 48 participants who helped Spearing get to South Carolina for the 2015 Golf Invitational. Lajeunesse estimated that the tournament would raise around $5,000 for Kyle, with any additional funds going back to the LaSalle Windsor Special Olympics golf program.

Kyle Spearing (right) prepares to hit the links with his coach Cory Lajeunesse before the 2016 Golf for Kyle tournament at Sutton Creek Golf Club on Sept. 11. Photo by: Adam D’Andrea

Kyle Spearing (right) prepares to hit the links with his coach Cory Lajeunesse before the 2016 Golf for Kyle tournament at Sutton Creek Golf Club on Sept. 11. Photo by: Adam D’Andrea

“For us to go down to Florida obviously there are travel arrangements, hotels,” he said. “This year’s going to be a little bit better because we rented a condo instead of a hotel room so we can all stay together and save some costs.”

According to Lajeunesse, Spearing will have to overcome “a bit of a curveball” this year. While Spearing generally competes at the nine-hole level, he has been asked to move up to the 18-hole level due to the tournament’s quota restrictions.

“We took on that challenge this year to go down, so he’s currently training how to walk 18 holes, and we’ve got to go down and play 18 holes three days in a row. So it’s going to be a task in itself and a challenge but I think we’re more than prepared,” said Lajeunesse. “He shoots the scores to be there, so why not get your feet wet and try it out?”

Spearing said he feels good about seeing people come together to help him achieve his goals and is excited to head to Florida. The Special Olympics North America Golf Invitational Tournament runs from September 29 until October 2.

Pee Wee house league playoffs come to Centennial Park

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Top pee wee baseball teams from across Essex County came to Amherstburg over the weekend to see which team was the best.

The Amherstburg Minor Baseball Association (AMBA) hosted the pee wee house league playoff tournament at Centennial Park over the weekend, with games starting Friday night and running through Sunday. There were 13 teams in all with three each coming from Leamington and Kingsville, two from Harrow and Essex and one from Cottam.

Amherstburg also had two teams in the tournament.

Will Thompson makes a catch in the outfield for the Amherstburg Audiology team during last weekend’s pee wee baseball tournament at Centennial Park. Amherstburg had two teams in the tournament.

Will Thompson makes a catch in the outfield for the Amherstburg Audiology team during last weekend’s pee wee baseball tournament at Centennial Park. Amherstburg had two teams in the tournament.

Each municipality across the county takes a turn hosting a playoff tournament, explained umpire-in-chief Dan Hebert. He added AMBA will also be hosting a house league selects tournament – which is a tournament of all-star players – this coming weekend at both Centennial Park and the Libro Centre.

Hebert added the umpires in last weekend’s pee wee tournament were youth volunteers from the community.

“All of my umpires are between 13-15-years-old and volunteered their time out there,” said Hebert.

In The “A” division, Kingsville Knights of Columbus completed a perfect 4-0 record in the tournament by defeating Leamington Primo.

In the “B” division, the underdog team from Harrow won their final three games, including beating the previously unbeaten Kingsville Delta Power team twice in the finals to win the division.