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    Hitting the links for fun and charity

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    Lakeside Golf Club owner Wayne McBean has partnered with the Chestermere Regional Community Association to host the 18 Holes of FUNDraiser golf tournament this July. Photo by Jeremy Broadfield

    This July golfers new and old are being invited out to play in support of the Chestermere Regional Community Association (CRCA) with the inaugural 18 Holes of FUNdraiser Golf Tournament.
    “We were trying to think of new and creative fun ways to raise some funds but not make it all just about fundraising lets have some fun,” said Chestermere Regional Recreation Centre (CRRC) General Manager Jody Nouwen.
    The tournament is being hosted in partnership with Lakeside Golf Club on July 10.
    “They’ve been very supportive of the CRCA in the past,” she said.
    The golf tournament has been designed for players of all skills levels to be able to come out and have a great time.
    With a scrambled start, the tournament will consist of a combination of regular holes and challenge or novelty holes.
    Pinks and Plates are sponsoring a $10,000 hole-in-one challenge.
    “Which is a pretty great prize to have,” said Nouwen.
    There will also be longest putt and longest drive.
    Without wanting to give away too much of the surprise of the novelty holes, Nouwen also suggested that hockey sticks might be involved with some of the challenges.
    “It’s about the fun and having fun,” she said.
    To that end she believes that organizers have struck a good balance between novelty fun and golf skills, a balance that fulfills the CRCA’s mandate to provide fun recreational opportunities to Chestermerians.
    “It isn’t just all about the strict avid golfer it’s all about anybody in the community that wants to come and perhaps try golfing,” she said.
    Nouwen said that they have room for up to 36 teams to register in the tournament and that registration will be accepted until the event is full.
    “We’re definitely looking for more teams,” she said.
    With individual registration at $125 dollars, Nouwen said that they tournament is a great deal.
    “One hundred twenty-five bucks gets you your round of golf, you get a cart, you get your prizing and you get a steak buffet dinner at the end,” she said.
    In addition to the golf, there will be a dinner afterwards with a raffle and the presentation of prizes to the top three teams.
    “It’s very affordable,” said Nouwen.
    Along with there being room for more players to enter the tournament, there are also still opportunities for sponsors to come forward to support the CRCA and the fundraiser tournament.
    Funds raised by the tournament will be going towards life cycle upgrades and maintenance of the recreation centre.
    Some of the projects Nouwen is hoping to fund include fresh coats of paint, filling pot holes in the parking lot and the possible installation of automatic handwashing stations.
    “Things that will approve the overall look and feel of the facility,” she said.
    “Our facility was built in 1983 so a facelift is pretty important,” said Nouwen.
    Another project, that Nouwen thinks a lot of patrons of the recreation centre will appreciate, that could be funded by the tournament is the repainting of the lines in the parking lot.
    To become a hole sponsor, e-mail manager@chestermerecrca.com.
    Drop into the recreation centre or call (403)272-7170 to register as a player or team.