Local golf tournament raises $6,000

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The 2022 Annual Golf Tournament hosted by the Thamesville Sertoma Club was a hole-in-one.

The tournament held on Saturday, June 11, at Ridgetown Golf & Curling Club welcomed more than 30 teams and 120 golfers, with 25 members and volunteers looking after and organizing the various tasks during the tournament day.

Golf Chairman Mike Wright has been running the annual event for approximately 20 years. He said this year’s event was planned with proceeds being designated towards the Thamesville Improvement Association - Digital Community Sign and the Thamesville Sertoma Club for Hall Renovations Project.

“Half the proceeds are going towards the Thamesville Sertoma backroom for renovations, and the other half is going towards the TIA digital sign that we’re going to put in town so that we can advertise if anyone has anything going on in town,” said Wright.

Registered golfers and organizers were treated to 18 holes of golf, contests, a roast beef dinner catered by the Golf Club Staff, and presentations of prizes being awarded to individual winners and teams.

A large assortment of prizes were also donated and purchased, making it possible for each and every golfer to win a participation gift.

Tournament contests were won by individual golfers and team members for contests at specific holes, which included: Closest To Pin: Male - Jeff Parney; Longest Drive: Male - Gary Keirsebilck; and Longest Drive: Female - Cathy Jones.

Closest to Prize #1: coolers won by Dave Dewhirst, Mike Burke, Tammy Rudorfer, and Rob Wysman.Closest to Prize #2: Adirondack Chairs won by Kirby Russell, Jim Redman, Larry Redman, and Sean Redman.

Chipping Contest: 1st: $75 gift card won by Jamie Neil; 2nd: $50 gift card won by Jesse Brown; and3rd: $25 gift card won by Glenn Anderson.

1st Place Team overall for the 2022 Tournament resulted in a tie between two teams, both with scores of 9 under par. The winning teams were: Bob Boothe, Matt Ellis, Jim Visser, John Walters and Jeff Parney, Glenn Anderson, Jamie Neil, Kyle Vink. All team members were presented with prizes.

Best Dressed Team winners were Bob Boothe, Matt Ellis, Jim Visser, and John Walters, who were all presented with prizes, including coffee mugs and barbeque utensils.

Special prizes were won by Bob Boothe, Matt Ellis, Jim Gooding, Bob Ingram and Ron Vanrabaeys.

Chairman Michael Wright concluded the presentation program portion of the tournament by extending thanks.

“Thanks to everyone for their participation and support, including management and staff of Ridgetown Golf Club, all businesses and individuals for the donations for Hole Sponsors and Prizes, as well as thanks to all working and dedicated Club Members for their help in planning and organizing another fun-filled day and very successful tournament,” he said.

According to Wright, the tournament, which sold out in less than two weeks, helped raise $3,000, split both ways towards the TIA and the club improvements.

“If all goes well, we will probably do another tournament in the fall. I sold this out in two weeks, with 30 teams,” he said.

Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News

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