Longest Day of Golf fundraiser benefits SWCDS

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With nice weather and a good turnout, the annual Longest Day of Golf turned out to be a great success for everyone involved with the local fundraiser.

There were 14 golfers that participated in the event this year including seven at the Rock Creek Golf Club in Shaunavon, four from Frontier that played in Frontier, one from Eastend that played in Shaunavon, and one from Gull Lake that played in Gull Lake.

“Things went really well and it turned out to be another great year of fundraising,” offered Vic Ross, one of the event organizers.

The golfers ended up raising around $6,000 this year from donations to the Southwest Chronic Disease Support Group (SWCDS).

This year’s event took place on Sunday, June 20. Participants golfed for just over 12 hours starting with the first tee off at 7 p.m. The Shaunavon group finished at 7:30 p.m.

The Shaunavon golfers, golfing in two separate groups, ended up playing around 72 holes, although the number may have exceeded that total.

“We might have lost count somewhere along the way,” laughed Ross.

The weather this year was pleasant, especially when compared to the last couple of years, including a torrential downpour of biblical proportions in 2019.

“The only issue that we had this year was wind, other than that it was a good day,” he stated.

SWCDS is a charitable organization that provides financial assistance for Southwest residents dealing with chronic medical issues. It was created to help cover direct costs such as gas, meals and hotels that are not covered by other sources.

“It's a really important charity,” said Ross. “They get money in the hands of people that need it for medical emergencies. There are different avenues for funding help in other places, but few can respond to an emergency need like these guys (SWCDS ) can.”

Jacob Miller, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Shaunavon Standard

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