BROCKTON – It’s the time of year when thoughts turn to long days on the fairways – in fact, the longest day of the year, golfing with friends, raising funds for a cause that will benefit the entire community.
Golf Fore Hospice is a spinoff of the highly successful Longest Day of Golf that ran for 25 years. Golf Fore Hospice will be returning to the Walkerton Golf and Curling Club on June 21. Chair Nancy Baillie said it’s the fourth time for the event.
“We were fortunate to be able to hold it during COVID,” she said, noting there were some adjustments made due public health measures. But this year’s event will be back to normal.
There will be 81 teams participating in a “best ball” format. Baillie said that while registrations are going well, and all former teams have been contacted, there are still some tee times available. Tee times begin at 5:30 a.m. and go until 6:50 p.m.
There is no fee to enter; participants are given pledge sheets and are asked to collect donations that will go to Saugeen Hospice. Baillie anticipates teams will collect more donations this year, now that Saugeen Hospice has received charitable status and will be issuing tax receipts for donations over $20 – not that there was a problem with donations in the past.
This event has been generously supported by the community. The goal of constructing a six-bed residential hospice to serve the southern part of Bruce and Grey counties is something a lot of people have been working toward for quite some time. Land has been provided by the municipality in East Ridge Business Park.
Golf Fore Hospice begins with a “grab ‘n go” breakfast. At lunch, there’ll be a barbecue and fries provided by the Walkerton and District Optimist Club. Pizza Delight is providing supper.
The event includes more than golf. It’s a fun day that includes a putting contest. Of course, the popular online auction will be running at the same time.
To register your team or for more information, call 519-881-2967.
Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times