Volunteer Events Ramp Up for Great Waterway Classic

John Esford of Burnbrae Farms serves attendees at the Great Waterway Classic Volunteer Recruitment breakfast (Photo: Evolution Golf; submitted)

It’s shaping up to be a busy week for the organizers of the Great Waterway Classic, the new Canadian Tour event that will take place for the first time this September at Smuggler’s Glen Golf Course near Lansdowne.

Over the weekend the course was the host site for a breakfast and fundraiser that attracted potential volunteers of the tournament.

Tournament Director David Dargie says they had more than 70 people in attendance at the breakfast and information session sponsored by Burnbrae Farms of Lyn, Ontario who donated the egg products and covered the cost of the food for the event.  The breakfast also raised $640 for the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation, the official charity of the Great Waterway Classic. These funds will be added to the totals from the Charity Pro-Am that will be played on September 4th, as well as half of the gate receipts from the tournament, for the support of mental health educational programming.

After filling their stomachs the attendees listened attentively as Dargie laid out the available roles for volunteers for the inaugural Great Waterway Classic taking place on September 3-9, 2012.

Tournament Committee Chairs were introduced and volunteers were signed up, many for key leadership positions.

In additional news the Tournament will be running their next Volunteer recruitment and fundraiser later this week in Brockville.

The clubhouse at Sunnidell Golf is the location of that event on Thursday, March 29th from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M.

The focus of the evening will be a virtual closet to the hole contest featuring the Sunnidell Golf simulators and an information session to attract volunteers.

For a $10.00 entry fee, players will get 4 chances to hit it closest to the hole and win one entry to the Sponsors’ Pro-Am at The Great Waterway Classic that will be held on the afternoon of Monday, September 3rd. Entrants will also be encouraged to register for a draw that will be made later this summer for a “Stay and Play” with the Canadian Rookie of the Year on the 2012 Canadian Men’s Professional Golf Tour. This lucky winner will win overnight accommodations for themselves and two friends on September 9th and 10th; a VIP pass for all three to the last round of The Great Waterway Classic; invitations to the Champion’s Dinner following the conclusion of the tournament on September 9th; and a round of golf for three at Smuggler’s Glen GC, the site of the inaugural Great Waterway Classic.

The $10.00 entry fee will be donated to the Brockville and Area Community Foundation’s HOPE Fund. The HOPE Fund is a permanent fund within the Brockville and Area Community Foundation, established in 2004. The capital (donated amount) of the fund remains untouched. The annual income earned on the fund is distributed to assist people in Leeds and Grenville with travel costs for medical reasons when those costs would otherwise prevent them from getting the treatment.

David Dargie, Tournament Director of The Great Waterway Classic and former Executive Director of the BACF observed, “The March 29th Closest to the Hole contest and volunteer registration event at Sunnidell Golf is yet another example of the excellent community partners that Evolution Golf has established in our brief history. Sunnidell Golf, the Brockville and Area Community Foundation, and our local restaurant partner are all stepping up to the plate to hit a home run for the Hope Fund. We are all excited about this event because it will bring golfers together in a fun format before the golf season gets in full swing and help raise money for a great cause, as well as registering volunteers for the first-ever Canadian Men’s Professional Golf Tour event to be held in The Great Waterway!”

Organizers also invite those people who do not want to try their luck at the Closest to the Hole contest, to come out and register as a volunteer for The Great Waterway Classic or make a donation to The HOPE Fund. Martin Noe, CEO of Evolution Golf remarked, “We will need 200 volunteers and 100 caddies to go ‘inside the ropes’ for the tournament week. We have had much interest shown by those people who have signed up online at our web site. The March 29th event is another opportunity for our Tournament Committee to meet these volunteers and tell them The Great Waterway Classic story. Everyone is invited to come out and make a donation to The HOPE Fund on March 29th!”

A local restaurant will be providing food for the participants on March 29th and Sunnidell Golf will have a cash bar available. Information on the tournament will also be shared with participants, as well as the opportunity to sign up as a volunteer. If you wish to book a time for a large group to enter, you can contact Evolution Golf directly (katie@evolutionconsultants.ca) and they will set aside some time for your business, company, organization or group to try your luck together at the Closet to Hole No. 5 at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Tournament organizers also say they will make a couple announcements at the Sunnidell event, one involving ticket events and one involving multi-media during the actual tournament week.  We will bring you details on that after the reveal.

Anyone interested in volunteering or caddying at The Great Waterway Classic is asked to sign up online by visiting the tournament’s web site: www.thegreatwaterwayclassic.ca.

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