by Lorraine Payette, written October 4, 2013
(LYNDHURST, ON) – Saturday, September 21, was a day filled with torrential downpour and intermittent periods of drizzle. Most folks were staying inside grumbling about the conditions, but not the 12 teams of dedicated golfers who had come out to play at Lyndway Hills Golf Club in Lyndhurst. This was the first ever “Swing for Dreams” Golf Fundraiser for Dreams in Motion and they weren’t going to let a little wet weather slow them down.
“The Old English Pub and Re/Max Riverview Realty (both in Gananoque) sponsored this first ever ‘Swing for Dreams’ golf tournament at Lyndway,” said Glenda Olivier of Re/Max. “Lyndway Golf Club donated the course for the afternoon and the clubhouse for the evening in order for us to have the golf tournament here. Everything from the food to the prizes was donated. There were hole sponsors, etc., and we did a 50/50 draw as well.”
Players paid $100 per person to enter the tournament, which included lunch before heading out to play, a golf cart, prizes for all participants, 18-holes of golf, dinner and entertainment by two bands including the Summerville Trio. Forty-eight players came out, and about 20 volunteers. A Harley-Davidson motorcycle was offered as the prize for making a hole-in-one, and prizes included about $600 in gift certificates as well as other items such as polo shirts, tee-shirts, ball caps, glassware, wine, gift baskets.
“A signed cap from the Frontenacs Dug Gilmore, Frontenacs tickets – all kinds of prizes were donated for this event,” said Kristina Miller of Dreams. “Every golfer left with something. And there were prizes for the different categories.
“My favourite is the smash bomb drive. With that, you make the longest drive you can with a giant marshmallow instead of a ball. It makes a really loud popping sound and kind of explodes. The winner got a ‘Smores survival kit, with marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers.”
Top winners of the tournament were Ben Covell, Nick Serson, Brett Mangan, and Bill Serson. They each won a round of golf at Smugglers Glen in addition to their participant’s prize.
Other winners were:
• Phyllis Lawrence, Longest Drive – Women (prize – golf bag)
• Brett Mangan, Longest Drive – Men (prize – Nike sunglasses)
• Brett Mangan, Smash Bomb Drive (prize – ‘Smores survival kit)
• Tim Butchart, Putting Contest (prize – half hour massage with Dawn Kirkby at Synergy in Gananoque)
• Leigh Graham, Closest to the Pin (prize – $50 gift certificate to Fanatics)
“The guy who won a keg of beer was a large unknown giant,” said Miller. “We never learned his name, we just knew he had a great sense of humour and he had won.”
The event raised abut $8,000 for Dreams in Motion. They would like to thank their sponsors, contributors and volunteers for making it all possible, including major sponsors Re/Max, the Old English Pub and Lyndway Hills Golf Club. Other sponsors were the TD bank, James Brett Coiffure and Aesthetics, Cousins on King Bar and Grill, Crossfit Brockville, David Fox, Tony Deodato and Sons, Fox Run Residence management, Kasian, Mark Kellogg (Bickertons), Newell’s Garage, Runnings Auto Service, and the Thousand Islands Tax/Duty Free Store LTD. Individual contributors and assistants included John Jonkman, Mike Paquette, Lisa Keaney, Laura Cross, and Glenda Oliver.
“We’d like to give an extra big thank you to all the golfers who came out as the weather was atrocious,” said Miller. “Nothing would stop them and they made the best of it. Thanks to everyone from all of us at Dreams in Motion.”
To learn more about Dreams in Motion or to contribute, please go to http://dreamsinmotion.ca/ .