August 30, 2018
Our little Winnipeg River communities have developed some pretty good lacrosse talent. This is evident in the fact that half of this year’s Provincial Team come from our area including youth from Powerview-Pine Falls, Sagkeeng, and St. Georges. To help reduce the costs associated with travelling to Oshawa, Ontario and staying 5 days for the National Tournament, fundraising was sought. Local Team Manager Larry Sharpe organized bottle drives, meat draws, and a golf tournament on Sunday August 19th.
Sharpe approached local community businesses to donate prizes for the silent auction that would be part of the fundraising effort. He was overwhelmed by the amount of support that was offered by local businesses. In addition to merchandise and services from local businesses there were some cash donations which were used to help with the prizes for longest drive, closest to the hole, top male team, top female team, and top mixed team. The Pine Falls Golf Club also generously offered the course free of charge, with the full tournament entry fee going to the fundraising efforts.
The entries for the 2 Person Scramble Golf Tournament started slow but picked up, and the day before the event there were 60 golfers signed up. The only problem, a good one, was that there were a lot of new entries on the day of the event. No one was turned away as 86 golfers showed up to play. The golf course was busy and the fundraisers were ecstatic. The pace of play was not brought up once as most golfers were enjoying the leisurely pace of the 9 hole event.
Most of the U15 players were in attendance directing traffic and helping out on the course showing their appreciation for the support of our great community. After it was all said and done we had our results. The Longest Drive winner was Matt Garvey of Winnipeg, the Executive Director of the Manitoba Lacrosse Association. On hole 6, one of the feature events was a chance to win a Quad from St.Croix Cycle. There were no hole in ones, however, the consolation closest to the hole winner was Mike “Jagger” Dupont who took home a Winnipeg Jets Putter. The winners for the lowest golf scores were: Male Team Paul Magnan and Andrew Earle with a score of 31, Female Team Joyce Sharpe and Mooch Pluchinski with a score of 41, and Mixed Team Al and Gloria Brody with a score of 34. The U15 Team made $5093 with the entries, silent auction, and the hole in one contest.