PARA-PRO-AM Golf Tournament
With the strongest field of paragolfers ever assembled in Canada, ParaSport® Ontario's 3rd Annual Para Pro-Am Golf Tournament, hosted by the Oshawa Golf and Curling Club in July, was a great day for the paragolf community. The event began with high expectations of being the best tournament yet, even though nature changed our plans dramatically. With contributions from the PGA of Canada and ParaSport Ontario's partners, sponsors, and event patrons, we aimed for $100,000 in donations, goods, and services to support adaptive sports equipment needs in communities across Ontario.
Due to COVID-19 the Lebovic Golf Course, our planned host, made the difficult decision to remain closed for the 2020 season. Yet, within hours of that official announcement, tournament committee co-chair Joe Millage reached out to Oshawa Golf and Curling Club’s Mike Ridout and Dylan Welsh, General Manager and Head Pro respectively, to host the tournament.
A field of 140 golfers, including 32 paragolfers, participated in the tournament. The teams consisted of a ParaGolfer (golfer with a disability), a PGA of Canada Pro, and three of ParaSport’s Corporate Sponsor Players. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, scheduling was a significant challenge. Scheduled tee times, virtual auctions, and touch-free prizing were implemented in response to COVID protocol and restrictions. Each minute of the day was scheduled determining that each golfer would spend exactly 7 hours and 3 minutes on the course.
Congratulations to Team Niagara! Winning with a score of -16, the champs progressed to the Regional Finals of the RBC PGA Scramble to proudly represent ParaSport Ontario. Team Niagara members included:
- Chris Garner, Paragolfer
- Matt Iceton, Professional Golfer
- Mike Trojan
- Ethan Cardwell
- Terry Johnston
A special thank you to Derek Wasser and his team at Food Dudes for their culinary contribution, and to pro-golfer Todd Kierstead, who modified his trick-shot show from 45 minutes to 28 twelve-minute performances over seven hours.
For more information about the Play to the Podium Fund: Click here.