Businesses mix and mingle at Corporate Challenge

A passing thundershower did little to damper spirits during the 14th annual Hay River Chamber of Commerce Corporate Challenge golf tournament on Sunday.
Four-person teams representing 31 businesses from across the South Slave Region descended on the Hay River Golf Club to mix, mingle, and take part in a fun nine-hole best ball tournament.

Territorial Beverages took the tournament with a seven-under 28. Team captain Gary Stoby said they have taken part in the tournament for over a decade and have won it previously.
“It was very good,” Stoby said following the dinner and awards ceremony. When asked the key to his team’s success, Stoby replied with a laugh, “the gimme putt cards.”
Hay River Chamber of Commerce first vice-president Michelle Schaub said the business community were quick to support the annual tournament.
“We had a great year,” she said. “Everybody was really generous with their donations. We were actually able to get enough to give every team a prize, which hasn’t happened in a few years.”
While a passing thunderstorm caused a brief shower, Schaub said Mother Nature responded with a beautiful day for golf.
“Everybody just had a great time and a great day,” she said, noting the teams on the course at the time of the shower continued to play until the sun returned. “The weather worked out so I’m very happy.”
One of the new events this year were blackjack and poker tables set up for the teams. Each team was given play money that they could use to place bets at one of the tables. The teams could then use their winnings to bid on a number of silent auction items. Schaub said she spoke to Hay River Golf Club general manager Jeff Brockway about the idea before raising it at one of the tournament’s planning meetings.
“I wanted to do something different,” Schaub said.
A team of 15 volunteers manned the closest-to-the-pin holes, helped teams register, and handed out burgers to the participants. Schaub said they were key to the tournament’s success.
“Each one of them showed up and they helped me out,” she said. “I couldn’t have done it without them.”