DeBeers tournament raises over $30,000

Northern corporations gathered on the Hay River Golf Course on Saturday in support of two local organizations with hopes of raising $25,000.
The third DeBeers Charity Golf tournament was held to raise funds for the Hay River Hospital Foundation and the Junior Golf program.
Approximately $30,000 was raised this year, raising the total funds for the Hospital Foundation to the $90,000 mark.


“I am just floored by the generosity,” said Cathie Bolstad, director of external and corporate affairs for DeBeers.
The funds raised for the HRHF will be going towards the Lumps n’ Bumps Treatment room proposed for the Medical Clinic.
The registration cost for the tournament was $500 per corporate team, and $150 for individuals.  The fee included breakfast, a full day of golf and a dinner put on by the Ptarmigan Inn. Eighteen corporate teams registered for this year’s charity tournament.
“It has been great,” said Dale Wheaton of the Ti’Cho Logistics team. “It has been sunny and warm. Any day you can be golfing and not working is a good day.”
After 18 holes, Kingland Ford came out on top with a score of 66.
With a final score of 70, both Midnight Petroleum and Detan Cho Logistics tied for second. The team with the highest score was FSC Architects and Engineers with a score of 83.
There were competitions on several holes, designed to raise money for the respective charities.
On hole nine, First Air was giving away two tickets to whoever shot closest to the pin, and all money raised was going to the Junior Golf program. The contest raised $1,000 for the program, and was won by Dan Kipling.
There was also a men’s and women’s long fly competition, which were won by Steven Rosendahl and Judy Goucher. The longest putt was made by Industry, Tourism and Investment Minister Bob McLeod.
Throughout the day, virtual golf was available for anyone, including non-golfers, in the club house. For $5, you could buy a scratch card with 18 golf holes. Each hole scratched reveals a number – the score for that hole. Tara Smith won two tickets from First Air through the contest with a total score of 74.
The final contest was the seventh hole closest to the pin competition. Each shot could be purchased for $20, or three for $50. Up for grabs was a .62 karat diamond from Snap Lake Mine valued at approximately $5,000. If a hole-in-one occurred, the winner would receive a second diamond valued at $4,500.
Robert Bouchard won the diamond after over 100 shots were made by participants.
“I think typically DeBeers has only given out diamonds for significant community events,” said Bolstad. “We are doing this because we are a company who sees themselves as part of the community, and hospitals help everyone.”
There are approximately 20 DeBeers employees who live in Hay River so DeBeers tries to visit and help out in their employees communities outside of Yellowknife.
In addition to the contests, both a silent and live auction were held which helped the tournament exceed it’s goal.
“We wouldn’t have been able to get most of the stuff we have now without [DeBeers] help,” said Heather Coakwell, chair of the Hay River Hospital Foundation.
“All I heard was positive results on everyone having fun. DeBeers has been a wonderful sponsor. We want to make it bigger next year.”