Corporate Challenge numbers dwindling, many still out for fun

Although enrolment may have taken a dive this year, people still had a proverbial ball on the greens at the annual Corporate Challenge Best Ball tournament held June 18.
Committee members and organizers said that although enrolment was down by at least 30 players and 18 teams, participants still played with gusto, and had a fun day in the fresh air, sun, and a side of colour with help from the bright electric jello shooters.
“It’s quite a downsize from previous years,” said Chamber of Commerce Corporate Challenge Committee member, Jim Peregodoff.

“But it’s just for fun. It’s all about fun.”
“People figured it was mostly due to economics and some of our members passing on, but economics played the biggest part in it I think.”
The 72 golfers and 18 teams, in true Hay River style, played much past their 5 p.m. reserved green time.
By 5:30 p.m., the top three teams were Hay River Legal, Territorial Beverages, and Webster’s Plumbing, all hoping for a chance at the top spot with a score of 30.
The tournament is held annually as a way of giving back to the Chamber of Commerce members.
“It’s great to win, but, it’s not that big of a deal,” said Peregodoff before heading out to chip off for a chance at winning a brand new golf set, and to be subject of supportive hoots and hollers from team members.
But Peregodoff need not say more but should leave it up to the winners of awards for shortest drive, longest drive, dunking a ball, or not getting one over the hill.
“There’s no real pressure to be the big winner at the end of the day,” he said.
“It’s just really great of the Chamber and the Community to sponsor something like this where members can all come out, network, and have a good time.”