Golf fundraiser sets new record – De Beers follows through with another successful tournament

De Beers Canada had a driving ambition to raise a record amount of money this past weekend – and that is exactly what it did.

Twenty teams and 80 golfers participated in the fifth annual Charity Classic Golf Tournament, which raised $60,555 for the Hay River Hospital Foundation and Hay River Junior Golf.

“Thanks to the success of this year’s tournament, we’re able to purchase a number of important pieces of equipment for Hay River Health and Social Services,” said Heather Coakwell, chairperson of the Hay River Hospital Foundation.

“Our top priority is a medication dispensing system worth about $26,500.”

The two-day event, held at the Hay River Golf Club, saw a number of zany challenges golfers could take part in, such as a fun horse race, a mini-putt and a chipping competition.

The Kingland Ford team, composed of Mike King, Jason Coakwell, Brent Stevens and Fletcher Stevens won the tournament for the third consecutive year. With an impressive score of 53 in the 18-hole, best-ball competition, King was participating in the fundraiser for the fifth time.

“I try to get out there and play a couple of times a week,” he said. “I guess we just got lucky!”

One of the most sought-after prizes, a .53 carat Snap Lake diamond worth about $3,600 was won by Robert Bouchard of Hay River – his second in three years. His shot landed 11 feet, 6 inches from the pin on the ninth hole in the Snap Lake Diamond Shootout. 

Other funds were raised via live and silent auction, with items donated by the various partners and Hay River businesses. 

“The amazing success of the De Beers Canada Charity Classic is due to the enthusiastic support and the generosity of our tournament partners,” said Glen Koropchuk, Chief Operation Officer for De Beers Canada. “The tournament is about having fun with our business and community partners and raising money for a great cause. Golf scores are secondary.”