The Hay River Curling Club hosted its second annual golf tournament last weekend, with 16 teams taking part in the best-ball event. The Rusty Blades foursome of Doug Wieterman, Karen Wieterman, Quinn Groenheyde and Dave MacDonald came away with the winning trophy.
The event raised close to $10,000, a 20 per cent improvement over last year.
“We try to raise money to help cover the costs associated with curling, so we can get more people to play,” said tournament organizer Gary Hoffman. “A lot of the funds are for the junior program. Last year, we had close to 70 juniors, and we want kids to come out and curl because we know some of the other organized sports are really expensive. Curling is one of the cheapest activities.”
The funds are also used to purchase equipment used by other programs, such as ‘Moms and Tots’ and a newly-created seniors program, which encourages them to stay active.
A silent auction, with prizes offered from the event’s various sponsors, helped raise close to $3,000. Items up for grabs included a pair of First Air return tickets from Hay River to Edmonton.
– by Myles Dolphin