Golf Fore the Cure was held on July 21 at the Petawawa Golf Club. Ninety-nine female golfers came out to support the event, and raised $3,515. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

Golf Fore the Cure raises $3,515

Community News

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2016

Golf Fore the Cure attracted 99 female golfers and raised $3,515 for the Canadian Cancer Society in the battle against breast cancer.

Though the annual tournament has been typically held at Roanoke Golf Club, the Petawawa Golf Club played host this time. Despite the muggy weather on July 21, the turnout exceeded expectations. “We had to turn people away,” said Petawawa Golf Club, Ladies Division Co-Captain Gerri Brunette. “... We were thinking that we might have 50, 60 women.”

With such a large group, the entire 18-hole course was highlighted, allowing the organizers to double the number of prize holes as well as augment the novelty holes such as the “closest to the pink bra drive,” the “putting with oven mitts” and the “driving with a sock on the club.”

To help raise money in addition to the nine-hole scramble, sponsors could also put money towards various games, hole sponsorships, prizes, a “booby prize draw,” a silent auction, and a memorial tree.

Raising money to fight breast cancer was a natural choice for Brunette, noting cancer touches everyone in one way or another. To show their deep solidarity in this cause, nearly everybody, including the staff and sideline supporters, wore pink.

“We have to come together and hope that it doesn’t affect us and be a support to those it affects,” Brunette said.

Petawawa Golf Club, Ladies Division Co-Captain Paula Paquette admitted she had goosebumps all day, and could barely contain her emotions seeing how many people came out to support the fundraiser.

Since it is their first year holding the event at the new location, organizers weren’t sure how it would turn out. They had no final dollar amount in mind; their goal was just to raise some awareness and get a few people out to play. With so many golfers vying for time on the green and the proceeds so high, it was mission accomplished. “I’m flabbergasted,” she said. “... We’ve done really, really well.”

Next year, they will raise their cut-off to 144 people, allowing those who couldn’t join in this year to participate. Once more Golf Fore the Cure will be open to golfers of all skill levels.

Hospitality Coordinator Karin Cotey was happy to open the club’s doors to the golfers. “I think it is absolutely magnificent,” she said. “The girls have done a magnificent job. The support has been overwhelming, and I honestly believe that next year will be bigger and better.”

The winners of the longest putt went to Leah Decker and Jodi Ingram. Closest-to-the-pin went to Pat Bennett and Sue Morrison. The Closest-to-the-bra were Kathy Sylvestre and Rose Laidlaw. The Safest Drive went to Joyce Layman and Pat Snell. Mary Seaman won the Putting Contest on the ninth green. The 50/50 draw winner was Roxanne Charette.

The over-all scramble winners of the tournament were Linda Brazeau, Kathy Green, Joan Martin and Eleanor Boire, Tanya Charette, Wanda Howlett, Cheryl McRae and Pat Snell.