Yukon North Of Ordinary

Sports archive for August 8, 2012

Annual golf tournament brings in the pros

Local golfers joined some of the best in the business this past weekend for the third annual Skookum Asphalt Pro-Am hosted at Mountain View Golf Course.

By Sam Riches on August 8, 2012 at 2:19 pm

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Photo by Sam Riches

THE APPROACH – Twenty-four Canadian PGA golfers traveled to Whitehorse this past weekend for the third annual Skookum Charity Golf Pro-Am. The proceeds from the event will go towards the purchase of an MRI machine for the Whitehorse General Hospital. In the first two tournaments, $170,000 was raised.

Local golfers joined some of the best in the business this past weekend for the third annual Skookum Asphalt Pro-Am hosted at Mountain View Golf Course.

Billed as the year’s most prestigious event for the course, the Pro-Am brought in 24 CPGA professionals from across the country, teaming them up with local amateur golfers.

The event is hosted as a fundraiser for the Yukon Hospital Foundation (YHF), with the proceeds going towards the purchase of a Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine (MRI) for the hospital.

“It’s a great event. Over the last three years it’s really come to life,” said Darrell Stone, chair with the YHF.

“It’s a lot of fun golfing with a pro. We go out and golf for fun but these guys do it for a living. They are all very interesting guys and it makes for a really enjoyable experience to spend the day with them.”

The event kicked off on Saturday morning with an 8 a.m. shotgun start, and then after lunch, the pros were back out for a second round beginning in the early afternoon.

Stone golfed alongside Edmonton-based professional Gred Pidlaski from Long Shots Driving Range and Golf Academy.

Pidlaski, like many of the pros, is nationally renown for his prowess on the links.

He’s taught more than 7,000 lessons while also playing on the Canadian and European tour.

“He was a true gentleman,” said Stone.

“Now that I know him and I live in Edmonton myself, I told him I’d be giving him a call because I could definitely use some lessons.”

The event began three years ago as an initiative from Stone, local pro and Mountain View instructor, Jeff Wiggins and then Hospital Foundation president, Scott Kent.

“We wanted a nice event for a fund-raiser but secondary to that we wanted a summer event for the residents of the city,” said Stone.

“We recognized there wasn’t really something everyone could look forward to in the middle of the summer. So we invented the idea of the pro-am and it’s been very successful.”

With Skookum Asphalt as the title sponsor, where they donate $30,000 in addition to prizes, the organization was able to raise $70,00 in their first year.

In the second year, they raised $100,000.

Final numbers have yet to be calculated for this year’s event but Stone believes it will be in that range once again.

“Overall, it’s turned into a very significant fund-raiser for the Hospital Foundation.

“The MRI campaign began a year ago and we’re currently halfway through it.”

The campaign has been allotted three years to raise $2 million in funds. Once that goal is reached, the territorial government will be contributing an additional $2 million to purchase the MRI.

A year and a half into the campaign, the Hospital Foundation has already raised $1.5 million.

“It’s going very, very well and that’s due to the businesses and residents of Whitehorse,” said Stone.

“Whitehorse is a great community and they’ve offered a tremendous amount of support.”

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