Charity golf tourney still has openings

Elisabeth Heslop

The 11th-annual RBC Charity Golf Classic is set to go this Saturday (July 11), but there’s still plenty of room for more teams.
Local RBC branch manager Heather Johnson said they had 17 teams registered as of Friday.
“I know there are quite a few out there [that haven’t registered yet],” Johnson said, added she hoped registrations would pick up this week.
“We would love to have 36 teams [of four],” she said.
The event, which rotates between Kitchen Creek and Heron Landing, is being held at the Couchiching course this year.
Other than team registrations, Johnson said the planning and everything else “is going really well.”
“Donations and sponsorship from the town has been really good this year,” she noted.
Funds raised this year will be used to support Riverside’s chemotherapy program, which allows district cancer patients to receive treatment right here in Fort Frances rather than having to go to Thunder Bay.
“We selected a local cancer program because this illness affects many of our friends, family, and loved ones,” Johnson said.
“Riverside provides cancer treatment right here in the Rainy River District and we want to do what we can to enhance this service.”
Teresa Hazel, director of the Riverside Foundation for Health Care, said the money raised will be used to help purchase new “state-of-the-art equipment” for the chemotherapy program.
She added she’s looking forward to the event.
“It’s always a pleasure working with RBC and their staff to put this on,” she said.
When asked if she will be golfing, Hazel laughed and said no. Rather, she’s in charge of the beverage cart.
“Coors Marshal, badge and all,” she chuckled.
Johnson said there is no deadline for registration, adding that they have accepted players and teams up to the morning of the event in the past.
The registration fee is $100 for individuals or $400 for a team. That covers 18 holes of golf, a walleye dinner, a gift bag, and a charitable receipt for a portion of the fee.
The tournament will feature “best ball” format, and there will be first, second, and third places prizes plus other prizes for participants.
Registration forms are available at Heron Landing, Kitchen Creek, and the International Falls Golf and Country Club.
You also can contact Lisa Plourde at 274-7271.