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Gary Gravett named as 2017 Tournament Honorary Chair
Mar 7, 2017, 7:20 pm

    Sports and Scholarships is pleased to announce that veteran on-ice hockey official Gary Gravett, current owner of the Goderich Sunset Golf Club, will serve as Honorary Chair for the 28th Sports & Scholarships golf tournament. The event is scheduled for Pike Lake Golf Centre on Thursday July 6, 2017. 

    Gary was born in Exeter to parents Don and Mary Gravett who were very actively involved in the Western Ontario Athletic Association (WOAA), originally as players and later as volunteers in various coaching, managing and supervisory roles.

       The family moved to Hanover where Don held a major leadership role in the Recreation Department.  Gary attended John Diefenbaker High School in Hanover where be also participated in minor hockey, followed by junior hockey in Listowel, where he also attended secondary school, and Owen Sound. After graduation, he attended University of Guelph for Turf Management.

      Gary eventually “donned the stripes” as a hockey referee which led to his officiating in more than 4,000 games spanning a 37 year career. Highlights included 29 Allan Cup, Centennial Cup and international games. Becoming more actively involved with the WOAA as a member of the Referee Committee and as a supervisor for a period of 30 years, he also is now currently serving as a dedicated member of the Board of Directors for the past decade.

      In 2006 he chaired the “Build For Our Future” Capital Campaign, resulting in the successful construction and opening of a new WOAA Headquarters and offices on Alfred Street in Wingham.

      In a style consistent with many hockey players and on-ice officials, Gary became proficient as a golfer, while simultaneously carving out a 35 year business career in the golf industry. Initially, he started as a superintendent, and progressed to the role of general manager at Saugeen Golf Course, located mid-way between Port Elgin and Southampton. In 2003, he and his wife Lynne purchased the popular and pretty Sunset olf course north of Goderich.

      Sporting a well-earned six handicap, Gary has “teed it up” on eight of the top 10 courses in the world. His biggest thrill on the links was shooting a one-over-par at the historic Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, in Fife, Scotland.

     Gary and Lynne have two daughters – Ashley, 28 who is married and a CPGA Golf Pro and Kaitlyn a 25-year old teacher, both of whom are active in the family business each summer.

     For the past year, Gary is currently serving as Co-Chair of the WOAA 75th Anniversary Committee, following in the footsteps of his father Don who was active as editor of the 50th Anniversary commemorative program.

    Proceeds from the Sports and Scholarships golf tournament fund bursary awards for graduating secondary school students from South Bruce (Mildmay-Carrick and Teeswater-Culross), sporting endeavours and charitable events. 

25th Anniversary Tourney Logistics
Jul 7, 2015, 2:48 pm
Thursday July 9 is the 25th anniversary Sports & Scholarships Golf Tournament at Pike Lake Golf Centre.
10:00 - 11:30 - registration on deck overlooking 18th green
  • Birdy package - $10 for "skins participation", and an official Sports & Scholarships 25th anniversary t-shirt
  • Complimentary driving range
  • Complimentary sausage on a bun -courtesy Piller's
Suggestion - For ease of registration, it would be great if one golfer / foursome could register the entire team, pick up scorecard/rules, and pay the $10 x 4 = $40 Birdy Package fee.
11:45 Loading the carts - draw for round of drinks on the course. If name is drawn and all golfers in foursome are ready on their carts, complimentary round of drinks on the course.
2016 - 27th annual tourney - Be sure and pre-register for the 27th annual tourney scheduled for Thursday July 7, 2016. Choice of great prizes for a lucky winner of the Pre-Registration Draw (entry form will be e-mailed tomorrow with starting holes for all foursomes).
Auction - terrific auction items available - as simple as a bid away - thanks to our terrific donors:
  • Corporate Suite #16 for Kitchener Rangers Game during 2015-16 season - thanks City of Kitchener (Paul Pickard)
  • Golf foursome at Pike Lake - thanks Greg Shaw
  • VIA Rail to Quebec City for two  - thanks John Bonis 
  • Golf foursome at Goderich Sunset Golf Course - thanks Gary Gravett
  • Golf Foursome with carts at Kitchener Doon Valley - thanks Kim Kugler
  • Golf foursome/carts at Walkerton Golf/Country Club - thanks Ryan Martin
  • Overnight accommodation- Orangeville Best Western - thanks Murray Haase
  • Spa Package - thanks Tammy's  Skin Care Clinic
  • Golf Foursome at Puslinch  - thanks Murray Haase
  • Golf all day at Hanover Golf Club - thanks Glenn Day
  • Golf foursome at Ainsdale Goklf Club - thanks Allan  MacKay 
  • And many others
Prize Table Raffle  
Golfers may place their raffle tickets in various draws for participation in Sports & Scholarships golfing foursomes in a variety of golfing events this summer, plus some super prizes When placing your raffle tickets in the containers, please ensure that you're available to attend and participate in the events as tickets are NON-TRANSFERABLE.
Fri . July 17 - golf entry at Jeff Preston Charity Golf tournament at Saugeen Golf Club, including dinner -  courtesy Gary H. Attack Financial Planning
Mon. July 20 - golf entry for Alabama Open at Galt Country Club, Cambridge including dinner - courtesy D'Arcy McKinley, Campbell Fence and Deck
Sat. Sept. 12 - golf for 2 at Lions Club of Pike Lake - Minto 9-hole golf scramble, including meal, courtesy Linwood Home Hardware, Gary Kieswetter 
Return of "Craps for Cancer" - 50/50 
In addition to Hole #3 Closest to the Pin for Men/Ladies for $100 cash each, courtesy Royal LePage Scharf Realty (thanks Ted Scharf), golfers will be welcomed on #3 Tee Blocks by members of the Lions Club of Pike Lake - Minto, who are selling 50/50 tickets. 
Tickets are $2 each, 3 for $5 or 10 for $10, and golfers who purchase $10 worth can play "Craps for Cancer" to instantly win certificates and prizes valued at $10 minimum to $75.
All proceeds from "Craps for Cancer" will be donated by the Lions Club to Cancer Patient Services of Mount Forest and Mildmay Community Health Foundation.   
Hole  #5 - Closest to the Keg, sponsored by MacLeans Ales, Hanover - MacLeans prize package for Men and Women 
Hole #7 - popular John Bonis of Golf Special Supporter Seriesreturns with a fabulous "Hole In One Prize" plus "Closest to the Pin" for men and ladies. 
Hole #17 - Earn raffle tickets for Hot Air Balloon Ride courtesy Rogers Radio Group with volunteers Dianne and Jackie 
Hole #18 - "Grip it and Rip It"  Longest Drives Men & Ladies - ball must be on fairway to be eligible.
Putting Contest and Photos - complimentary putting contest with Marg, Mel & Terry PLUS creative photos of foursomes.
Loyalty Draw - each golfer receives one entry for each year that they have participated in the tournament - one winner will receive complimentary entry for the the 27th annual tournament on Thursday July 7, 2016. 
Questions - please contact me (519-884-4050 is also my cell phone number). 
John Thompson

NHL sniper Al McDonough Honorary Chair for 2015 Golf Tourney
Apr 6, 2015, 5:04 pm

    Al McDonough, born in Hamilton and a native of St. Catharines, enjoyed a professional hockey career in the 1970s, and will serve as Honorary Chair for the 25th anniversary Sports & Scholarships golf tournament. The event is scheduled for Pike Lake Golf Centre on Thursday July 9, 2015.


Al McDonough, Pittsburgh Penguins

    Al was renowned as a clever goal scorer with his hometown St. Catharines Black Hawks during a three year span from 1967 -70. Most notable was his final junior year when he and Hockey Hall of Fame team-mate Marcel Dionne both eclipsed the 100 point barrier, when Al scored 47 goals and earned 56 assists for a stellar 103 point season.  

    In 1970, as an OHA first-team all-star, Al was drafted in the 2nd round (24th overall) by the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League.

    Mid-way through the 1971-72 season, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins and exploded for 35 goals the next season playing with Syl Apps and Lowell MacDonald. In 1972-73 Al was chosen to play in the All-Star Game before being traded to the Atlanta Flames. .

    In 1974-75, Al jumped to the WHA's Cleveland Crusaders where he scored 34 goals, and then split the next two years between Cleveland and the Minnesota Fighting Saints. He retired in 1978 after playing 13 games with the Detroit Red Wings, closing the year with Kansas City of the CHL.

    Al attended Brock University and subsequently completed the Canadian Investment Funds program and holds a Certified Financial Planner designation. He is also a Life and Qualifying Member of the Million Dollar Round Table and has excelled in his second career since 1978.

    In 1991, Al joined Programmed Insurance Brokers in Elmira, holding various positions of increasing responsibility, including Vice-President of Marketing, President (2000) and in 2004 was appointed to the role of President and Chief Operating Officer.

    Sports and Scholarships welcomes Al for this year’s special hosting of the “25th anniversary” golf tournament.


SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS - Thursday July 17, 2014
Feb 16, 2015, 1:24 pm

Awards were presented to graduating students from South Bruce from proceeds of the 25th annual “Quarter Century Milestone” Sports and Scholarships Golf Tournament, which was held Thursday July 10 at Pike Lake Golf Centre.

Recognition reception

Four student recipients were publicly recognized at a reception at St. Jacobs Country Playhouse in Waterloo on Thursday July 17.

Scholarship recipients and presenters pose on staircase at St. Jacobs Country Playhouse – Standing (l-r) – Emily van Oyen, (WDCS), Dave West (representing son  J.D. West), Nicole Ruetz, (Sacred Heart), Brian Hicks, Jacqui West, Kelsey Simpson (WDCS) and Dan Rourke. Seated – John Thompson, (tournament chair), Ellen Schmalz (selection committee), and Bruce McDonald (sponsor – CMR Insurance)

Nicole Ruetz

Nicole, a 19 year old resident of Carrick Township and daughter of Peter and Mary Ruetz, graduated from Walkerton Sacred Heart High School where she was active in theatre productions, soccer, sevens rugby and badminton. As well she participated in a Mission Trip to Nicaragua, was a member of two 4-H clubs and competed in dairy shows, as well as participating in CAN Skate, broomball and swimming. Her volunteer activities include annual fall fairs, helping coach minor soccer and swimming, and visiting residents of Brucelea Haven. Nicole plans to attend University of Ottawa for the Honours BA program of French as a Second Language, building on an earlier student exchange visit to France. Her long – term goal is to teach in France.  

Kelsey Simpson

Kelsey, a Mildmay resident, is the 19 year old daughter of Keith and Pat Simpson, and is a graduate of Walkerton District Community School, where she competed in basketball, volleyball, badminton, hockey, swimming, track & field, mountain biking and curling. As well, she served as editor of the yearbook. In Mildmay, Kelsey volunteered with the swim team, Rotary Club events, the Relay for Life, Terry Fox Run and Fire Truck Pull. Her continuing education will take her to the University of Guelph for an under-graduate degree in Bio Medical Science, the next step to a long-term goal of becoming a medical doctor. 

Emily Van Oyen

Emily, the daughter of Bryan and Yoshi Van Oyen, is a 17 year old resident of Carrick Township and graduated from Walkerton District Community School. She competed in high school basketball, track & field, volleyball, badminton and soccer, excelling in many of them, and as well participated in community soccer and broomball, attending various provincial and national events. Community service included stints at the local arena‘s  food booth and sports timekeeping, the book fair at elementary school and chores on a sheep farm. This autumn, Emily will attend University of Guelph working toward a Bachelor of Science, prior to further education in the field of Kinesiology and Human Anatomy, steps toward a career as a health professional.

J.D. West

Eighteen- year-old J.D. West, the son of Dave and Jacqui West, resides in Mildmay and graduated from Walkerton District Community School where he competed perennially in volleyball, basketball, soccer and track & field and advanced to OFSAA events on six occasions. With basketball as his focus, JD has volunteered at several sports camps and local clinics. This fall, JD will attend Laurentian University in Sudbury, hoping to crack the varsity basketball team and will enroll in he Sports Administration course. leading to a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce.  The next four years at Laurentian will be key to JD’s long-term goal of working and/or competing in sports professionally.  

Theatre performance – following the presentations, students, parents, presenters and volunteers were guests of Drayton Entertainment for a performance of “Wichita Lineman – The Music of Glen Campbell” and was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Following the performance, stars of the show Aaron Solomon and Leisa Way offered congratulations to the students.

2015 Tournament

The 25th “Anniversary Sports & Scholarships Golf Tournament" is scheduled for Thursday July 9, 2015 at Pike Lake Golf Centre.

John Thompson
Sports & Scholarships
284 Whitmore Drive
Waterloo,ON N2K 2N5
Phone - 519-884-4050


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