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MIKE PENNY NAMED AS 2018 HONORARY CHAIR
Mar 29, 2018, 8:44 pm

Sports and Scholarships is pleased to announce that long-time professional hockey executive  Mike Penny will serve as Honorary Chair for the 29th annual Sports & Scholarships golf tournament. The event is scheduled for Pike Lake Golf Centre on Thursday July 5, 2018. 

    Born in Montreal, and growing up in Toronto, Mike has been involved with professional hockey for close to half a century. 

    His initial opportunity came when he served as a scout with the New York Rangers from 1969-75. In 1975 he was appointed as General Manager of the Kitchener Rangers Hockey Club, a member of the Ontario Major Junior Hockey League (now the Ontario Hockey League). 

    In the mid-seventies, Mike was also an on-ice instructor at Huronia Hockey Camp at Pike Lake Lodge and Campgrounds on highway #89 midway between Harriston and Mount Forest.  During that time, Mike was also a guest at  two Mildmay-Carrick Minor Hockey Association year-end dinners. 

    Following his stint with the Kitchener Rangers, Mike returned to the National Hockey League, holding several roles with the Vancouver Canucks as assistant general manager, director of player development, and vice-president, amateur scouting, spanning the next two decades.

    In 2000, he re-joined former Vancouver coach Pat Quinn, who was then head coach of the  Toronto Maple Leafs, where Mike was appointed director of player personnel. 

    In 2001, his responsibilities also included the role of assistant general manager and in 2003, he was also appointed as general manager of the St. John’s Maple Leafs of the American Hockey League. For a decade he continued his role as director of player personnel, and in 2011 returned to his roots as a scout, a role he still thoroughly enjoys, working from his home in Vancouver BC. 

    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. 


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.
 
Timing:
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
519-884-4050
sstj99@gmail.com
 

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.

 


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