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30th Annual Sports & Scholarships Golf Tourney a Huge Success
Nov 24, 2019, 4:52 pm

On Thursday July 4, 2019, the 30th annual Sports & Scholarships Golf Tournament was hosted at Pike Lake Golf Centre, with s sold-out field of golfers from southwestern Ontario enjoying a balmy day on the links.

 

CHAMPIONS BY FLIGHT

Men’s/Open - a foursome that included three past Honorary Chairs - Gary Gravett (Goderich - 2017),former CTV Sports Director Randy Steinman (Kitchener - 2003), Juno award winning singer Jamie Warren (Kitchener - 2001)and Curtis Schmalz (Mildmay) scored a 57 (-15) to win the Open Flight. This score matched the tournament record and was a four stroke victory over the Kitchener foursome (and past champions and record holders in 2012 and 2013) Dan Weaver and Curtis, John & Stewart Mills who notched a 61 (-11). The Mildmay quartet of Doug Breig, Robert Cleland, Dave Kirkconnell and Rob Soers also notched 61 (-11).

 

 

 

 

Men’s / Open Champs

Gary Gravett, Randy Steinman, Curtis Schmalz and Jamie Warren

 

Past Honorary Chairs- a second foursome of past Honorary Chairs included National Hockey League alumnus Al McDonough (Kitchener - 2015), former professional baseball player Bob McKillop (Kitchener - 2012), retired NHL referee Lance Roberts (Waterloo - 1999) and World Hockey Association alumnus Ted Scharf (Waterloo -  2000).

 

 

Past Honorary Chairs

Bob McKillop, Al McDonough, Lance Roberts and Ted Scharf.

 

Ladies - the defending champion ladies foursome of Liane Brown, Rosemary Borho and Susan Voisin (all of Formosa) and Joyce Millen (Teeswater) established a new Ladies Flight record with a bogey-free round that included seven birdies for an impressive 65 (-7). In second position, five-strokes behind, was the foursome of Mary Domm (Ayton), Becca Natches, Gail Poechman (Walkerton) and Sherry Weiler (Mildmay), who scored 70 (-2).

 

 

 

Ladies Champs

Joyce Millen, Lianne Brown, Rosemary Borho and Susan Voisin

 

Family (all foursome golfers related) – the family foursome of Patti & Paul McCormick (Guelph), Gayle Salter-Kennedy (Ayr) and Matt Walker (Kitchener) also defended their title in the Family Flight with a 63 (-9) and a two-stroke victory over brothers Joe (Waterloo), Murray (Dorchester), Philip (Cambridge) and Rich Grubb (Hanover) who finished at 65 (-7). Third spot, at 66 (-6) was claimed by a mixed foursome of siblings Chris & Michelle McCormick (Guelph) and newlyweds Jennifer & Kevin Wall (Toronto). Guelph..

 

 

 

Family Champions –

Matt Walker, Gayle Salter-Kennedy, Patti and Paul McCormick

 

 

Brian & Sandy Fedy and Jane & Larry Margetts (all of New Hamburg) posted a 67 (-5) to claim a one-stroke victory over defending champion Bill & Jacquie Ballagh (Kitchener) and George & Marianne Dziarski (Waterloo) who shot 68 (-4). Third spot was earned by Pete & Wendy Cober (New Hamburg) and their guests Dean & Mo McElhinney (Calgary AB).who were even par at 72.

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Mixed Flight Champions -

Brian & Sandy Fedy and Jane & Larry Margetts

 

 

The Best Dressed Team was comprised of Michelle, Chris & Jennifer McCormick and Kevin Wall, all of Guelph who sported resplendent matching, bright flowered shirts and hats.

 

 

Best Dressed Team

Michelle McCormick, Jennifer & Kevin Wall and Chris McCormick.

 

The Mac Lindsay Memorial “Anchor” Award was claimed by long-time participants Ellen Schmalz and Pat Simpson, who were joined for a fourth year by Janice Swanton and Phyliss Wise with all four Mildmay golfers combining for a 79 (+7).

 

 

“Mac Lindsay” Memorial Anchor Award

Phyliss Durrer, Ellen Schmalz, Pat Simpson and Janice Swanton

 

CLOSEST TO THE PINS

Hole #3 – Phil Grubb (Cambridge) and Susie Voisin (Formosa) each received $100 cash from sponsor Ted Scharf of Scharf Realty Services, Waterloo for their closest to the pins shots from the elevated Hole #3 par three tee blocks..

Hole #7 – Murray Grubb (Dorchester) and Sylvia Van Dongen (Toronto).

Hole #10Dan Weaver (Kitchener) and Jane Margetts (New Hamburg).

Hole #17Archie Weiler (Mildmay) and Jennifer Wall (Toronto)

 

LONGEST DRIVES

Hole #18 - Curtis Schmalz (Mildmay) and Gail Poechman (Walkerton).

 

PUTTING CONTEST

Glenn McLelland (Kitchener – 75) and Jane Margetts (New Hamburg - 65).

 

RAFFLE PRIZES

Raffle prizes were won by Kevin Wall (Toronto) whose ticket was drawn for the 46” TV, the Hot Air Balloon Ride (courtesy Sundance Balloons & Rogers Radio Group) was claimed by Ross Dettweiler (Breslau)andthe MacLean’s Ales of Hanover 30 litre keg was awarded to Mat Wolf (Waterloo); sets of luggage were claimed by Jason Ball (Kitchener) and Bob McDermott (Kitchener);and the Weber Smoker by Rob Soers (Mildmay),

 

SKINS

Three “skins” valued at $240 eachwere earned with “eagles” notched on Hole #1 by the McCormick/Wall quartet and Hole #4 by Murray/Mary Lou Schmidt and Brenda/John Thompson (all of Waterloo), and a crafty birdy on Hole #5 by John & Michael Voisin (Formosa), Kelly Voisin (Hanover) and Brian Yahbee (Mildmay). Two teams matched eagles on Hole #6, while three eagles were carded on Hole #11.

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50/50 proceeds from the Lions Club of Pike Lake -Minto on Tee Block #3 resulted in the winner Lynn Amatuzio (Waterloo) pocketing $555.00.

 

Special thanks to Pike Lake golf professional Greg Shaw and the Golf Centre and dining room staff for great on-course conditions and a terrific steak buffet that many considered, a superb and much enjoyed meal..

 

HOSTING

Thanks are extended to volunteers who enthusiastically added to the success of the event – Mel & Terry Barrie (Kitchener) for organizing the prize table and auction and taking foursome photos at putting green; Steve Currie (Waterloo) as official scorer/registration and member of the scholarship selection committee ; emcee Bob and Margaret McKillop (Kitchener) for hosting the Putting Contest; Brenda Thompson (Waterloo) at registration; Ellen Schmalz (Mildmay) and Tony Lea (Waterloo) on the scholarship selection committee and members of the Lion’s Club of Pike Lake – Jim Dunlop, Debbie Simard and Orbin Eickmeier - conducting the 50/50 draw; Denise Benninger and Don Clarke, Matt Balk, Daniel Higgins and Jeff McKinnon, all from Kitchener-Waterloo as representatives from the Sports for Special Athletes Association (greeters and cart loaders); Steve and Linda Hasyj (Pike Lake); Diane Boston-Nyp (Kitchener), Linda Kieswetter (Waterloo) and Kelly Strome (Paradise Lake / St. Clements) for prize table distribution. .

 

STUDENT AWARDS

 

Proceeds from the event provide funding for various community projects and charity sports initiatives, as well as student scholarships. The 2019 scholarship awards of $1,000 and honorable mentions of $300 were presented at the Lions Club of Formosa on Fathers Day brunch on Sunday June 16 at the Formosa Community Centre. South Bruce secondary school graduating students who received the awards were: Pilar Dietrich, Amber, Ashley and Curtis Ruetz, Carter Schaus and Magdalena Wheeler, all graduates of Sacred Heart High School, Walkerton, and Carly Frank and Rachael Van Stuyvenberg from F.E. Madill High School, in Wingham.

 

Elementary school Grade 8 recipients for 2019 were Kailynn Moyer (Sacred Heart Elementary Arts Award) and Saira Zhang (Mildmay Carrick Public Elementary Highest Academic Award).


KW Titans Cavell Johnson Named 2019 Tournament Honorary Chair
Apr 4, 2019, 2:38 pm

KW Titans Cavell Johnson Named

2019 Tournament Honorary Chair   

 Sports and Scholarships is pleased to announce that Cavell Johnson, the head coach of the KW Titans Professional Basketball Club, will serve as Honorary Chair for the 30th annual Sports & Scholarships golf tournament. The event is scheduled for Pike Lake Golf Centre on Thursday July 4, 2019. 

    In his first full season as Head Coach, Johnson guided the Titans within three games of the National Basketball League of Canada Central Division regular season title. Titans finished fourth, behind Division leading London Lightning, St. John’s NL Edge and Sudbury 5 and are currently tangling with the Lightning in the divisional semi-finals. The London Lightning are the current two-time defending champions, and have captured the NBLC championship four times in the league’s seven-year history.   

     Johnson, a native of Fort Washington, MD played three seasons with the NCAA Division I James Madison University Dukes at Harrisonburg, VA and finished his college play with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Retrievers at Catonsville, MD. 

     In 2012, in his first year as a professional, Cavell and his Beltway Bombers won the Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League championship and he was named as the Finals MVP. 

    Cavell then headed north to Canada, suiting up with the Saint John NB Mill Rats, averaging 10.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in his first NBL Canada season.

     He then moved to the Brampton ON A's, posting career-best average of 14.2 points per game, as well as 6.2 rebounds, and was named the NBLC Defensive Player of the Year. 

    Following a second season with the A's, Cavell headed overseas to become the starting power forward for Vilpas in Finland and MAFC Budapest in Hungary. 

    After brief spells in China and Greece, Johnson returned to the NBL Canada and signed with the KW Titans for the 2016-17 season. The following year, he appeared in only two games as a player before he  embarked on a new chapter in his basketball career when he was appointed as Titans’ coach, a role he also accepted for the current 2018-19 season.

     Cavell has embraced Kitchener-Waterloo and immersed himself in the community where he and the Titans have provided first class entertainment and competition at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium. He looks forward to meet all golfers and guests at Pike Lake on Thursday July 4th. 

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

     Scholarship application forms for South Bruce graduating secondary school students are being accepted until Tuesday April 30, 2019. 


Feb 2, 2019, 9:19 pm

2019 Application Forms Available For $1,000 Scholarships

  The annual Sports and Scholarships program providing $1,000 financial awards to students who reside in South Bruce is now accepting applications. Scholarship funding will be derived from the 30h annual Sports and Scholarships Golf Tournament scheduled for Pike Lake Golf Centre on Thursday July 4, 2019.

  Students who meet the following criteria are eligible and encouraged to apply:

  • Graduating from secondary school in 2019
  • Currently residing in the municipality of South Bruce, including the villages of Mildmay & Teeswater and the Townships of Carrick & Culross
  • Continuing their education in 2019-2020 at a recognized post-secondary institution
  • Exhibited community volunteerism
  • Displayed academic commitment and participation in extra-curricular activities during their secondary school careers

  Deadline for application is TUESDAY APRIL 30, 2019.

  The program commenced in 1996, and of the 117 students who have received Sports & Scholarships financial awards, 65 have been from South Bruce. As well, 47 students from Mildmay’s two elementary schools have been recognized with Grade 8 achievement awards.

  The 2019 secondary school student awards will be presented at the Lion’s Club of Formosa Father’s Day Breakfast/Brunch on Sunday early afternoon June 16 at the Formosa Community Centre.

  Application forms are available at the Guidance Offices of Walkerton District Community School, Sacred Heart High School, Walkerton, F.E. Madill Secondary School in Wingham, and the Town Crier office (519-367-2681) or can be downloaded from the websitewww.sportsandscholarships.com.

Scholarship applications, as well as golf tournament brochures can be obtained from John Thompson at 519-884-4050 or e-mail sstj99@gmail.com

 


2018 BURSARY AWARD RECIPIENTS RECOGNIZED
Jun 21, 2018, 4:34 pm

2018 BURSARY AWARD RECIPIENTS RECOGNIZED

Bursary awards of $1,000 each were presented on Wednesday June 20 to four local secondary school graduating students from proceeds of the 29th annual Sports and Scholarships Golf Tournament.

Recognition reception

The scholarship recipients were publicly recognized at a reception at the Drayton Public Library, followed by family, friends, sponsors and volunteers enjoying the stage presentation at Drayton Festival Theatre of the hilarious and up-lifting “Canada 151: Better Late Than Sorry”. The production featured humorist Neil Aitchison and a highly skilled supporting cast that included former bursary recipient (2010) Devan Ballagh and her sister Paige, both of Teeswater.  

Sophie Borho – Seventeen year old Sophie Borho of Formosa/Culross, a 2018 graduate of Walkerton Sacred Heart High School, will attend University of Waterloo to study Biomedical Science, including biology, chemistry, physics, calculus and other medical-related subjects. Her long-term objective is eventually enrolling in Optometry School to earn her doctorate. Sophie has embraced her career path following a co-op term at a vision care centre when she was in grade seven. Motivated by two mission trips to Nicaragua, looking ahead Sophie aspires to travel to other countries, including a potential return to Nicaragua, to provide eye-care and help improve peoples’ lives. Her long term goal would be returning to Canada and eventually having her own optometry practice. 

Mackenzie Fischer – Mac Fischer of Teeswater/Culross is a nineteen year old graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Walkerton who has had a co-op work experience in accounting at Bruce Power. This assisted in Mac’s decision to attend the University of Guelph where he has been accepted into the five-year Bachelor of Commerce Co-op Accounting Program. In the long-term, after achieving his CPA designation, Mac envisions a career in the financial industry with hopes of being able to contribute to the efficiency of business, possibly returning to his local roots to be an effective contributor to the growth of local industries.

Gloria Kim - A resident of Teeswater, Gloria Kim is a 17 year old graduate of F. E. Madill Secondary School in Wingham, and she plans to continue her education in Health / Medical Sciences at either University of Western Ontario (London) or McMaster University (Hamilton). Her next step would then be admission to medical school and a dream career objective of becoming a doctor, ideally specializing in surgery. Following a family missions trip to Mexico, Gloria was further motivated to eventually share her acquired knowledge internationally and assist impoverished people who need medical aid.

Rhys Martin – Rhys Martin, 18 of Formosa/Culross, and a graduate of Sacred heart High School, Walkerton had completed a co-op placement at Mel’s Welding in Mildmay, and developed a passion for the technology. Subsequently, Rhys competed in the Skills Canada – Ontario welding competition for Bruce-Grey and qualified for the next round in Midland with opportunity to further advance to the provincial competition in Toronto. His career path will take him to Fanshawe College’s Welding Techniques program, and following graduation, he plans to enter the workforce as a qualified welder.  

In addition, local elementary school award winners being recognized in their schools are Jessica Waechter (Mildmay-Carrick Elementary School) and Avrie Goetz (Mildmay Sacred Heart Elementary School).

Summary - since the inception of the program, 117 scholarship awards have been presented, including 65 to graduating secondary school students in South Bruce. Of those, 43 have been graduates of Walkerton District Community School, 16 from Sacred Heart, Walkerton and six from F.E. Madill Secondary in Wingham.

This year’s golf tournament is scheduled for Thursday July 5 with an 11:00 am shotgun start at Pike lake Golf Centre. For information, contact John Thompson at 519-884-4050 or sstj99@gmail.com


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

MIKE PENNY NAMED AS 2018 HONORARY CHAIR

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

GARY GRAVETT NAMED

2017 TOURNAMENT HONORARY CHAIR    

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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