The St. Michael’s College School (SMCS) Annual Golf Tournament has been a constant on the school’s events calendar, and this year’s golf committee is happy to continue the 45-year tradition with a new date and format.
Golfers will join us on Monday, October 19 at Woodington Lake Golf Club in Tottenham. The autumn date is a change from the traditional June calendar fixture, but the committee has worked hard to provide golfers with a safe and enjoyable day on the course. This is the first time in over a decade, the tournament will be held outside the GTA. Woodington Lake is home to the Ontario Open and offers two beautiful courses. Golfers will play on the challenging 6,067-yard Legend course and will experience the award-winning 18th hole, surrounded by Woodington Lake.
“When the Office of Advancement suggested we move forward with the Annual Golf Tournament this year, I was doubtful that the tournament could take place for the 2020 year. It seemed that we were working with setbacks, possible poor weather holding mid-October, advertising with such short notice, limitation of golfers,” says Don Bannan ’66, SMCS golf tournament committee chair. “Well, I am glad I was wrong, we were sold out within two weeks! The community’s responses prove that SMCS students and the bursary programme matter. I’m proud to be part of this tournament.”
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the tournament has been limited to 100 golfers. It will see the return of many familiar and loyal supports including title sponsor, AGAWA Fund Management Inc., lunch sponsor, Document Direction Ltd, and beverage cart sponsor, Eurest Services, a member of Compass Group Canada.
Golfers will also notice a few updates to this year’s event. The best-ball tournament has moved away from the customary shot-gun start to scheduled tee-times and foursomes have been divided into two groups. Tee-off times will begin on holes 1 and 10 with 10-minute intervals starting at 10:30 a.m.
Participants will still enjoy friendly on-course competition activities such as Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin. This year, the committee is pleased to arrange, the Closest to the Target, sponsored by Williams & Partners Chartered Accountants LLP. In this competition, golfers will attempt to hit a target placed 180 yards from the tee at hole 7.
The golf tournament continues to play a significant role in raising funds for the school’s bursary programme. Last year, approximately $25,000 was raised, that went directly to deserving students requiring financial assistance.
Even though the tournament is sold out, the SMCS community can still support this worthy cause by making a donation at smcsgive.com; choose Other and indicate ‘Golf’ in the field provided.