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                                                                                                Golf Tournament 2000

Nothing Comes Easy………..

With some friends and my golf bag, I headed out this past July 21st to Golf Dorval for a round.  Little did 1 know that only some months later would I realize why, and for what cause over 170 others and I were there.

I'd had an idea of what the Mingo-McEwen Fund was and how it all started.  What I didn't know about was the great amount of time, hard work, and effort many people had put in over the years to make the Fund, and particularly this event, a giant success. 144 golfers and over 30 volunteers made up the crowd for this, the 2nd Annual Mingo-McEwen Golf Tournament.  In attendance too were honorary guests Brent Mingo and Meagan Hamey, who played and helped out with the running of the tournament.  Their parents and many friends and relatives were there also, taking photos, running around and selling raffle tickets for the draw to be held later at the Ceilidh Reception Hall on MacDonald Campus in Ste-Anne de Bellevue.

The cost for the day was a 100$ which got you 1) a round of golf 2) a golf cart 3) a grab bag with assorted goodies 4) a Dagwood’s dinner reception 5) the feeling you’ve had a good day and done some good.

All proceeds from the event, which were handsome and in the vicinity of 20k, go to the Montreal Children's Hospital.  As is customary for this type of organization, a large portion of funds/gifts raised/donated come from sponsors, both anonymously and at large

Golf Dorval played gracious host for the second consecutive year, and despite wet conditions offered up a beautiful 18 holes.  BMW had a motorcycle up for grabs on the back nine for a hole-in-one prize.  Dagwood’s sponsored the reception with sandwiches and salads all seemed to enjoy.  Over 200 prizes, aside from those won in the raffle were there for the 144 golfers to go through, respectively matching up their pre-established prize ticket numbers.  Golf bags, hockey gloves, a rake watch, pen sets and golf balls were among these prizes. The raffle boasted an autographed Maurice Richard stick, a patio set, golf bags again, a 1 Year family membership at the Casgrain Centre at John Abbott, a round for 4 at Golf Dorval, among other things.

On the course there were many other little games to partake in.  A tooney toss on the 4'h hole took 4$ out of me.  There was also a closest to the pin on the 5th where there were some bankers from the Banque Nationale du Canada competing with each golfer for a prize to be determined later.  Chris from my group won the straightest drive contest and a new driver by crashing a drive around 275 yards and landing it on the chalk-drawn line etched down the middle of the fairway.

The format was a Vegas one.  This is where each player from the 4 person group has a chance at beating out the previous best shot, and where the group can elect to hit from which ball they feel would give them the best chance at the next shot.  Sounds easy enough eh?? I continue to learn that in this game, there are no gimmes and no shots are easy.  Unfortunately in my group, there was often no "best" shot and we were forced to settle with a pretty bad "Best” shot.  We were not alone so I'm told.