Highland Classic surpasses $400,000 mark

Connor Doucette
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Raises money for Cumberland Health Care Foundation

The team from IMP Aerospace was the overall winner at the 17th Annual Highland Classic Charity Golf Tournament on Friday. More than $30,000 was raised for the Cumberland County Health Care Foundation with another $3,200 raised for the Cancer Assistance Fund. Members of the winning team include: Jamie Brown, Bruce Hebert, Steve Bird and Jamie Crocket. The winning team also receives a tour inside a wind turbine compliments of Sprott Power. 

AMHERST – Teams of golfers gathered from across the Maritimes for the Highland Classic golf tournament at the Amherst Golf Club on Friday.

Thirty-two teams and 128 golfers took their shots on 18 holes, with four holes offering a $30,000 hole-in-one prize.

“It was a great day of golf for a great cause,” Cumberland Health Care Foundation managing director Gwen Kerr said. “We experienced almost every type of weather out there today, but everyone had a wonderful time.”

A 50-50 draw, putting green, vendor tents, and a chance to golf alongside Amherst Golf Club pro Frank McShane were also available for golfers looking for a little break from the main competition.

“It’s about people coming out and having fun,” Kerr said. “We’ve got lots of food and prizes and we want people to leave at the end of the day feeling like they’ve had a fun time and done something good at the same time.”

The proceeds from the tournament go into a general fund for the Cumberland Health Care Foundation. This means that the proceeds can be applied to the areas where they’re needed most without restrictions.

For the second year in a row the golfers gave up the souvenir gifts they usually receive with about $3,200 being donated to the foundation’s Cancer Assistance Fund. This fund helps cancer patients and their families cover some of the costs associated with fighting the disease.

“The funds raised from the tournament help the foundation invest in programs and services for our local regional hospital and for health authority programs across the county,” foundation board chair Diana Bacon said.

The money raised Friday, pushed the event’s overall total over 17 years to more than $400,000.

At the end of the day, the IMP team defeated the team of Dr. Kris Bienkowski to win the overall championship with a score of 53. Besides having their name engraved on the Highland Classic Cup, the foursome will also receive a tour inside a wind turbine compliments of Sprott Power.

Kelly Millner knows the importance of this as both an employee at the hospital and a first-year volunteer at the tournament.

“I don’t play golf myself, but it’s very entertaining actually to see all the different ways everyone has to play. It’s been great fun and I’ll definitely be volunteering again next year.”

The tournament is expected to raise close to $30,000 this year to add to it’s overall proceeds of $400,000.

connor.doucette@amherstdaily.com

 

Fact Box

Tournament Winners

Longest Drive on Number 2 – Matthew Wallace

Longest Drive on Number 8 (Women) – Katilyn Dawson

Most Accurate Drive on Number 11 (Men) – Jamie Brown

Most Accurate Drive on Number 11 (Women) – Ann Flewelling

Closest to Pin on Number 9 (Men) – Liam Bradley

Closest to Pin on Number 15 (Men) – Alan Weeks

Closest to Pin on Number 13 (Women) – Ashley Moore

Putting Contest – PolyCello 2

Overall Champion – IMP

Organizations: Cumberland Health Care Foundation, Amherst Golf Club pro Frank McShane, Cancer Assistance Fund

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