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Charity golf tournament raises money for Cumberland Health Care Foundation

Mike Miller of the Antigonish Farmers Mutual Insurance Company hits an approach shot during the 18th Annual Highland Classic Charity Golf Tournament on Friday.

AMHERST – Organizers of this year's Highland Classic Golf Tournament are confident they've met their goal.

"The final figures aren't in yet, but I'm confident we're close to $30,000," Cumberland Health Care Foundation managing director Gwen Kerr said Friday. "We had a great day of golf and great support from the teams that participated as well as from our sponsors."

Twenty-seven teams took part in the 18-hole event that raises money for the health care foundation. 

The goal of this year's tournament was $30,000 after making $29,600 last year.

Over the previous 17 years, the tournament has raised $430,000 for the foundation and its one of its three major fundraisers including the Annual Dinner in the spring and Light the Way at Christmas.

For the second consecutive year the team from IMP won the overall championship while numerous prizes were presented for competitions including longest drive, most accurate drive and closest to the pin. There was also a putting contest on the practice green.

Teams were treated to snacks on the course from various local businesses including A&W Root Bear and cake, beef and chicken sliders and lobster rolls and meatballs.

They also had the opportunity to play with CPGA pro Frank McShane on one of the Par 3 holes.

There were also three hole-in-one prizes available valued at $30,000 and sponsored by Archway Insurance, Scotia Hyundai, Amherst Chrysler and Fort Equipment. No one sunk a hole-in-one, although there were several close shots.

Next year's event, the 19th annual, is set for Aug. 15 at the Amherst Golf Club.

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Organizations: Cumberland Health Care Foundation, Archway Insurance, Amherst Golf Club

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