© Dave Mathieson - Amherst Daily News
Supporting the Cumberland County Blues is as easy. Just call Blues general manager Terry McManaman, buy a golf ball, and then watch the ball fall from an airplane. The unique fundraiser is June 23 at the Springhill Centennial Golf Club.
SPRINGHILL – Laser guided systems won’t be used when 1,000 golf balls are dropped from an airplane onto the Springhill Centennial Golf Club.
Instead, the less accurate spray and pray technique will be used
“We have an airplane coming that’s going to drop 1,000 golf balls,” said Terry McManaman, general manager of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League’s Cumberland County Blues. “That will be on the fairway leading up to the No. 9 hole.”
The ball drop is part of the Texas Scramble Tournament and Blues Golf Ball Drop, June 23, at the Springhill Centennial Golf Club.
Golf balls can be purchased for $10, and the three balls closest to a hole set up on the fairway will win a prize. First place is $1,000, second is $500, and third is $250.
The weight of the payload is 110 pounds, and will be dropped out the airplanes side door while it travels at about 100 km/h.
McManaman tried to find a local pilot to carpet bomb the golf course, but settled on a pilot from Summerside, P.E.I.
“He’s charging $400,” said McManaman. “That’s an outstanding deal.”
Money raised will be used to pay off outstanding bills from several years ago.
“With these two events we’re trying to pay off some existing bills from when the Blues won (the Atlantic championship) in 2010,” said McManaman. “Last year we operated and paid our bills for the season. We’re hoping these two events will clear up all existing bills.”
The golf balls will be numbered 1 to 1,000.
“When a ball is purchased we give them a number and take their name and phone number, so they don’t have to be there for that day.”
Bombing commences at 5 p.m.
“If it’s successful we’d like to do it every year,” said McManaman.
Golf balls can be purchased from McManaman at 667-1251 or 297-1121 or by calling 597-2776.
There are still openings for teams wanting to participate in the Texas Scramble.
It’s a shotgun start slated to begin at 10 a.m.
The cost to enter a team is $125 and prizes will be presented to all teams.
Anyone interested can call McManaman.