© Dave Mathieson - Amherst Daily News
The airplane releases its payload.
SPRINGHILL – An airplane flying low and slow over the Springhill Centennial Golf Club on Sunday carpet-bombed the ninth fairway with 900 golf balls.
There was no damage to the course and nobody was hurt but three people did win cash prizes.
The bombing was part of the Texas Scramble Tournament and Blues Golf Ball Drop fundraiser hosted by the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League’s Cumberland County Blues.
“This is the first time the golf ball drop has happened in the Maritimes,” said Terry McManaman, Blues general manager. “For the first event it went well, and we’ll make it a yearly event.”
The closest ball landed about 50 feet from the target flag set up on the ninth fairway. That ball was number 325 and it was bought for $10 by Donald MacDonald. MacDonald won $1,000 for having the ball closest to the hole.
The second place winner won $500, ball number 517, owned by Robin MacLeod.
The third place winner won $250, ball number 995, owned by Stephan Smith.
“With this fundraiser we’re well on our way to paying everybody off and by puck drop we will be debt free,” said Croyden Wood, Blues president. “Next year we’ll likely want to do it as a specific fundraiser and put the money towards new sweaters, or to replace pants or other equipment, or we could put it into our scholarship fund.”
Blues coach Rob McLure proclaimed the event a big success.
“It’s something different and interesting, and we had lots of support,” said McLure.
McManaman also thanked everybody for their support.
“The Blues executive wants to thank everyone who purchased a golf ball and the teams who participated in the golf tournament.”