NAPPAN - If the goal is to keep improving year after year, than it's mission accomplished for the Terry 'Moosie' Lorette Golf Tournament.
With Hurricane Bill bearing down on Nova Scotia, 32 four-person teams hit the links at Bacon's Par 3 in Nappan on Saturday, making it the highest attended tournament in the event's five-year history.
"The support has been phenomenal," said Terry's son, Jordan Lorette. "This is the first time we've sold out a couple of weeks prior to the event and this is the first time we've had full sponsorship, which has allowed us to offer team prizes to every team."
The growth of the tournament is attributed to the family-like atmosphere of the event.
"We try to keep it fun and that's why people keep coming back," said Terry McManaman, who is one of the founders and organizers of the event. "It's fun to see everybody having a good time."
The intimacy of the Bacon's Par 3 also helps contribute to the tournaments success.
"It's the perfect venue because everyone of all ages can get out and have a good time," said Lorette. "It's like a once-a-year reunion out here. A lot of the time the people here only see each other at this event, so they come out to see each other again and have a good time."
"Bacon's Par 3 is very good to us," added McManaman. "Without the course this event wouldn't happen. It's nice to know that every year we can use the facility."
Although everybody has a great time, the event also has a serious side, which is to raise money to help fight the battle against cancer in memory of Terry 'Moosie' Lorette.
"Proceeds from the event go to the Cumberland Palliative Car Unit," said McManaman. "But if there is another event going on around town that we can help out with, then we will make donations towards that as well.
"Two things we are looking at this year are Rick Doucette and Brad Blenkhorn."
Doucette was diagnosed with a brain tumour and recently had it removed and there have been fundraisers to help his family get through the difficult time while he recovers.
Blenkhorn plays for the Canadian Amputee Hockey Team and attends tournaments and training camps and will be heading off to the World Championships in Montreal in April 2010.
With the hard task of trying to improve the tournament year after year, the only question now is how do they improve upon this year?
Only time will tell.The Lorette's want to thank McManaman, Terry Lewis, Mike LeBlanc, Tony Wood, John Lake and Johnny Allen for all their devotion in helping organized the tournament.