Mindemoya hospital to benefit from successful memorial golf tournament

GORDON—The Manitoulin Health Centre (MHC) will benefit from the very successful Memorial Tournament, held at Manitoulin Golf in Gordon/Barrie Island.

“It was excellent, it was the best tournament we have had, everything went off without a hitch,” stated Brian Bainborough of Maple Ridge Farm who hosted the tournament and who is one of the main organizers of the tournament, along with Jack Clark and Allison Idle. “Everyone was happy and had a smile on their face.” He pointed out this years third annual tournament drew a lot of new people to participate.

“We had 75 people on hand, including those just for the dinner,” said Mr. Bainborough. “Cheryl Deeg, Manitoulin Golf clubhouse manager, did an outstanding job of putting on the dinner and hosting the event. Jane and Arthur Pummell came out to help out as well.”

The tournament was held August 20 at Manitoulin Golf. The proceeds from this fundraiser go to the MHC in Mindemoya. “We have a gem with the MHC and the hospital in Mindemoya, and that is the reason we hold the tournament every year. This site in particular has provided tremendous support and, in many cases, a lifeline for citizens of Western Manitoulin for so many years. This event is just a small opportunity for us to show appreciation and lend support to them and all they do for us.”

Mr. Bainborough pointed out the idea for the tournament had started with a suggestion by the late Merle Idle, an avid golfer, several years ago. “It all started in a conversation with Merle, who said we should be doing something for the hospital.”

“This year’s tournament honoured the late Don Cotton,” said Mr. Bainborough who points out that 11 members of Mr. Cotton’s  family were in attendance for dinner.