Road to Hope golf classic raises $13,700

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120 golfers show up for eight annual Road to Hope Golf Classic Sept. 7

All golf carts were in use at the Athabasca Golf and Country Club during the annual Road to Hope Golf Classic Sept. 7.

For the eighth annual golf tournament, 120 people showed up from Athabasca, Lac La Biche and farther. After everything was tallied up, this year’s event raised $13,700, funds that will go directly towards transportation services for cancer patients.

“Unfortunately, cancer touches a lot of lives, and being in a position as Road to Hope, to be able to provide something as simple as a drive to get treatment and have somebody to be with them…. (Cancer) has touched everybody’s lives so everybody has a soft heart in a way of supporting Road To Hope,” said Keith Windeler, chair of the golf classic committee.

Not only is the golf classic about raising money, but also Windeler said it is an opportunity to get the word out about Road to Hope’s services, which are offered throughout Lac La Biche County and Athabasca County.

The format of the tournament was a Texas scramble, and prizes were given to those with the highest score, or the “most honest score,” the lowest score and a team whose name was picked out of a hat.

The low-scoring team at 59 was the Martin & Romanchuk team, including Glenn Martin, Kevin Romanchuk, Jason Campbell and Peter Karczmarczyk.

Throughout the course there were also pay-to-play fun mini-games, including a chipping contest, putting contest and hole-in-one.

LeRoy Overacker, Road to Hope treasurer, said the event has grown over the years, and he cannot get over the amount of support the event receives.

“I’m sure there are people that are golfing out there, they’re only golfing because of Road to Hope,” he said. “They’re not golfers.”

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