Golf tournament gives Highland Storm a boost
|By Alex Coop - Staff Writer | June 24, 2016|
Golf tournament fundraiser gives hockey league a boost
It might be unfamiliar territory for some athletes and coaches, but today’s Highland Storm Golf tournament might become an integral part of the hockey organization’s future.
“It’s a good money maker, but it’s also a good way for people to get together during the summer,” said the Storm’s newest executive member Andy MacMillan. “Most hockey parents only see each other at the rinks during the winter, so this is a great way for everyone to catch up.”
The sponsor support for the league’s first summer golf tournament at the Pinestone Resort has been impressive, MacMillan said, but organizers were hoping for more registered participants.
But for being the first tournament, the eight registered teams is still a great sign.
“We want to build on that for the future,” he said.
Golf tournaments seem to be a go-to fundraising model for many organizations, Teljeur said.
Sponsored holes on the course and the optional dinner after the game provide organizations like the Storm good opportunities to raise money.
It still takes a lot of work to organize, but the basic framework offered by a golf tournament is easier to build upon.
“There are also a lot of people who like to play golf, so that doesn’t hurt either,” he said.
Hockey parents are committed to their children’s hockey experience, MacMillan said, but it doesn’t come cheap.
“It’s not a cheap sport to play, and the cost of ice time is going up … we want to help offset the cost for parents.”
The tournament started at 1 p.m., with dinner and prizes to follow.
ALEX COOP is a reporter for The Highlander.