An over sold-out Pigeon Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce Ice Golf Tournament also featured the largest event the Mulhurst Bay Community Centre had every seen.
Steve Richards, chair of the Ice Golf committee, says while the organizers did not have an exact calculation on how much the annual fundraiser garnered this year there is hope it will reach $15,000, which would be up from last year’s $11,000.
The tournament, which took place March 11 on Pigeon Lake and Mulhurst Bay, also grew for this year, with three courses set up on the lake; one more than last year’s.
“We had about 230 golfers tickets. About 200 made it on to the ice,” said Richards.
The sub-zero temperatures did play a part, but Richards says it is not uncommon even as summer tournaments for a few teams to be unable to tee off.
“Having 90 to 95 per cent of your participants show up and give it the old college try is really good,” said Richards.
“It’s the largest ice golf (tournament) ever in 21 years,” he added.
Approximately 300 participants attended the banquet dinner and silent and live auctions, making it the largest event in history at the Mulhurst Bay Community Centre, said Richards.
Having the three courses worked out well for the event and participants, says Richards, and there were at least two sponsors for every course handing out hot food. Other holes had fire pits to help golfers and volunteers keep warm and tents to block the wind.
“We had a fantastic amount of sponsors show up,” said Richards. Each of the 27 holes was sponsored, with businesses taking part from the Thorsby, Wetaskiwin, Edmonton and Pigeon Lake areas.
Richards says the beloved annual tournament already has fans seeking tickets for the 2018 tournament.