Local golf tournaments back in full swing

Story by Stacie Gaetz


Photos by iStock

Airdrie Chamber of Commerce

The longest running golf tournament in Airdrie is setting a tee time with the return of the full Airdrie Chamber of Commerce (ACC) 20th Annual Chamber Golf Classic.

“We want to celebrate this milestone with you! Our tournament has been designed for golfers of all skill levels by featuring a Texas Scramble format,” says Marilyne Aalhus, executive director of ACC.

“With businesses being hit hard from the pandemic, this is a great way for individuals and businesses to come together and support one another while giving back to chamber programs that have supported all businesses during some of the hardest months ever.”

This year’s event will take place on Aug. 13 from noon until 8:30 pm at Woodside Golf Course and include a banquet. Last year, the event was a golf only tournament.

“It’s time to reconnect in person and support local business!” adds Aalhus.

“This tournament is a fantastic way to reconnect in a fun setting while supporting your local chamber.”

Tournament fees include:

  • round of golf (18 holes)
  • power cart rental
  • complimentary championship banquet dinner
  • complimentary boxed lunch upon arrival/registration
  • complimentary alcoholic beverage
  • complimentary snack (on course)
  • driving range
  • practice facilities
  • Airdrie Chamber of Commerce 20th Annual Chamber Golf Classic welcome gift
  • skill prizes to be won
  • door prizes to be won
  • silent auction

Funds raised through this event allow the chamber to offer much needed workshops and support programs for businesses at little to no cost, according to Aalhus.

“The tournament is for all golfer levels with prizes, great food, lots of laughs, and most important making community connections,” she says.

Tickets are $185 for ACC members and $195 for non-members. Registration for the event closes on Aug. 9 at 10 am.

For more information or to register, click here.

Thumbs Up Foundation

The Thumbs UP Foundation (TUF), a local non-profit organization with the purpose of improving access to mental health care, is hosting its sixth annual fundraising golf tournament at Woodside Golf Course on Aug. 26.

The 2020 tournament raised $13,000 and Kim Titus, director of the TUF, says her team is very proud of the fact that despite the very short turnaround time to pull it together, it was a big success.

“That speaks to the quality and dedication of our volunteers who volunteer every year to help pull it all together,” she says.

“(For this year’s event), we are really looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones so hopefully people will register in time. It usually sells out quite quickly so don’t hesitate if thinking about it!”

She adds whether you are an ace golfer or a high handicap golfer or someone who just wants to spend a day in camaraderie, good energy, and great fun – this is the tournament for you.

“This isn’t just a day of golfing but a day of connectedness, friendship (new and old) and good times for a very good case,” she says.

TUF has been in operation since 2016 with a mission to advocate for positive change for mental health and addiction through the voices of those who have lived through it. The solution-focused organization brings a collaborative, integrated mindset to all its initiatives.

To-date, the golf tournament has raised more than $160,000 with all funds going straight to supporting our mental health efforts including being a catalyst and funder of the 2019 Airdrie & Area Mental Health Task Force, funding the Families Helping Families Program that Calgary-based Cool Family Solutions provides in Airdrie, and the Harmonized Health pilot project that just wrapped up after a year.

“Mental health and addiction impact us all during regular times,” says Titus, whose son took his own life in 2015.

“The pandemic has brought all that to a whole new level. Support for the work we do is more important than ever.”

Titus adds that a number of people who were helped by the Harmonized Health project will take part in the tournament and share their journeys with golfers.

“They wanted to show their gratitude and appreciation for the support they provide our golf tournament by volunteering to share how that support helped change their lives,” Titus adds.

This year’s tournament will be a scaled back version with no speaker, music or banquet. Tickets are $145 and can be purchased here.