Burke tour­na­ment to re­turn Aug. 25

Parrs­boro event sup­ports oper­a­tion of band hall

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - SPORTS - BY AN­DREW WAGSTAFF CIT­I­ZEN-RECORD PARRS­BORO an­drew.wagstaff@amher­st­news.ca Twit­ter: @ADNan­drew

Af­ter 17 years, the Bernie Burke Golf Tour­na­ment is on­line.

Teams are be­ing en­cour­aged to reg­is­ter for this year’s event on­line at the tour­na­ment’s new web­site, www.bernieburkegolf. ca. The tour­na­ment will take place at the Parrs­boro Golf Club on Fri­day, Aug. 25, with pro­ceeds go­ing to­ward the Parrs­boro Band Hall and South Cum­ber­land Com­mu­nity Care Cen­tre.

“The money we raise will be go­ing to­ward the gen­eral oper­a­tion of the hall,” said Pa­tri­cia Burke, board mem­ber for the Parrs­boro Band As­so­ci­a­tion and daugh­ter of the late Bernie Burke. “We do have a ten­der out, and we’re go­ing to re­place the com­plete roof with a steel roof.”

The Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Cum­ber­land County has com­mit­ted to cov­er­ing half of the cost of the roof project, with the band as­so­ci­a­tion re­spon­si­ble for the re­main­der.

“We’re pretty well at the other half,” she said. “This golf tour­na­ment will head it all off, that’s for sure.”

On a sad note, this year’s tour­na­ment will be miss­ing one of its most fa­mil­iar faces. Bill Wheaton Jr., son-in-law of Bernie Burke and long­time groundskeeper at the golf club, passed away ear­lier this year. The tour­na­ment’s putting con­test has been re­named in his mem­ory.

“Billy al­ways looked af­ter it,” said Burke. “It’s go­ing to be dif­fer­ent at the course this year without Billy, be­cause he was al­ways the greenskeeper, and made sure things were done ex­actly like they needed to be done prior to the event.”

Every­thing else about the event will be stay­ing the same, in­clud­ing the prize of a 2017 Ford Fo­cus be­ing of­fered to any­one who hits a hole-in-one on hole No. 3 (dur­ing the first nine holes). This prize is be­ing put up by Sar­gent’s, and Arch­way In­surance.

The first- and se­cond-place win­ners will have their names en­graved on a plaque at the golf club.

Play­ers are en­cour­aged to put to­gether their own three-per­son teams for the event, and can reg­is­ter at the cost of $100 per per­son.

Money raised from the event has helped make pos­si­ble plenty of ren­o­va­tion work at the hall, in­clud­ing a re­mod­elled en­try­way/foyer, and ad­di­tional funds into the re­vamped stag­ing that were not cov­ered by the New Hori­zons govern­ment grant. A new en­closed stor­age room has also been added next to the seating area, while the an­nex por­tion of the build­ing has had a new kitchen in­stalled. An­nual do­na­tions have also been made to the pal­lia­tive care unit at SCCCC.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Bernie Burke Golf Tour­na­ment, or to reg­is­ter, visit www.bernieburkegolf.ca.

AN­DREW WAGSTAFF/CIT­I­ZEN-RECORD

Pa­tri­cia Burke at the Parrs­boro Band Hall, which con­tin­ues to see im­prove­ments thanks to suc­cess­ful fundrais­ing ef­forts such as the an­nual Bernie Burke Golf Tour­na­ment. The 17th an­nual event will take place at the Parrs­boro Golf Club on Fri­day, Aug. 25.

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