Tee­ing off in St. John’s

TCP Health Foun­da­tion to hold annual golf clas­sic at Pippy Park

The Compass - - OPINION - BYNICHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

With a golf course in its back yard, it would make sense for the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion Pla­cen­tia Health Foun­da­tion to hold its annual golf clas­sic there in­stead of us­ing The Ad­mi­ral’s Green in Pippy Park in St. John’s on July 5.

The course in ques­tion is the Pitcher’s Pond Golf Course in White­way.

The de­ci­sion to hold it in St. John’s was not in hopes of draw­ing upon the big­ger clien­tele that is al­ways as­so­ci­ated with the cap­i­tal city, but due to the fact that Pitcher’s Pond just is not big enough.

“It only has nine holes,” said TCP Health Foun­da­tion chief de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Don Coombs. “If it wasn’t for the size of Pitcher’s Pond, we’d be over there in a heart­beat.”

Coombs said the tour­na­ment will be com­prised of 36 teams, a num­ber Pitcher’s Pond is not able to han­dle with the planned for­mat of the clas­sic.

He said or­ga­niz­ers plan on us­ing a shot­gun style start for the tour­na­ment. This means each team will tee off si­mul­ta­ne­ously from dif­fer­ent holes.

“We wouldn’t be able to do it and have four players to a hole,” he stated. “We need 18 holes.”

How is this sit­ting with the brass in White­way?

Lee­land An­der­son, spokesman with the Pitcher’s Pond Golf Course, said the group “ap­plauds” what the foun­da­tion is do­ing.

“We sup­port them in any way we can and wher­ever they de­cide to hold the clas­sic,” he said. “Whether that is at Pitcher’s Pond or not.”

Coombs said Pitcher’s Pond has al­ways been very sup­port­ive of the foun­da­tion, not­ing that mem­bers of the board at­tend the golf clas­sic each year.

Don Coombs is the chief de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer for the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion Pla­cen­tia Health Foun­da­tion.

Well-re­ceived event

This year’s clas­sic will mark the 13th year it has been run. Be­fore it moved to the Ad­mi­ral’s Green a cou­ple of years ago, the event was held at The Wild’s on Sal­monier River.

Coombs said the clas­sic does “quite well” for the foun­da­tion.

The cost is $1,000 per team of four, or $250 for in­di­vid­ual reg­is­tra­tion.

With the limit of 36 teams an­tic­i­pated to fill up, it is ex­pected to gen­er­ate up­wards of $40,000 for the pur­chase of new equip­ment.

“There are a lot of peo­ple who sup­port the event,” said Coombs.

He did not know the ex­act num­ber of sup­port­ers who had signed up, but he did say re­sponse “has been fan­tas­tic.”

Dif­fer­ent clien­tele

For the TCP Health Foun­da­tion, the golf clas­sic draws do­na­tions from a dif­fer­ent group of peo­ple.

There are still some holdovers who also do­nate to the telethon in Oc­to­ber, it is a “dif­fer­ent crowd” who pledge their sup­port through the golf clas­sic.

“We find there are peo­ple who sup­port us in that way, who don’t sup­port us in other things, like the telethon,” said Coombs. “It’s sort of new money for us.”

He said said the tour­na­ment draws teams from out of prov­ince, as well as peo­ple from the area.

“They’re good and they’re there for the right rea­sons,” said Coombs. “It’s a great day and a great bit of fun.”

For any­one wish­ing to regis­ter, the dead­line is June 21. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Don Coombs at 9455289.

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/the Com­pass

SEE­ING EYE SIN­GLE — Har­bour Breeze first base­man David Pen­ney makes a valiant at­tempt at a ball off the bat of a Kelly’s Land­ing hit­ter when the two teams met in Bay Roberts 19-an­dover Mol­son men’s soft­ball ac­tion at the Wil­bur Sparks Re­cre­ation Com­plex in Bay Roberts last week. Kelly’s Land­ing thumped Har­bour Breeze 20-2.

Com­pass file photo by Terry Roberts

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