TOUR­NEY 30 YEARS OLD

Golfers hit the beach in Seven Mile Bay for the Caseys’ 30th an­nual Sand Bar Golf Tour­na­ment

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY EVAN CERETTI

Eighty-seven golfers hit the beach in Seven Mile Bay for Casey’s 30th an­nual Sand Bar Golf Tour­na­ment

Talk about a sand trap. Al­most 100 golfers found out what it was like to putt and chip in the shift­ing sands of Seven Mile Bay dur­ing the Caseys’ 30th an­nual Sand Bar Golf Tour­na­ment Sat­ur­day.

Ron Casey, 62, has been host­ing the event since he started it in 1988, af­ter he suf­fered an in­jury and needed to find a way to do some golf­ing at a dif­fer­ent pace.

“I broke my leg in ’88 and couldn’t go golf­ing. We set up some holes, [my brother] and I, and we started play­ing from there.”

There weren’t a lot of peo­ple liv­ing in Seven Mile Bay at the time, said Casey.

About 15 play­ers made it out to the first tour­na­ment.

On its 25th an­niver­sary, 104 peo­ple played.

“I never thought we’d go 30 years. We were go­ing to quit af­ter 25 years, but the kids said ‘let’s keep it go­ing.’”

He pre­pares the course two weeks prior to the tour­na­ment in order to fig­ure out where the holes will be.

The tour­na­ment is held on or around the low­est tide of the year, which al­lows for about three hours on the sand­bars be­fore the tide comes in.

Play­ers are only al­lowed to carry one club, and one put­ter.

The course is only eight holes. The ninth hole is the house where all the play­ers gather af­ter­wards.

Food and games are pro­vided, and many awards are given out to the play­ers, in­clud­ing a hand­made win­ner’s tro­phy in the shape of P.E.I., which Casey carves from Is­land oak.

Reg­is­tra­tion is by do­na­tion to a lo­cal char­ity.

Play­ers raised $700 this year, the high­est yet, which will be do­nated to the IWK chil­dren’s health cen­tre.

“Over the years we’ve raised $10,000 for char­ity,” said Casey.

Casey has racked up quite a few good sto­ries out on the sand­bars over the years.

“The thing that stands out the most is the year it was thun­der and light­ning and we went out there and ev­ery­one said we were crazy. There was only six or seven of us that went that year.”

Ellen Trainor, who shot 38 on the eight holes, says the tour­na­ment is about re­con­nect­ing with friends and be­ing able to

“The thing that stands out the most is the year it was thun­der and light­ning and we went out there and ev­ery­one said we were crazy. There was only six or seven of us that went that year.” Ron Casey

play a sport in a stress-free en­vi­ron­ment.

“It’s nice to do it and not take it very se­ri­ously. It’s nice to cel­e­brate our Is­land and the iron­rich sand we have.“

Trainor, who lives in An­chor­age, Alaska, but is orig­i­nally from the Is­land, says the unique con­di­tions of play­ing on a beach, means it can re­ally be any­one’s game.

“It’s very chal­leng­ing. Even if you’re a good golfer, it brings a new level of chal­lenge to the game.”

The over­all win­ner was Chad Ceretti. He shot a 29 on the par 24 course, which earned him the ti­tle for the sec­ond year in a row.

The low­est win­ning score ever recorded was 27.

EVAN CERETTI/THE GUARDIAN

Golfers, from left, Ellen Trainor, Am­ber Ceretti and Ly­sine Soucy take a whack at play­ing golf on the sand dur­ing the Caseys’ 30th an­nual Sand Bar Golf Tour­na­ment in Seven Mile Bay.

EVAN CERETTI/THE GUARDIAN

Chad Ceretti, left, win­ner of the Caseys’ 30th an­nual Sand Bar Golf Tour­na­ment, ac­cepts his tro­phy from event ogranizer Ron Casey. The event ran Sat­ur­day in Seven Mile Bay.

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