BY DAN MCNEE
LISTOWEL – The Listowel Charity Golf Classic has been a summer staple in North Perth for 20 years, but 2013 will be the final run for the local fundraiser.
Classic committee chair Jeff Sippel told The Banner that a number of reasons factor into why the popular golf tournament will cease after its final running on July 18. Among them, the difficulty in finding committee members year after year and the possibility of the Listowel Golf Club hosting a summer Pro-Am event instead in the future.
“We think it has run its course,” said Sippel. “It gets harder and harder going to the community to ask for support year after year.”
Registration for the 20th annual edition of the tournament gets underway in a couple weeks time, with 36 spots for teams of five available. All teams are paired up with a celebrity to round out the sixsome. Cost is $195 per person, which includes 18 holes of golf, cart, three meals, course refreshments and a gift.
This year’s Classic proceeds are being allocated towards the future North Perth recreation complex. On average, the event raises $15,000 annually.
“The tournament has supported a lot of good causes in the community,” said Sippel. “This is just one final push for us, to help the arena project get jump-started.”
Past participants will receive the first invitations to play in this year’s Classic. Those wishing to enter the tournament can contact Sippel via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.