Minor hockey association to host golf tournament
In order to help raise the rinks, the Airdrie Minor Hockey Association (AMHA) is hitting the links.
As one of the city’s primary ice user groups, the association is holding its first annual golf tournament, Sept. 7 at Collicutt Siding Golf Club in Crossfield to help pay off its portion of the ARRES’ Raise the Rinks project, to fund phase three of the Genesis Place expansion.
Phase three will include twin arenas with 350 seats and will cost $16 million. The project is scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2013.
“We need to put money in for the project and we have a bill to pay being an ice user group,” said Larry Smith, the association’s midget and AA director.
“We decided to try a golf tournament (to raise money).”
The day begins at noon with a shuttle leaving from Ron Ebbesen Arena and the tournament’s shot gun start is at 1 p.m. It features an 18-hole, best-ball format, putting competitions and prizes for the longest drive. The evening includes a banquet at the Overtime Lounge, a silent auction and a live band. There is room for 30 teams, and Smith said the tournament is close to being full.
Smith said the group hasn’t set a specific fundraising goal, but it’s a cause many families and residents should support, especially those involved in ice sports.
“The more (money) we can raise, the better,” he said. “We’ve never put one on before, so we don’t know how much we’ll be able to raise.
We haven’t had new ice surfaces in Airdrie since 1992. Now that the population’s changed drastically, we’re still trying to house the kids on three sheets of ice.
That’s the reason for raising money: to get the rinks built and get more ice time for the kids.”
Golfers can register individually for $150 or as a team for $600. To register online or to download the registration form, visit www.airdriehockey.ca