Golf Tournament sets new record

Despite the on-and-off rain, 90 golfers and 35 non-golfing diners gathered at the Ponoka Community Golf Course to raise more than

Mike Dillen finishes with a follow through as he golfs in the Cathy Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament

Mike Dillen finishes with a follow through as he golfs in the Cathy Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament

Despite the on-and-off rain, 90 golfers and 35 non-golfing diners gathered at the Ponoka Community Golf Course to raise more than $10,000 at the Cathy Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament.

The 18-hole, Texas scramble tournament began after a lunch, at 1 p.m.

“I think it was a raging success,” said Joann Swarbrick, one of the organizers of the tournament. Swarbrick said the tournament received great support from the community and every participant she spoke to seemed to be having a good time.

All of the $10,000 collected from the tickets, the dinner and the silent auction will be donated to the Kidney Foundation of Canada.

This is the second consecutive year the tournament has raised more than $10,000, and a new record has been set. The first year the tournament was hosted the outcome amounted to close to around $7,000.

The winning team consisted of Kevin Saffron, Mike McKnight, Corey Minde, and Mike Sonnenberg. Jay Gould was the winner of the kidney putt prize, a television. The kidney putt was an extra hole in which golfers could pay $5 to putt a rubber kidney.