Ponoka RCMP Staff Sgt. Cameron Chisholm tees off on hole 6 at Wolf Creek Golf Resort Aug. 11 during the joint Lacombe Ponoka Lacoka Rotary Gold Challenge.

Ponoka RCMP Staff Sgt. Cameron Chisholm tees off on hole 6 at Wolf Creek Golf Resort Aug. 11 during the joint Lacombe Ponoka Lacoka Rotary Gold Challenge.

Ponoka and Lacombe Rotary clubs work together

A joint golf tournament Aug. 12 at the Wolf Creek Golf Resort between the Ponoka and Lacombe Rotary clubs

A joint golf tournament Aug. 12 at the Wolf Creek Golf Resort between the Ponoka and Lacombe Rotary clubs created a win-win situation that will benefit both communities.

The idea came from the Lacombe Rotary Club, explained organizer Bruce Clarke. Each club has 10 members and the golf course was an ideal staging ground as part of it is in Lacombe County and the other half is in Ponoka County, he said.

Golfing in the Texas scramble tournament was not without some friendly rivalry between the two communities; the winning club received 60 per cent of the fundraising dollars, while the loser earned 40 per cent.

“(It’s) friendly competition and there’s winners on both sides,” explained Clarke.

For Ponoka side of the competition, Marc Kallal helped drive interest for the tournament and he feels the effort is something that benefits both groups. As this is the first joint golf fundraiser between the two groups, any money earned is looked at positively.

“We’re just happy to have everybody out here supporting the clubs,” said Kallal.

Interest in the fundraising event was strong as the two groups are collaborating together on the project, added Kallal.

Ponoka RCMP Staff Sgt. Cameron Chisholm – and member of the Ponoka Rotary Club – said bringing the two groups together will help each club with their plans to benefit their community. “This is one of our fundraisers to support the community projects that we have.”

The Lacombe Rotary Club ended up the victor of the friendly tournament and money made from the tournament and the silent auction was split between the two groups.