Gord Jones tees off at the shotgun start during the Wolf Creek Retired Teachers Association Golf Tournament

Gord Jones tees off at the shotgun start during the Wolf Creek Retired Teachers Association Golf Tournament

Retired teachers golf for Crohn’s and Colitis

The Alberta Retired Teachers Association’s annual tournament, brought together golfers in the name of fundraising.

For the first time in its history, the Alberta Retired Teachers Association’s annual tournament, hosted by the Wolf Creek branch on Wednesday, June 17 brought together golfers in the name of fundraising.

“This is our second time (hosting),” said president Juanita Knight of the association, referring to the Wolf Creek branch. “I think this is the fifth or sixth annual.”

The Retired Teachers Golf Tournament brings retired educators and friends from across Alberta together to enjoy a day of golf and raise money for Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, an issue that hits close to home for some involved.

“The organizer Dave Lindstrand, he has a daughter who has Crohn’s,” said Knight.

The tournament had a putting contest raising money for the charity, as well as a mystery ball guess. Golfers could guess how many balls were in a bag and whatever funds raised by the guessers would be matched by ATB.

Aside from fundraising money for Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, Knight says the tournament is special for all the retired teachers because it allows them — all 88 golfers — to get together and visit in friendly competition. “(It’s) the camaraderie and the socializing and the fun.”

“We’re out for the wellness of golfing and the fun,” she added.