It was wildly different from your average game of golf. For once, the golfers wanted the highest total possible.
That total, in donations, was the only one that mattered at the TS&M Woodlawn Golf Club on Thursday, July 12, as the Estevan Lions Club hosted their annual event in support of CNIB.
Lions Club volunteers turned out in droves and poured in hours to support the event. For Bob Abernethy, tournament organizer, the number of volunteers was impressive as always.
"We have lots of people in the ten to twenty hour range, and many putting in four or five hours as volunteers," he said. "We had one gentleman, who actually isn't a Lions member, volunteer to be a monitor for the hole in one challenge. He also donated $100 toward the event himself. That's the kind of tremendous support we've got from the community."
CNIB has been a long-standing focus of the Lions Club's efforts in their golf tournament. In fact, they've been raising money for them every year for more than two decades.
"We've worked with them for 25 years and they've supported us and we've tried to raise money for them."
Among the highlights of this year's event on the golf course was a "blind drive" on hole one. Golfers wore a specialized pair of glasses that effectively blindfolded them and hit their drive as they normally would. Before they did, they were offered a demonstration by a member of CNIB who is legally blind on how to hit a golf ball while unable to see.
"For everyone else, it's a great experience to see what someone with very poor vision or who's totally blind can do with a golf ball when some of us, well, can't," said Abernathy.
The Lions Club event wrapped up with a steak dinner, silent auction, and prize raffle. As of this writing, the total amount of money raised is still being added up.