Even Mother Nature was supporting the 5th Annual Ontario Police Memorial Golf Tournament, as the favourable weather conditions held up and an astounding $43,000 was raised for the memorial foundation.
If you add the total from this year’s tournament, held at Deer Creek in Ajax, more than $161,000 has been donated in support of officers who have been killed in the line of duty in Ontartio.
The tournament was created in 2010 by Durham Regional Police Constable Terry Rayner and Tim Hortons franchisee Wendy Brown to honour fallen officers through the Ontario Police Memorial Foundation. A Ceremony of Remembrance is held at Queen’s Park on the first Sunday in May each year.
“Every year, I wonder if we can surpass last year’s total, but our sponsors and players always make it happen,” said Constable Terry Rayner, co-organizer of the event. “We couldn’t do this without everyone’s support and that's what makes this such a great day, for a great cause.”
It was a perfect day, as the golfers competed in longest drive, closest to the pin and putting competitions. There were even cars on the line for the ever-elusive hole-in-one contests, but no one drove away with the victory. There was a new winning foursome, comprised of Csts. Brad Harnum, Pat Jones, Aaron Rice and Jeff Smith, who shot an amazing -15 to claim the title.
Special thanks go out to Wendy Brown and Durham Region Tim Hortons' franchisees, along with Detective Constable Terry Rayner, and the rest of the organizing committee, for all the hard work and dedication that brought this tournament to fruition. Also, the ongoing cooperation and participation of our corporate sponsors, community partners, participants and team of volunteers, makes the tournament an amazing success every year.
Mark your calendars for next year’s event, which has been set for August 26, 2015. If you are interested in being a corporate sponsor or would like to book a foursome for the 6th annual tournament, please contact Terry Rayner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A beautiful day at Deer Creek for the 5th annual tournament (JPG file, 436.4K bytes)
DRP Pipes and Drums member Tom Bowen welcomes the golfers (JPG file, 485.4K bytes)
Cst. Terry Rayner, Cst. Ryan Rayner, DRPA President Randy Henning, Cst. Victor Alves and Cst. Dan Weiner complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (JPG file, 277.6K bytes)
Deputy Burns brings new meaning to 'shotgun start' by firing the cannon (JPG file, 397.2K bytes)
Tournament Co-Chairs Cst. Rayner and Wendy Brown, from Tim Hortons, have raised more than $161, 000 for the memorial (JPG file, 334.0K bytes)
Teeing up a good shot (JPG file, 530.8K bytes)
Lining up a putt (JPG file, 392.1K bytes)
York Regional Police Association members make a great putt (JPG file, 507.1K bytes)
Thanks to sponsor Victory Cigars, golfers got to enjoy some on the course (JPG file, 565.3K bytes)
Major Tournament Sponsors (JPG file, 344.2K bytes)