Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority

Golf tourney raises $5,000

Winning team at 12th Charity Golf Tourney - For names please read article below

Winning Team at 12th Charity Golf Tourney

The winning team at the 12th South Huron Trail Fundraiser Golf Tournament, held at Ironwood Golf Club east of Exeter, on August 28, 2017 was (from left to right in photo) Steve Thomas; Jim DeBlock; Craig Hebert; and Bob Illman. They are shown accepting butterfly box prizes from Dave Crockett, Vice Chair, Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation. The charity golf event saw an increase in teams (17 teams took part this year) and an increase in net proceeds raised. More than $5,000 was raised towards the community project to add a new pedestrian bridge to the MacNaughton-Morrison Section of the South Huron Trail so people have an alternative to walking beside vehicle traffic along Morrison Line. The community golf tournament has raised more than $50,000, over its 12 years, for the South Huron Trail.

12th South Huron Trail Fundraiser Golf Tourney draws 17 teams; brings community closer to goal of pedestrian bridge 

Increased number of teams helps charity golf tourney raise more funds for pedestrian bridge project

The Twelfth South Huron Trail Fundraiser Golf Tournament saw another increase in participation this year with 17 teams having taken part at the 2017 tourney. The charity golf tourney was in support of a project to create a pedestrian bridge along the South Huron Trail.

The golfers at the fundraising event, along with sponsors and donors, raised more than $5,000 for the bridge project. This brings community support for the bridge at more than $140,000 raised of the estimated $200,000 cost of the pedestrian bridge project. Organizers say donations are still encouraged to realize the goal of building the pedestrian bridge, to be called Jones Bridge.

The community golf tournament, now hosted by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation, has raised more than $50,000 for the trail over the fundraising event’s history dating back a dozen years. The year 2017 was the second year that junior golfers took part alongside other golfers.

The winning team at the 2017 event was: Steve Thomas, Jim DeBlock, Craig Hebert, and Bob Illman.

Putting contest winner at the tourney was Dave Atwood. The longest drive in women’s golf at the tourney was Virginia Warwick and the longest drive for the men was Hal Snoddy. Closest to the pin for the women was Kelsey Pettigrew and closest to the pin for the men was Jim DeBlock.

Event sponsors were: H&R Block; John Godbolt; Pfaff Electric Limited; Bud Walker; McDonald’s Restaurant; Ironwood Golf Club; MicroAge Basics; Susanne Strang; Dave and Marcia Crockett; Carol Rideout; Sharon O’Toole; Kate Monk; and Raymond James Ltd. – Skillen Investment Management.

A new pedestrian bridge along the trail would be located west of Morrison Line and link the north and south sides of the South Huron Trail so people would not have to walk along the roadway over Morrison Dam. The speed limit along Morrison Line has been reduced and trail crossing signs have been installed on that roadway but the creation of a pedestrian bridge would give an alternative for people using the trail. The proposed bridge would be the same style as Stirling Bridge between Exeter and Morrison Line. The new structure would include a steel bridge with boardwalks at both ends. It would be suitable for pedestrians, cyclists, strollers, wheelchairs, and the South Huron Trail Mobile (for people with limited mobility). A new pedestrian bridge could enhance use of the trail for decades, according to supporters of the project.

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation Vice Chair Dave Crockett took part in the golf tournament and thanked the golfers, sponsors, donors, and volunteers for making the event such a success. Organizers say the continuing success of the tournament is because of the golfers, donors, sponsors, golf course, volunteers, media, and other supporters. For more information visit:

This is the third year the charity golf tournament has been held in August and the event had an earlier start time this year. The golf tournament is organized by volunteers with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation. The conservation foundation was incorporated in 1974 as a registered, charitable, non-profit organization that promotes accessible trails and other conservation projects in Ausable Bayfield watersheds. 

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