MILL RIVER - "Our 8th Acadian Golf Tournament of P.E.I., which will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, has been completely reinvented to make it more competitive and interesting and to help us collect more profits so that our young Island athletes can participate in the Jeux de l'Acadie (Acadian Games)," says Carole Gallant, president of the P.E.I. Regional Committee of the Jeux de l'Acadie.
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Acajoux, the Jeux de l'Acadie mascot, is sending out an invitation to Island golfers to sign up for the 8th Acadian Golf Tournament of P.E.I. on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Mill River Golf Course. The mascot is practising with (from left) Jeannette Gallant, co-ordinator of the P.E.I. Regional Committee of Les Jeux de l'Acadie, shown accepting a $1,000 sponsorship cheque from Angele Gallant, Wellington branch manager of the Evangeline-Central Credit Union. Bonnie Gallant, executive director of RDÉE Prince Edward Island, the parent organization of the Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of PEI, is also involved as the Chamber is a tournament partner.
The bilingual tournament will be held for the first time at the Mill River Golf Course, a professional 18-hole course. The tournament is also switching days as it is taking place on a Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. rather than a Sunday morning.
Organizers are recruiting four-person corporate teams from all over the province, although individuals and teams of friends are always welcomed.
This year's registration fee includes two golf carts per team.
Free food will be served at stations located near three of the holes on the course. Little games situated here and there on the course will also give participants an opportunity to win additional prizes.
"We had all noticed that registrations were going down every year," explains Gallant. "We therefore decided to establish a provincial committee to help with the organization of the event and especially to help recruit teams, sponsors and suppliers."
The tournament is open to everyone who would like to play, whether they speak French or not. All official ceremonies will be bilingual, as usual.
Golfers are asked to arrive at the Mill River Golf Course by 1:30 p.m. to confirm their registration. The tournament begins at 2 p.m. with a shotgun start. The event will be played in the best-ball Mulligan format.
At the end of the tournament, all players will convene at the club house for the presentation of awards and prizes.
Participants must register in advance by Sept. 9, by contacting Jeannette Gallant at 854-7250 or at email@example.com.
Proceeds from the annual tournament, from the sponsorships of businesses and organizations as well as from a portion of registration fees, will help ensure that more than 150 PEI youth aged 11-16 years will have the opportunity to participate in the Jeux de l'Acadie program each year. Funds raised this year will help provide training for coaches and athletes as well as purchase sports equipment and uniforms for the Island delegation.