Festival of Golf tees up Sept. 9

“Bushwood” caddies Erin Genge, Mike Genge and Lisa Caron can’t wait to serve up the fun Sept. 9 for the sixth Festival of Golf at Bushwood Golf and Country Club, a.k.a Willow Ridge Golf & Country Club.

With Chatham-Kent’s epic golf event a little more than a week away, organizers are hoping to attract three more teams.

Festival of Golf, a major fundraiser for the Foundation of the Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent (CTCCK), tees off Sept. 9 at Bushwood Country Club.

Well, this year’s theme is Caddyshack, and the 1980 classic golf comedy took place at the fictional Bushwood somewhere in Illinois. This time around, however, it’s at Willow Ridge Golf & Country Club in Blenheim, the home of Festival of Golf for the sixth year.

Mike Genge, president of the CTCCK Foundation, won’t give out details, but said golfers can expect a sampling of the zaniness of the Caddyshack film.

On top of that, the fundraiser event features 18-holes of golf, prizes galore, an auction, dinner, bands, and fun for all.

“We’ve got great prizes, great auction items,” Genge said. “We’ve got a bourbon tasting for 20, a great deal for a week in Cabo (Mexico), a signed Born to Run (from Bruce Springsteen), a guitar from Bon Jovi, signed by the whole band. We have a bunch of giveaways, everything from pinball machines, to Blackstone grills, to Traeger smokers, to watches, sunglasses, you name it.”

On top of that, one of the golfers will win the door prize, a golf trip for four to Scotland for six days and seven nights.

And if that isn’t enough, why not take part in human whack-a-mole for a chance at more prizes?

Also on hand for the day will be representatives from three of Chatham-Kent’s craft breweries, Bayside, Sons of Kent and Red Barn.

The event serves as one of CTCCK’s two major fundraisers each year. In 2021, even with the pandemic keeping everyone distanced, it raised in excess of $115,000.

Shotgun start takes place at 10 a.m.

Golfers enjoy the themed day, 18 holes, side games and fun, beverages, dinner, live music, a late-night buffet and complimentary transportation home.

Entry is $3,000 per foursome.

For more information, visit https://ctcf-ck.com/festival-of-golf/

To sign up a team, call Genge at 519-437-0242.




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