Parrywinkle June 9, 2016

Just for a change of pace, let's go golfing this week. Albeit in my case, very, very vicariously. You see, I'm not a golfer by any stretch of the imagination. Never have been, never will be.

Because dear readers - and please don't take this the wrong way - I've always considered the majority of golfers to be a fanatical, fickle, frustrated bunch. Up at the crack of dawn to get a good tee-off time. Upon arrival, carping about the foursome in front of them being too slow. And then after the game, spending the rest of the day analyzing and rabbiting on about what they did wrong on the 7th hole or whatever. Pick a number.

Or how they were robbed of an easy 2-foot putt by the aftershock of an earthquake somewhere in South America. Or how…. Well, you get the idea.

Nah, it's not for me. To be candid, and with apologies to all would-be caddies out there, I have only played once in my life. Came in with a score of 63 if memory serves me correct. And I was only on the 5th hole! Hey, even Tiger Woods has his off day. Suffice to say that I used the clubs, bought at The Bunker, as starter supports for my tomato plants a few weeks later. Apparently, the tomatoes didn't take to them either. They all died!

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FORE! - That being said, I have nothing but praise and admiration for golfing guys and gals - those with a hard-won handicap and duffers who don't know a bogey from an eagle alike - who organize and partake in fundraising tournaments in support of so many worthwhile causes in our community. Both locally and more far reaching.

I'm thinking of people like Grahame Dorcas, Paul Alexander, Keith Dugas, Kristen Wilkin, Jim Beauchamp, Dion Cochrane and Scott Crowder who have been volunteering tirelessly to make this year's 6th Annual Cunninghams Pub-Hudson Charity Golf Tourney - which tees off at Whitlock Golf & Country Club in Hudson on June 20 - the biggest and best ever.

To date, they have raised over $90,000 for causes near and dear to their hearts and our community. Including the Canadian Kidney Foundation, Palliative Care, Le Pont/Bridging Food Bank, Canadian Breast Cancer Association, and Team Stock.

Says Jim Beauchamp, “This year, we will continue the tradition and we are counting on participants and sponsors to put us over the $100,000 mark. This time around, we will also be supporting the Centre montérégien de réadaptation (CMR) which provides rehabilitation services within our community for people with motor disabilities as well as hearing or language challenges. Also Dean Stock and his family's fight against ALS. And once again, Karen Major and her team will be on hand to raise awareness and funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Association.”

The day comprises golf, cart, BBQ lunch, supper, and incredible prizes. The cost is $700 per foursome and if you would like to sign up or become a sponsor, Jim would love to hear from you and he can be reached at (514) 457-0080 in Ste. Anne de Bellevue, (450) 458-2122 in Hudson, or at (514) 691-2721.

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TEEING OFF AT HVT - Speaking of foursomes, if you would like see real hijinks on the links, then does Hudson Village Theatre have a treat in store for you! An hilarious comedy penned by Canada's much-loved and most prolific playwright, Norm Foster, titled The Ladies Foursome, directed by Alison Darcy of Scapegoat Carnivale fame, and opening June 22 through July 10.

Without giving the game away - pardon the pun - it's the day following the wake for Catherine, Margot, Connie and Tate’s weekly golf partner, when the threesome gather on the tee with newcomer, Dory, to play a round in honour of their dearly departed. Over the ‘course’ of the next 18 holes, the rigours of golf pale in comparison to the surprises and confessions that emerge as the women discuss everything from life and love to men and sex.