The third annual AACS golf tournament is still looking for those interested in golfing during the Aug. 11 tournament. File Photo

The third annual AACS golf tournament is still looking for those interested in golfing during the Aug. 11 tournament. File Photo

AACS golf tournament still looking for golfers

All proceeds raised through the tournament will be used for new medical equipment

The third annual golf tournament for the Advanced Ambulatory Care Services (AACS) is still looking for golfers.

The tournament can hold a maximum of 144 golfers, and this year the tournament hopes to have a full slate.

Last year the tournament hosted a total of just over 120 golfers, AACS chair Susan Samson hopes to have the tournament full this year.

“It is filling up nicely, but we still have room. I would like to see the tournament sell out this year,” Samson told the Sylvan Lake News.

Samson suggests making a commitment to golf in the tournament in the next week, to ensure a spot in the Aug. 11 tournament.

This year the tournament will revisit the popular theme M*A*S*H, based of the T.V. show.

For the tournament, Samson says the golfers are encouraged to dress up as their favourite character.

“We are doing the M*A*S*H theme again because it was so popular and requested by a lot of people,” said Samson.

With the theme, there will be prizes handed out for best costume.

As well, there will be prizes for the top mens team, ladies team and mixed team and five hole-in-one prizes awarded throughout the day.

Sylvan Lake Sobeys is offering $10,000 in groceries, Sylvan Agencies, Lakestone Insurance and Lakeside Insurance are offering $10,000 cash, Adrenalin Motors will be offering $20,000 towards any vehicle on the lot at Adrenalin Motors and TD Bobcat is offering $10,000 cash to be split equally between the winner of the tournament and AACS.

“It really going to be a fun filled day for everyone involved,” said Samson.

With registration each golfer will receive a custom golf shirt, golf game, a golf cart to use during the day, lunch, a steak supper and drink tickets.

There will also be a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction.

Silent auction items include donated items from local businesses as well as a signed Washington Capitol jersey and a used game stick from Jay Beagle and Carey Price from the Montreal Canadiens has donated a signed jersey.

Samson says the tournament has been successful in the past, and expect it to be again this year.

Last year the tournament raised $37,000 for the AACS, this year the goal is to raise $50,000.

“By the end of 2018 we want to be able to hand Alberta Health Services $250,000 for medical equipment. Already we have raised $200,000,” Samson said.

All the money raised thus far and through this upcoming tournament will be held in trust and used toward purchasing “major medical equipment that will have a long life span.”

The equipment will be housed in the new Advanced Ambulatory Care Centre in the Sylvan Lake Community Health Centre opening in May 2018.

“We won’t be buying tongue-depressors with this money,” said Samson. “It will go towards major equipment that will be able to actually help during unexpected non-life threatening injuries and illnesses.”

Samson says the AACS will benefit upward of 22,000 people who won’t have to wait in the emergency room for non-life-threatening injuries such as a broken bone.

Sign-ups for the golf tournament are still open and can be done by contacting Meadowlands Golf Course at 403-887-5100 or Klaas van Veller at 403-887-3775.

An individual can register for $150 or a team of four can register for $600.

“It is a lot of fun, a great cause and Meadowlands takes really good care of our golfers,” Samson said.

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