July 23, 2014
For Immediate Release
WHITEHORSE, Yukon — Nearly $60,000 was raised this past weekend at the Yukon Hospital Foundation’s 4th Annual Skookum Asphalt Charity Pro-Am Golf Tournament at Mountain View Golf Club.
Under continuous sunshine and a cross-wind that kept players guessing, 105 players from Yukon, British Columbia and Alberta, 19 professional golfers from the Canadian Professional Golfers’ Association (CPGA) and a dozen volunteers enjoyed a day of great golf, great food and a lot of competition.
Up against a strong field of golfers, Mountain View Golf Club Juniors Parker Olson, Bryce Anderson and Riley Smoler with professional Shaun Lundy – won 1st place, taking home round trip flights with Air North, Yukon’s Airline. Team Small’s Expediting - John Small, Jeff Hunter, Kevin Westin and professional Chris Hinton - took 2nd place. In third place, taking home a weekend in Dawson compliments of Northern Vision Development, was pro Scott Shepherd, Rick Demarinis, Joe Mason Sr. and Joe Mason Jr. representing TSL Contractors.
Reigning professional champion Chris Toth from Alberta’s Stony Plain Golf Course once again took top prize for the professionals, shooting a 145. Tyler Rumpel, representing Jagare Ridge Golf Club in Edmonton placed second with 147 and shooting 149 for a third place tie was Kent Fukushima of the PGA Tour of Canada and first time participant Doug Morgan from The Redwoods Golf Course in Langley.
“We want to thank the signature sponsor, Skookum Asphalt for their ongoing support, and for all of the sponsors, players, volunteers and professionals that have helped make this tournament such a success over the past 5 years. More than $325,000 has been invested in Whitehorse General Hospital, thanks to this tournament – we are so grateful to the companies that come forward to sponsor the event, to donate auction items and to everyone that comes out to participate that day,” enthused Foundation President Krista Prochazka.
The Yukon Hospital Foundation was established in 2005 to support quality health care right here, close to home. The Foundation invests in equipment that will enhance health care capacity in Yukon. Most recently, it raised $2 million in support of a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine for the Whitehorse General Hospital; construction is currently underway and Yukoners will be able to access MRIs in Whitehorse by late-2014, early-2015.
In addition to the Skookum Asphalt Charity Pro-Am, the Yukon Hospital Foundation hosts several fundraising events throughout the year in support of the best possible healthcare for Yukoners right here, close to home. The Northwestel Festival of Trees will begin on Thursday, November 20, 2014.