The news of our event spread quickly and it didn’t take long before we had a full lineup of 36 golfers. The event was again held at Loch March in Kanata and it was a “Great Day at Loch March”. We decided to expand our reach with our fundraising to include the Royal Ottawa for Mental Health Research. This cause is close to our hearts as well and we discovered that 1 in 5 Canadians will be affected by mental illness during their lifetime. This year we were able to raise $44,000 and divided the total between the two foundations.
This years event was a huge step forward as TSN1200 became our media sponsor and we changed venues from Loch March’s 18-hole course to ClubLink’s GreyHawk 36-hole Golf Club where we played on both the Predator and Talon courses. We also grew our number of Golf Warriors from 36 to 62. The event took place Tuesday, August 2 and was a tremendous success as we raised $75,000 for the Royal Ottawa and Ottawa Hospital Foundations.
We feel that our unique golf marathon is becoming one of Ottawa’s most prestigious charity events which has the potential to raise a minimum $100,000 each year. Although we have a small number of people participating, our reach is huge, as each Golf Warrior reaches out to their friends, family and collegues for pledges. We had over 1,500 people make a pledge in 2016 and that number will only grow as we continue to expand the 100 Holes of Hope Golf Marathon.