CANMORE - The 15th year of the Hockey Alberta Foundation Golf Classic had a different look as 18 teams took the links at Silvertip Golf Resort in support of Every Kid Every Community.
The 2020 event had COVID-19 safety protocols - including a restriction on golfers and using individual golf carts. The event also featured the introduction of the newest Board member for the Hockey Alberta Foundation.
Lisa Vlooswyk joined Foundation Board Chair Dennis Zukiwsky on the second hole, hosting a “Drive for Donations” competition for the participating teams.
Lisa, otherwise known as “Lisa Longball” due to her status as an eight-time Canadian Long Drive Champion, used her long drives to help raise over $7,100 for Every Kid Every Community.
Lisa currently competes on the Golf Channel’s World Long Drive Association Tour, and finished as high as second in the world long drive championships. Lisa was the first woman to ever hit it the length of 3 ½ NFL football fields in competition and currently holds the Canadian Women’s Long Drive record at 350 yards 2 feet 2 inches.
In addition to her competitive career, Lisa is a Golf Journalist for several publications including Inside Golf Magazine and has had her own column in Golf Digest Canada. Lisa is a successful keynote Peak Performance Speaker at conferences and conventions, and runs her own Golf School for Women in Canada and the United States. Her entrepreneurial success was recognized when she was awarded the Bank of Montreal Celebrating Women award for Expansion and Growth in Small Business.
The total raised through Lisa’s efforts on Hole 2 will be matched through the Shaw Charity Classic Altalink Birdies for Kids Program. A silent auction also generated an additional $8300. In total over $25,000 was raised in the single day modified event.
A big thank you to all teams, donors and celebrities that came out to support or donated in lieu of attending. We look forward to the prospect of returning in 2021 with a full 36 team event again.
For those who wish to support the Hockey Alberta Foundations Every Kid Every Community program online, please visit https://shawcharityclassic.com/donate/
For more information on the Hockey Alberta Foundation Golf Classic or to get involved for 2021 please contact Danielle Kraichy – [email protected] .