Issue: 2015-07-30 PHOTO: Cory Thompson
When Cory Thompson’s dog, Kyla, had to undergo an amputation after being hit by a car, Kona’s Coalition paid all the medical expenses
Here is an idea that will add fun to your summer: compete in a golf charity tournament, and maybe win a new car.
Just bought a new car? Well, there will also be a three-course gourmet Mexican dinner. Don’t like Mexican?
Come out anyway; the organizer of the first annual Putt for Paws summer golf classic promises the event will be fun all on its own.
The tourney will take place this Saturday at the Meadow Lakes Golf & Country Club on the south side of Whitehorse.
Proceeds for this charity event will go to support the animal-care efforts of Kona’s Coalition. The coalition investigates abuse complaints, sets up spay and neuter programs and works with government to improve animal welfare legislation.
Coalition founder and tournament organizer Jordi Mikeli-Jones says animals cxan add a lot of fun to people’s lives, and she expects Putt for Paws will do the same.
In addition to prizes, participants will get swag bags. There will be organic nachos and homemade salsa circulating during the event, in case someone in the foursome ahead of you needs more than a double bogie to sink the ball.
For the past 10 years Mikeli-Jones has put together the annual Sunstroke Music Festival. With this year marking the end of that event, she decided to start another one that she hopes will grow each year. “New sponsors are important, as we often tap into the same supporters, event after event. We felt that a fun, but professional, sporting event was the way to go.”
The tournament is open to anyone, and the prizes are impressive. The first person to get a hole-in-one on a designated hole will receive a new car, courtesy of Mic Mac Toyota.
Other prizes include a signed Nashville Predators hockey jersey, four passes for a float plane ride from Alpine Aviation, an afternoon with Stand Up Paddleboard Yukon, gift certificates from Heat Yukon and more.
Mikeli-Jones is confi dent that Putt for Paws will be a success, but admits it got off to a bit of a slow start. “Soon after planning commenced, we realized that many individual players wanted to rally friends and put in a team. When companies are already sponsoring two or three other tournaments, they are already maxed out for the season,” she says. “We were stoked to create a festive, edgy golf tournament full of Mexican culture, music, colour and friendly competition.”
After the last ball has been putted, a three-course dinner will be served by Compadres Burritos. If its burritos are anything to go by, its gourmet dinner will be mouth-watering.
If you are not able to make it to Putt for Paws, Kona’s will be hosting a few more events this year, including the second annual Dog Jog on Sunday, September 6 at Rotary Peace Park and the MASQ II Halloween party at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre on October 31.
On November 14, Juno Award winners Protest the Hero are slated to perform at Lizards Lounge in the Town & Mountain Hotel.
Putt for Paws takes place on Saturday, August 1. Registration begins at 11 a.m., with a shotgun start at noon. There is space for 12 teams with four players each. For more information contact Jordi Mikeli-Jones at email@example.com.