Inaugural Rapids Classic
The sun was shining, the breeze was cool, and the excitement in the air was palpable as golfers and spectators gathered for the first-ever Rapids Classic golf tournament last weekend. With ideal conditions at 25 degrees Celsius and a light breeze, it was indeed a perfect day for golf.
The tournament drew an impressive roster of 30 teams, totaling 120 golfers. These competitors demonstrated the timeless appeal of golf, ranging in age from as young as 10 (Joe Orlando) to as seasoned as 76 (Chris McColgan). Notably, this event wasn't just a local affair. Golfers travelled from as far as Maniwaki and Montreal to join in the friendly competition and support the Paugan Falls Rapids. It was a diverse field that added a unique blend of youthful energy and seasoned experience to the tournament.
Held at the stunningly beautiful Golf Mont-Cascades, the energy and anticipation were high. All those who attended, whether to participate or cheer, were united in their thrill and support for the new senior hockey team, the Paugan Falls Rapids.
The tournament was structured as a four-man best ball competition with a shotgun start. Amidst the robust competition and fair camaraderie, it was Derek McColgan's team, including Jason Trudeau, Bobby Rousson, and Mark Tosh, who clinched the victory. Their impressive -7 score edged out the equally competitive teams of Cole Peck and Steven Schuiteboer, who each finished with -6.
Not to be left out, the tournament also recognized individual performances. Eric Skyba triumphed in the men's longest drive competition, while Melanie Kealey showcased her skills by winning the women's longest drive. Anthony Monty emerged victoriously in the closest to the pin challenge, and Matt Orlando triumphed in the marshmallow drive. Off the green, Matt Walsh walked away with an impressive $975 from the 50/50.
Golf Mont-Cascades pulled out all the stops to ensure an organized and smoothly executed event. Their team was present from the start, greeting each golfer and ensuring their clubs were ready for action. The course also generously donated 10 free rounds of golf and a commendable $600 to the Paugan Falls Rapids, further supporting the cause.
After the tournament, participants and spectators were treated to pizza and salads at Ski Vorlage, rounding off a day of golfing excitement in a convivial atmosphere.
The success of the inaugural Rapids Classic wasn't solely due to the competitors' determination or the perfect weather. Behind the scenes, a group of dedicated volunteers worked tirelessly to make the day a triumph. The Paugan Falls Rapids would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to these volunteers, Golf Mont-Cascades for hosting the tournament, and Ski Vorlage for the warm reception afterward.
The Rapids Classic was more than a golf tournament - it was a community coming together to support their new local hockey team. The funds raised from this event will go a long way in fostering the growth and success of the Paugan Falls Rapids. If the tournament's success is anything to go by, the future looks bright for the Rapids and their enthusiastic supporters. We eagerly anticipate next year's tournament and the continued success of the Paugan Falls Rapids.