COLUMN: Scott Moffatt Kids Classic Golf Tournament

I’m pleased to announce that July 12, 2012 marks the date for my first annual Scott Moffatt Kids Classic Golf Tournament.  The event will take place at the Canadian Golf & Country Club near Ashton.  My goal is to raise money to help build and replace play structures throughout Rideau-Goulbourn.  The week of July 9-15, 2012 also happens to be Take A Kid To The Course Week and I thought what better week than this to hold a golf tournament that aims to improve playground facilities for children in our communities.  I’d really like to encourage active participation of parents and youth in this tournament and make it a very family friendly and fun event.  I’ll have more details on the tournament in the coming weeks and months but I’m also soliciting volunteers who would be interested in helping me put this together.  I’ll be looking for help with organizing the event, acquiring sponsorships and silent auction donations as well as assistance on the day of the tournament.  If you are a local business and you want to be involved in this event, please contact me and we’ll find an exciting way to get you involved.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact my office and we’ll see how we can put you to work.  Hopefully we can make this a successful event that will benefit kids and families all across Rideau-Goulbourn.

 Just in keeping with the game of golf, I want to highlight a part of history that many people do know but some people are quite unaware of this great piece of Richmond history.  As some may know about me, I am very passionate about the Olympics and the game of golf.  A couple of years ago, there was a very exciting announcement in that golf was to be included in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.  It’s another great opportunity to grow the game of golf worldwide.  Now, what many people may not realize is that this will be the second time golf has been an Olympic sport.  The 3rd Olympiad was rolled into the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, Missouri.  These Olympics consisted of 16 sports, including for the first and only time, golf.  The championship golfer and Olympic Gold Medallist was none other than Richmond’s own George Seymour Lyon.  Mr. Lyon was born in Richmond in 1858 and went on to win eight Canadian Amateur Golf Championships and was also inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.  You can also see him on the wall at the Richmond Arena as a member of the Goulbourn Sports Wall of Fame.  So, in 2016 when the Olympics roll around and you keep hearing the names Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Rory McIlroy, just remember that the 112 year defending champion is a man from Richmond, Ontario; George S. Lyon.