WW Smith revamps historic tournament to benefit community

On July 14, the WW Smith Mixed Tournament will transform from a two-day competition to a one-day event focused on fun and a great cause.  The original goal of the changes was to kick off Elmwood’s five-year clubhouse renewal fundraising campaign, however the partners at WW Smith also wanted to add a community element and Elmwood was eager to support the revamped event.  

The format will change to a four person Texas scramble with hazard holes on the course so anyone can win a prize.  There will be on course contests followed by a fantastic dinner and hole in one contest for $110,000 on the ninth hole to commemorate WW Smith’s 110th anniversary.

“We decided to “remix” our mixed tournament and focus on a one-day event that would be a welcoming experience for golfers of all levels with lots of fun in support of great causes. Our hazard holes have been sponsored by our insurer partners Wawanesa Insurance, Red River Mutual, Portage Mutual Insurance, Sandbox Mutual and Blue Cross. With their generous sponsorships, we are providing two prizes on each hazard hole for great shots such as closest to the pin, and not so great shots like landing in a sand trap,” noted partner Will Smith. 

“At W.W. Smith Insurance we always aim to have a community involvement piece with everything we do. For this year’s tournament we wanted to not only support Elmwood, but also a brave little girl Rustyn Paul, who was recently diagnosed with T Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.  Now, proceeds from the tournament support both Elmwood as well as Rustyn’s family (Ashlynn and Kevin Paul) to win this battle with cancer,” said WW Smith Partner Chad Parenteau.  Prize holes include:

·         SGI Canada: Putting Green Challenge for a $2,000 back yard package which includes a BBQ & Bluetooth Speaker

·         J&S Tire: Bean Bag Tire Toss for a $1700 set of Tires

·         ServiceMaster Swift Current: 50/50 Draw Table and are donating an initial $500 to boost the winning prize value.

·         Schafer Private Wealth of RBC Dominion Securities & Condor Enterprises: win a night in a Bronco suite with a food and beverage credit. 

·         W.W. Smith Insurance Ltd: $110,000 Hole in One Prize.

·         Elmwood Golf and Country Club: Golf Cart Sponsors

Elmwood President Larry Jensen said, “As a non-profit with a 100 year history in Swift Current, Elmwood is so grateful for WW Smith’s tremendous partnership and service over the years.  To have them take a lead on helping us kick off our clubhouse renewal campaign while also supporting Rustyn and her family is what our community is all about.”

Entry fees are $120 for Elmwood members and $150 for non-members that includes golf, dinner, cart and a charitable tax receipt.  Anyone looking to enter the tournament and support this worthwhile initiative can call the Elmwood Proshop at 306-773-2722.