An Estevan-based oilfield company and one of the city's top sports facilities have come together on a naming rights agreement that both sides regard as a "win-win situation."
TS&M Supply and the Estevan Woodlawn Golf Club announced on Wednesday that TS&M will pay $50,000 a year for the next 10 years to purchase the naming rights for the golf course; the venue will be known as the TS&M Woodlawn Golf Club as part of the $500,000 agreement.
Woodlawn's logo will also undergo a change to reflect the arrangement.
Woodlawn had been seeking somebody to purchase the naming rights for the course as they continue their recovery from last spring's flooding, and as they continue their rebuild of the back nine.
"Last year with the devastation caused by the flooding in Estevan, obviously that was substantial for many people and for many businesses, and in particular the Woodlawn Golf Course," said TS&M regional manager Dan Pratt.
TS&M is passionate about the community, Pratt said, and they're always looking for opportunities to give something back. He thinks the new name of the golf course sounds great.
"We're always proud when our name is out there, and especially when it's representing something with as much class and professionalism as the golf course," said Pratt. "We're pleased to put our name behind that. And seeing all the hard work, too, that these guys have done, they never laid down, quit, cried or complained about anything. They just got to work in rebuilding this."
A lot of TS&M members are avid golfers, Pratt said, and the company has sought to support the Oilmen's golf tournament and the junior program.
TS&M started its investigation into the possibility of obtaining the naming rights for the course a few months ago.
"It was a fairly quick and easy decision on whether we were going to go ahead with this, it was just the mechanics of making it work," said TS&M general manager Doug Hunt.
Woodlawn general manager and head pro Brian Dueck said that when TS&M approached the golf club, it was clear that TS&M wanted it to be a "win-win" situation. The process of determining a dollar value wasn't difficult, either, and there wasn't much negotiating.
"We looked at Spectra Place, which is a year-round facility," said Dueck. "It was a million dollars they received. We're a half-year facility, basically a six-and-a-half-month facility for golf, so that's where the dollar value of half-a-million came in."
TS&M wanted to help the golf course, and Woodlawn wanted to ensure that TS&M got a maximum return for their investment.
The donation represents a significant boost for the golf course's coffers as they continue with the back nine rebuild.
"We have a $1.6 million project that we just finished seeding that we have to start paying for, so this helps us out a lot, and it keeps golf affordable in Estevan for years to come," said Dueck. "It's something that the community can be very proud of."
Woodlawn is also selling sponsorships for hole signs and benches. Hole signs are $25,000 each, to be paid at $5,000 a year for five years. The sponsors name will be attached for the next 25 years. Benches are $5,000, with a $1,000 a year commitment for five years.