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Tournament raises funds for family

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Participants in the Tower Wolves golf tournament on August 29 gather for a group picture before the tournament started. (Photo submitted)

A local family is going to benefit from a unique golf tournament that recently happened in Estevan.

The Estevan Tower Wolves over-30 and over-45 hockey teams hosted their first-ever charity late night golf tournament on August 29 at the Hidden Valley Golf Resort. The tournament, which had a Texas scramble format, attracted 108 golfers.

Players used golf balls that glowed in the dark. 

Tournament organizer Rob Peloquin said he played in a late night golf tournaments a long time ago, but it likely hasn't happened in Estevan in about 20 years. A lot of players hadn't been in such a tournament previously.

"I haven't had one complaint about it yet, and people had a lot of fun," said Peloquin.

The golf balls were battery-operated, with LED bulbs, Peloquin said.

"As soon as you would hit them, they would light up for eight to 10 minutes," said Peloquin.

The holes were cut to eight inches, which made it easier to putt, he said.

The first tee shots were hit just before sunset, and some golfers didn't finish until after 12:30 a.m. A lot of teams didn't turn in their scorecards, so the tournament champion wasn't announced. 

Funds that were raised will be directed to the medical needs of Natasha Styre-Huffman and her 2 1/2-year-old son, Presley. When he was three months old, Presley was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and when he was 20 months old, he was found to have leukemia.

"The winners are Natasha and Presley in the long run," said Peloquin.

Peloquin said he doesn't have final figures on how much money the tournament raised.

Thanks to the success of the tournament, Peloquin said it will become an annual event in Estevan.


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