Thirty-five years ago, the Boston Bruins took off their skates and came over to Highland Country Club to play golf and help raise funds for the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
The Bruins stopped coming to London for training camp years ago but the tournament is as strong as ever.
Last week's tournament raised $40,000 -- the largest amount ever -- to push the 35-year total to well over $800,000.
"Who would have thought it would still be going 35 years later,'' said Chris Townsend, who has been involved for 11 years and is a former chairperson. "I don't think there are many older ones than this one.''
The tournament began in September 1970 at a time when the Bruins -- with superstars Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito -- were holding training camp at the London Gardens. A group of London dentists organized the tournament, choosing cystic fibrosis as the charity because one of their own, dentist Frank Mader, had a child with the disease. The first tourney provided fun for golfers rubbing shoulders with the Stanley Cup champs -- but just $3,000.
London radio personality Bill Brady has served as master of ceremonies at all but one tournament.
"Why do I go? Because the meal's good . . . and it's free,'' he joked. "Actually, I go because its unacceptable little kids die from this disease. In the years I've been involved, the gene has been identified by Canadian scientists and treatment has improved so these youngsters, doomed not to live into their teens, many are living to be young adults.''
Brad Adams, named co-captain of Western's football team, is the son of Sunningdale general manager John Adams.
Jason Wyatt shot 71 to win Wednesday's Southwestern Ontario Mini Tour stop at Ingersoll Golf and Country Club. He won by a stroke over Dave Schweyer of Thames Valley. Heading into the final tour event Sept. 19 at Echo Valley, Ingersoll's Jerry Anderson holds a 2 1/2 -point lead over Schweyer in the season standings. Anderson and Schweyer finished 1-2 last year. . . . Joe Rinker of London shot 74 and won $115 in the 12th event on the Great Lakes Tour this week at Horseshoe Highlands. Rick Price of Oshawa shot 68 to win the tournament. Rinker is 10th on the Great Lakes money list with $7,191. Garett Jenkinson of RiverBend and Mike Woodcock of Chatham are tied for 32nd with $2,990. Rob Douglas of Stratford is 35th with $1,775. . . . Jen Lavis of Ingersoll shot 78-83 to finish tied for 11th in the Canadian women's mid-amateur this week in Belleville. Mary Ann Lapointe won the title for the fifth straight year.
Mike Earhart shot 78-72--150 to win the River Road club championship. Neil McMillan won the senior title with 81-82 --163. Jake Shaw won the super seniors with 89-83--172 . . . Sunningdale's senior women's champ is Sue Postian . . . Dan McMillan shot a 144 over 36 holes to win the West Haven senior title while Mike Mescia's 157 gave him the junior club title. Becky Ostrom won the senior women's title with 171 over 36 holes . . . Hickory Ridge club champs are Chris White (men), Josh Ryan (senior men), Cathy Kozman (women), Jean Belling (senior women) and Greg Corbiere (junior).