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JOHN HERBERT, FREE PRESS GOLF REPORTER

, Last Updated: 8:11 AM ET

London golfers raised $562,000 at Sunningdale Golf and Country Club this week for the Mike Weir Miracle Golf Drive For Kids.

Now it's Canada's turn.

The National Golf Course Owners Association is looking for donations from parents who bring their under-16 children to 560 courses for a free round during the seventh annual Take A Kid To The Course Week, July 2-8.

"We're hoping people who play free golf will drop a loonie or toonie in the donation boxes," said Neil Kapp, vice-president of the national association. ". . . great potential to raise some money."

When Weir and the Children's Miracle Network of 14 hospitals across Canada teamed up to raise funds, part of the arrangement was the tournament at Sunningdale. At the same time, the golf course owners hopped on board. The Mike Weir Foundation also is accepting donations through their website.

All money raised at Sunningdale went to the Children's Health Foundation in London. The money raised next week will go to hospitals across Canada.

Kapp said the money donated at 120 courses in Southwestern Ontario will be turned over to the Children's Health Foundation in London and McMaster Children's Hospital in Hamilton.

WEIR TOURNAMENT

London has produced not only some of the country's best players, but some of the most generous. Over the past 12 months, three tournaments aimed at helping build the new Children's Hospital of Western Ontario have raised more than $1 million. Last summer's Children's Golf Classic, organized by Vito Finucci, raised $180,000. The CN Canadian Women's Open at London Hunt produced $413,000 and the Weir tournament generated $562,000.

FROM THE FRINGE

Two-time Ontario Amateur champion Andrew Parr, a graduate of Texas A&M where he earned all-American status, has received good news. Through U.S. connections and his sponsorship group at Redtail Golf Course, Parr has received an exemption to play in the PGA Tour's John Deere Classic in the Chicago area July 12-15. The Royal Canadian Golf Association also awarded him a spot in the Canadian Open July 26-29 at Angus Glen in Toronto . . . John Webster, who helped organize the London Hunt 36-hole men's tournament, was remembered at this week's tournament. Webster, winner of the 2004 Ontario Mid Amateur, lost his battle with cancer last fall weeks after winning a top U.S. team event at Oak Hill in Rochester. "He went out a winner," said Tim McCullough, said co-chairperson of the Hunt tourney. Mikhial Pasic of London had a hole-in-one at the tournament on the par-three 13th . . . The Tyson Tour for juniors begins its 39th year at Tillsonburg on Wednesday. Tournament convener Andy Shaw, the pro at River Road, said a record 520 players are registered for the 15 events ending Aug. 20.

SCOREBOARD

Alan McLean of RiverBend shot a 73 and won $575 for his fifth-place finish this week in the Great Lakes Tour stop at Royal Niagara. Joe Rinker of Dorchester on the Thames shot 74 and won $343.

ACES IN DEUCES

Peter Hoffman, who organizes the Royal LePage company/guest tournament, said the first 11 years they never had a hole-in-one. This year at Pine Knot there were two, including one on a par-4. Peter Hiller of Stratford aced the fifth while Brian Worrad of London holed his shot on the dogleg par-4 17th. Hoffman said instead of buying drinks for everyone, Hiller and Worrad said they would each donate $200 to Women's Community House.


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