evolution of The KCSS Golf Classic
2012 – A small group former teachers and alumni talked about holding tournament to raise some funds for the upkeep of the KCSS Alumni Case of Distinction. A committee was formed and the planning began.
2013 – The inaugural tournament was held at Nobleton Lakes Golf Club. 44 golfers participated and approximately $2000 was raised. The tournament was great fun for all participants in spite of wet & cool weather, and deemed such success plans for 2014 were started.
2014 – After a year of learning the planning committee expanded the scope of the tourney with a goal of raising awareness for the event, and some much needed funds to pay debts. Tourney was held at the wonderful ClubLink King's Riding Course with 84 players and over $5000 was raised. The generosity of the sponsors and prize donations was outstanding. A grand success.
2015 – The committee made some key decisions for the 2015 tourney – 1) move the date to June instead of the fall, 2) play on a Sunday afternoon, 3) partner with a local organization to share in the profits thus making a true charity tournament. The tournament moved to Station Creek Golf Club proving to be a wise move as the tourney was finding its legs. Over $7000 was raised for various charities including the Down Syndrome Association of York Region as our primary recipient.
2016 – Our greatest success to date with the most players participating and playing on a Friday afternoon again at Station Creek. Was the largest amount raised to date with 0ver $8500 raised for our Charity partners including the Down Syndrome Association of York Region and ongoing current KCSS student bursaries and assistance.
2017 – Friday, June 2, 2017 at Station Creek Golf Club. With generous financial support and great prize donations over $11,000 was raised. The funds were divided amongst the Down Syndrome Association of York Region, the Mike Mallory Memorial Student Scholarship and ongoing current KCSS student bursaries and assistance.
2018 – Friday, June 1, 2018 at Caledon Woods Golf Club. With generous financial support and superb prize donations over $9,500 was raised. The funds were donated to the Special Olympics Ontario, the KCSS Breakfast Assistance Program and ongoing current KCSS student bursaries and assistance.
2019 – Friday, May 31, 2019 at Caledon Woods Golf Club. The largest field ever participated with 118 alumni and friends teeing them up. With generous financial support and fabulous prize donations over $13,000 was raised. The net profits were donated to the Special Olympics Ontario, MS-Direct, and on-going KCSS student bursaries and assistance.
Summaries by Year
Many thanks to all tournament day volunteers who assist in the smooth running of the event. They include: Caroline Boccia, Lydia McClure, Jim McGugan, Pam Blackert, Les Smith, Ruth Patifio, Barb Ellison, and many others over the years.
Thank you to previous committee members Ed Sarjeantson and Catherine Long, as well to the dinner emcees, Peter Tetley, Kristina Cleary and Ivan Joseph.