July 17, 2015 – The Rotary Club of Belleville hosts the 13th Annual Rotary Loves Kids Golf Tournament
So here I am again, back at a golf course. Well actually TWO golf courses – Black Bear Ridge and Trillium Wood – both located on gracefully rolling ex-pastureland a few kilometers north of Belleville, Ontario, Canada.
For my followers, you know that golf is not my game. For those of you just tuning in, you need to know I’d rather have a root canal, babysit 4 children all younger than 4 years old, or watch the grass grow for a few hours than to step onto a golf course.
So two golf courses in one day is nothing short of a miracle. Golf totally disinterests me – I didn’t golf on Friday – and I never intend to golf. I’m not a masochist yet there I was on my second golf course of the season. Why? Because as a member of the Rotary Club I actually volunteered to photograph the event. Rotary’s primary motto is SERVICE ABOVE SELF. What’s a few hours of my time compared to the privilege of being a small part in this very big fundraising event that has raised more than $1,000,000 (that’s right – One Million Dollars!) since inception 12 years ago. Notable project recipients are:
- Camp Merrywood Easter Seals Camp near Perth, helping kids with physical disabilities succeed
- Quinte Children’s Foundation, whose vision is to improve the quality of life for local children who are at risk
- QHC/Belleville General Hospital to help fund special diagnostic equipment for children
At Black Bear, the cart I had requested didn’t materialize and one of the organizers (a golf fanatic) suggested that since “Holes 1, 9, and 18 are close to the Club House” I could just sit at one of them or meander between the three locations.
SIT at one of them? Did he actually mean assume an essentially static position for several hours?… while waiting for the next group of four guys to roll up?… and then watch them try to hit a tiny white ball into a hole? Obviously he hasn’t read my CV – I didn’t graduate from university, fly as a Canadian Airline Transport Pilot for 10 years, live in Central America with the Indigenous Maya for three years, work as a SCUBA Dive Master, and travel through 45 countries by sitting or waiting. Two of my very close relatives have died young – and unexpectedly- so I’ve learned the hard way, that time waits for no one.
I decided to give his suggestion a shot but made a quick pit stop at my car for Jimmy Buffet’s memoir, A Pirate Looks at 50. I trudged to Hole 9 where I encountered another Rotarian from our club reclining in a lawn chair shaded by graceful maple tree. We reminisced about our past dogs (my Golden Retriever/Husky and his English Short Hair Pointer) and shared stories about our current dogs (my Catahoula/Husky and his Rhodesian Ridgeback) while he swatted squadrons of mosquitoes, undeterred by his frequent reapplication of repellent (in typical fashion, those female mosquitoes went for the guy, mostly ignoring me).
35 minutes after tee-off, I’d photographed only three of the THIRTY-three groups of four golfers. I knew I had to take action. I needed to get a golf cart or start walking. It was already 1:40 and I had promised to photograph these golfers at Black Bear Ridge – then more golfers at Trillium Wood – and then to arrive no later than 4:15 at Belleville’s YMCA to photo the QCF Kids Pizza Party.
As I crested the hill near the Black Bear Ridge Clubhouse, luck in the form of “Charlie with way cool golf shoes”, the Tournament Monitor, scooted toward me. “Need a ride?” Well I sure didn’t want to trouble him but his chariot and his conversation were just what I needed. As an added bonus he showed me where a White-Tailed Doe & her fawn and four Red Fox kits hang out.
Enjoy the results!