By Carter Brooks
Photo courtesy of the Roblin Golf and Country Club
The pride of Roblin, Manitoba – Jayce Hawryluk and Josh Brook – put on a show this past weekend at their first annual local golf tournament.
The Jayce, Josh and Friends Celebrity Texas Scramble was held at Roblin Golf and Country Club on Saturday, August 10th, featuring 13 celebrity golfers. Local namesakes included Grandview’s Ryan Pulock (New York Islanders), Elkhorn’s Travis Sanheim (Philadelphia Flyers), Dauphin’s Colby Robak (Florida Panthers), Gilbert Plains’ Riese Gaber (University of North Dakota), a handful of Western Hockey League stars, along with both Brook (Montreal Canadiens) and Hawryluk (Florida Panthers), as well as retired NHL veteran Bob Fitchner (Quebec Nordiques).
“This year was the first running of the tournament here in Roblin,” Hawryluk told Game On Magazine. “We both grew up golfing on the course and just wanted to figure out a way to help give back to the community of Roblin. We knew that local minor hockey could use some help financially, as could the golf course. As nice of a course that it is, it could use some money, so we were glad to plan this out.”
Despite being one of the faces of the celebrity tournament, Hawryluk says the tournament planning committee – highlighted by Melvin Antosh, as well as both Terry Hawryluk and Dwayne Brook – deserve all the credit for organizing a “totally awesome” event.
Saturday’s tournament was highlighted by perfect weather, a celebrity auction (Pulock was taken for $2,000, while Hawryluk went for $1,600), over 120 golfers, significant prizes and memorabilia, hole sponsors and a large steak dinner to follow at the country club.
“The tournament sold out fairly quickly, as did the dinner afterwards,” the Roblin product said. “The whole day turned out to be super fun. We had a ton of people donate and sponsor, and without them it wouldn’t have been able to happen. There was a ton of local support from within and outside our community, so that was great to see. And most importantly, we ended up raising over $40,000; it was a really special weekend for the community.”
The proceeds will be split between Roblin Minor Sports and the Roblin Golf and Country Club. With a $100 buy-in, and a $25 per-person dinner, the majority of funds raised came from the celebrity auction and raffle prizes.
“We actually had a few other personalities lined up who were unable to attend this year,” Hawryluk said. “With it being a bit later in the year and with training camps starting up a few other guys couldn’t make it. But we have taken notes to make it earlier in the season in the coming years.”
Following a full day of team Texas Scramble play, Hawryluk’s team finished with the tournament lead. However, Gaber’s team (consisting of his family) shot an eagle on the final hole, matching Hawryluk at 13-under. It ended up taking two playoff holes to find a winner, with Hawryluk and Co. coming out on top.
“To think it took two playoff holes to find a winner, you couldn’t ask for anything better,” Hawryluk added. “It was incredibly fun for everyone there, coming right down to the end; it turned out really well. It was extra special for me winning it with my team, so it was a great first running. We’re going to do it even bigger and better next year.”