The Winnipeg Humane Society’s second annual In the Ruff golf tournament is officially sold out.
This year’s shotgun-best ball tournament will be held Aug. 22 at Breezy Bend Country Club and will include lunch, the tournament, dog agility demonstrations, dinner, and silent and live auctions for the 144 golfers who have signed up.
"Last we year we raised $57,000," said Christine Boult, director of development at the WHS. "Our budget this year is $72,000, and we’re actually sold out."
Boult said they are looking forward to a great event, but organizers are watching the skies.
"Right now, the only thing holding us back is the weather," said Boult. "The forecast is 26 degrees and thunderstorms."
Boult said there is no rain date, but they’re hoping for the best.
A lot goes into organizing the event, said Boult. At first they weren’t sure how to even organize a golf tournament.
"We had to learn from the seat of our pants and ask a lot of advice," said Boult. "We asked golfers what they like, what they didn’t like, what works and what doesn’t."
The tournament also features some hole-in-one prizes.
"We have Autotown Kia who is giving a car, Rond’s Marine giving a boat, and Wayfarer Insurance giving a $10,000 cash prize," said Boult. "(That’s for those) who get hole-in-ones on par threes."
As a result of their research, the WHS put on a successful tournament in 2012, making it obvious to hold another one this year.
"The whole tournament is sponsored by Scotiabank," said Boult. "We are very, very fortunate to have the support of the community with sponsoring various components of the tournament as well as our whole (tournament) sponsors."
For those missing out this year, don’t fret. The 2014 tournament is scheduled for Aug. 21 next year and registrations are open. Visit winnipeghumanesociety.ca for more details.