The tournament is a four-person scramble. In each team, all four players hit off the tee. The team then picks which ball to use for the next shot. The result is a focus on fun more than competition. As Bob says, “You don’t need to be a good golfer to enjoy a scramble, and on a par-3, anything is possible. With a bit of luck, even a mediocre golfer can do well.”
In mid-June, playing the course at the Hillsborough Golf Club is a treat. The scenery is beautiful. While golfing the course in past years, Bob has seen deer, foxes (including a mother and her young) and a golden eagle. Also, the course is challenging with many shots that need to be hit over water. This isn’t like many golf courses: At Hillsborough, when your ball is hit poorly, it can end up in the woods. The hilly 18-hole course is surrounded by natural forests. There is even a covered bridge on the grounds.
The four-person teams can be corporate teams, groups of friends or even ad hoc teams. If you want to golf but don’t have a team, call the Hillsborough Golf Club. They will try to form teams with all the individuals and couples who want to play. Last year, 16 teams participated in the tournament.
All players, regardless of their skill levels, have a chance to win prizes, including lobster, a Stihl trimmer, gift certificates and more. Many prizes are given for performance but there are also raffles, where only luck is involved.
“A lot of people will walk away with something,” says Bob.
Beyond the prizes and the sense of well-being that comes from spending a day outside with friends, the players leave knowing they have contributed to our community. The BACH Foundation contributes to rural Albert County in many wonderful ways. In addition to providing invaluable support to the Albert County Health and Wellness Centre in Riverside-Albert and the Hillsborough Satellite office, BACH also supports a great number of progressive community initiatives including Tele-Drive, Sistema Hillsborough, the Imagination Library, Spin bikes in schools and Connecting Albert County. You can read more about these programs at www.ConnectingAlbertCounty.org. Search for “BACH” and you’ll see links to many stories.
If you would like to be a tournament sponsor, contact Bob Rochon, Tournament Committee Member & Director of the BACH Foundation at 734-3491.
Individuals or teams of four can now register as well. For members of the Hillsborough Golf Club, the cost is $20/person or $50 for non-members. (Add $15pp plus tax for a Power Cart if required.)