Thursday, July 5, 2012

Getting ready for a tournament

  I spent the better part of last week and first of this week getting the gear in great cutting shape for our annual Danny Gallivan tournament. They gear is always in good cutting order but now is the time to pay special attention to detail and make sure your cuts are going to be there up to the event .
 As soon as I heard of the tournament I started double checking the cuts on the machines to make sure they where going to cut great up to that day .
   My flexes where getting close to a grind and bedknive replacement . The flexes where ground on Tuesday and I like getting a cut on the greens before the final set up on Thursday (tournament day). I find fresh off the grinder cuts well but the second time out cuts the best . The sand pro was down because of a starter issue and we where waiting for a new starter . The Super suggested to see if the starter of our Smithco would fit . Changing starters out of trap rakes can be a tedious job but the starter would fit so I changed it over to our toro . We like the toro for our small traps because it is a little narrower .Plus the loader was out of commission also waiting for a starter which I managed to finish off today . I front faced and backlapped all the tee/fairway/approach mowers that didn't need grinding . Everything left the shop cutting newsprint / all the rough units left the shop with fresh blades  . Course look great the day before the tournament . It's to bad it had to rain/shower today but as usually another great turn out .
   Leading up to the tournament day we cut everything everyday. Being after a long week end made it a little harder . It was my week-end to work and we managed to cut fairways/ approaches and green surrounds to help keep the clippings at bay + the usual week-end work  .  Made for hast on my part trying my best to keep everything sharp and running well .The staff even felt the need to step it up and it showed out on the course . Sprayers maned by the super and assistant where also on the move. Once in a while you may be asked to help out with the extra cutting  on the course . I was asked to mow fairways one day and approaches the next to help free up staff for other jobs .
  Spent alot of early mornings ( 2 hrs. before staff arrive ) so I can get at what ever needed work before they went out cutting . Overall everything went well .
                                                   Phew what a week .

The Gallivan CF Charity Golf Tournament

The BellAliant Danny Gallivan Golf Tournament was created by legendary hockey broadcaster Danny Gallivan, Red Storey and a group of Halifax businessmen to raise research funds for the fight against Cystic Fibrosis. Leaders in the business community continue to organize the event, which represents one of the longest-standing, and most successful fundraising events of its nature in Atlantic Canada. In 2011, the event raised a record breaking $67,000, bringing the current total raised for CF to almost 1,200,000. This year’s event will take place July 4th and 5th at the Old Ashburn Golf Course in Halifax.

Beyond the much needed funds raised in support of the fight against Cystic Fibrosis, the event provides an excellent networking opportunity for senior members of the local business community within the context of a fun and entertaining day on the links. The Gallivan draws significant representation from the senior business and medical community of Nova Scotia.

The Gallivan has been designed to accommodate a large field of players, with nearly 200 participants in this annually sold out event. The event includes a full array of activities including: an Opening Reception, Welcome Breakfast, and the Day of Golf… followed by an Awards Banquet/Dinner. Last year's field featured a well known group of celebrities including, Bob Cole, Liisa Savijari, Murray Wilson, Jeff Hutcheson, Elliotte Friedman, John Shannon, Andrew Gordon, James Sheppard, Cam Russell, Rick Bowness, Mike McPhee and Terry Baker. We are working hard to secure this year's line up.

Following the tournament all participants will help us to raise further funds for CF through the BMO Harris Private Banking Silent Auction. Many of these items are donated by our celebrities and the local business community and all funds raised through the tournament and the auction go directly to the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation .

This tournament could not happen without the support of our participants, celebrities, volunteers and sponsors and we thank you for your contribution to the fight against CF.

See you on the links,

2012 Organizing Committee

To help honor Rob & Jane Thompson, please visit our “Friends of Robbie & Jane” tab located above.

To make a donation to the Danny Gallivan CF Golf Tournament, please send cheque to: PO Box 38111, Dartmouth, NS B3B 1X2

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