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Wednesday, September 13, 2023

West Haven Golf & Country Club, 7038 Egremont Drive, London

16th Annual Oakridge Optimist Club Charity Golf Tournament

in support of Ronald McDonald House Southwestern Ontario

Registration 11:00 am, Putting Contest 11:00 am to 12:15 pm, shotgun start at 12:30 pm.

$640 per foursome includes golf, cart, use of practice range, sit down chicken and beef dinner, free golf contests, silent auction and raffle.  Ronald McDonald House Southwestern Ontario (London) will be the primary recipient of the net proceeds from the tournament.

Contact Optimist Bill at (519) 318-0143 or by email at

Pay by etransfer to

Contact Optimist Rick to sponsor a hole at

Contact Optimist Mike to donate to our raffle or auction at

Sponsors and Donors

We thank all of the generous sponsors and those who made donations to our auction, raffle and prize boards.  

We encourage you to mention this when you see them next.

Golf Cart Sponsor - Spriet Family Companies 

Meal Sponsor - Oxford Dodge

Breakfast Sponsor - McDonalds

Hole Sponsors - Oxford Dodge, Byron Pizza, Chapman Real Estate, Melchers Construction, Domino's Pizza, Downs Law, Ford Keast Chartered Proffessional Accountants, Fisher Design & Drafting Services, Adams Law, Optimist Mike & Meg Miletich, Peter Inch & Associates Heating & Air Conditioning, Nothers The Award Store, A&M Truck Parts Ltd, jpw Systems.

Contest Sponsors - Oakridge Optimist Soccer Club, Downs Law, Boston Pizza, Adams Law, Kelsey's Fanshawe, Montana's, Steam Whistle Brewery, Southwest-Oakridge Soccer

Auction and Raffle Donors - JAS Shoes, Steam Whistle Brewery, Western University Sports and Recreation Services, LifeStyles, Belmont Golf Club, Dorchester Golf and Country Club, The Willows Golf Course, Hickory Ridge Golf and Country Club, Kali Mind Body Services, Lisa Chiborak, Jennifer Jacqueline, Modo Yoga, For the Look Hair Salon and Spa, Laurie and David Hart, Poppies and Peonies, Culligan Water, Brian Bohnert, Adams Law, Montana's, Sharon's of Hyde Park, River London Laser, Valley Golf and Tube Slide, Island Honey Wine Company, City of London Recreation, Quilting Cousins Canada, London Laser, Great Lakes Farms, Bitter Herb Health Food, Natural Paws Pantry, Curtis Marcaccio, McCormack Canada, and several friends and members of our Optimist Club.

Registration Donors - Dan Twist Sutton Realty Agent

Past Golf Tournaments


Registration of a record 152 golfers began at 7:30 am with coffee and breakfast sandwiches sponsored by McDonalds.  We were off to our carts at 8:45 and the first drives of the day begain at 9:00 am.  We had perfect weather for the day and the groups began returning to the clubhouse shortly after 2:00 pm.  Dinner and presentations followed.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Hole and Contest Sponsors:  Chapman Real Estate Team, Byron Pizza, Oxford Dodge, Melchers ConstructionCrossings Eatery and PubDowns Law, jpw systems inc.Adams Law, Ford Keast Chartered Professional Accountants, Ivest Equity,  Fisher Design & Drafting Services and Early Riser Café.

Breakfast Sponsor:  McDonalds

Dinner Sponsor:  Spriet Family Companies

Lunch Sponsor:  Odland & Blair Real Estate Group

Prize and Other Donors:  FireRock Golf Club, Optimist Steve Barry, Indian Hills Golf Course, London Laser, Odland and Blair Real Estate, Boston Pizza, Crossings Eatery and Pub, Steam Whistle Brewery, Keyline Industrial Ltd., Muskoka Brewery, Culligan Water, Molson's, Paula V. Adams Law, Kelsey's Fanshawe Park Road, Montana's, Domino's Pizza, City of London, Optimist Bill Adams, Optimist Stephen Lehman (In Fashion, JAS Shoes, Life Style).  

Contest Winners - Low Men's Score - Frank DeCicco, David Brown, John Scott and Steve Brodie took the honour with a 56 over another team with the same score.  Matthew DeCicco, Jack Shelley, Kyle Robinson and Jacob Morgan had the same score but lost out by a hair when retrogression was factored in.  Low Women's Score - Mary Anne Gillespie, Malea Levesque, Janine Easton and Dana Riley posted the low score of 72.  Low Mixed Score - Janet Johnson, Bruce Johnson, Balset and Leitch with a 66.  Men's Longest Drive - Jay Lange, Women's Longest Drive - Heather Gillespie, Men's Closest to the Pin - Roger Belling, Women's Closest to the Pin - No winner, Closest to the Keg - Erv Abdulov.

Fundraising during the day, an online auction and sponsorship allowed us to bring in just over $10,000.00 and we donated that right back to Ronald McDonald House Southwestern Ontario.


We were unable to hold our event this year due to COVID restrictions.  We reached out to our past golfers, sponsors and club members and sought donations to Ronald McDonald House Southwestern Ontario.  We raised about $3500.00 from these donations and the club topped up the amount to a total donation of $10,000.00


A record 133 golfers registered and played in our 12th annual event at FireRock Golf Course near Komoka on Sunday, September 15th.  We raised enough funds to present Heather Hoare from Ronald McDonald House with a cheque for $10,000.00.  These funds allow them to operate one room over the course of 3 years and this is the sixth year that we have made this donation.  We had good weather, good food and good times.  The golf contest winners are below.  Thank you to all of our golfers, sponsors, donors, volunteers and the great staff at FireRock for making this such a wonderful and successful event.

Photo - Optimist President Mike Blencowe and Tournament Chair Rick Gillespie present a cheque to Heather Hoare from RMH.

Photo - Joel Dunkley at the turn with Optimists Norm Smith, Randy Brewe and Bill Adams.

Photo - Optimist spouses Mary Anne Gillespie, Malea Levesque and Dana Riley with Janine Easton getting grounded.

Photo - Bill Styles with Optimists Jim Easton, Jay Minielly and Kevin Levesque

Photo - Optimist members donated 21 bottles of wine to be auctioned after dinner.

Winning Men's Team - Chris Newcombe, Brett Horst, Justin Scapinello and Evan Cranshaw with a score of -15.  Winning Mixed Team - Doug Steinburg, Harold Taylor, Karen Sutton and Derek Sutton with a score of -5.  Winning Women's Team - Janine Easton, Malea Levesque, Mary Anne Gillespie and Dana Riley with a score of +5.  Closest to the Keg Matt Heisz, Men's Longest Drive Shane Riley, Women's Longest Drive Heather Gillespie, Men's Closest to the Pin

Peter Boyle, Women's Closest to the Pin Tina Da Silva, Mystery Hole (Highest Score on the Designated Hole) Rick Gillespie, Paul Dodgson, Heather Gillespie and Krissy Belanger on #10 with a score of 6, Putting Contest First Liam McLean, Second Gary Masters, Third Anne Dennerley and lastly the person who got to put his name on the t-shirt, Riley McLean.


The tournament was held at FireRock Golf Club on Sunday, September 16th and was a big success with 32 teams registered and a host of sponsors, donors and volunteers to make the day complete.  We raised enough money to give $10,000.00 to Ronald McDonald House Southwestern Ontarion and have just a little left over to support the many other programs that benefit youth in our community.  Pictured in this photo are Taylor Longfield from RMH, Optimist President Rick Gillespie and Optimist Golf Chair Ramona Fudge.  Here is a bit of what Taylor had to say.  "Just wanted to take a minute to pass along our gratitude.  Oakridge Optimists has been a HUGE support to the House and families with sick children.  This year marks the sixth year that the Annual Golf Tournament has donated to the House – that’s a grand total of $60,000 – WOW!  Because of you we’re able to help give families more time together, a gift that is priceless.  Thank you for your continuous support, from dinners at the House – I know the baked chicken was a hit last night – the golf tournament proceeds, other donations and giving, etc. you are truly one of our Champions."

Hole and Contest Sponsors:  Chapman Real Estate Team, Byron Pizza, Joe Kool's, Oxford Dodge, Melchers ConstructionCrossings Eatery and Pub, Scott Galpin and Stewart MacDonnell Real Mortgage Associates, Downs Law, jpw systems inc.R.J. Lyons Real Estate Appraisal Services, Western IT Group, Paula V. Adams Law, Real Canadian Superstore, Ford Keast Chartered Professional Accountants, 3 D&M Contracting, Ivest EquityOakridge Optimist Soccer Club,  Breakfast Sponsor:  McDonalds  Dinner Sponsor:  Spriet Family Companies. Prize and Other Donors:  FireRock Golf Club, Tim Horton's, Boston Pizza, Crossings Eatery and Pub, Steam Whistle Brewery, Keyline Industrial Ltd., Muskoka Brewery, Caradoc Sands Golf Course, Culligan Water, Molson's, Paula V. Adams Law, Kelsey's Fanshawe Park Road, Team Works, Montana's, Double Tree by Hilton, Bennett Truck Rental, Domino's Pizza, Farley-Brodie Associates Inc., City of London, Jenny and Optimist Drew Hauser, Optimist Bill Adams, Dad Club London, Kate Brown, Picard's Peanuts, Chatter's Hair Beauty Salon Masonville, Stephen Lehman (In Fashion, JAS Shoes, Life Style), Beer Town, Westown Shoe Clinic, Western IT Group, 3M Canada, Western Auto Service and London Hydro.