Golf tournament to honour popular city worker
Organizer hopes Mike Mitchell Memorial Classic to become annual event
Saturday, Aug 02, 2014 06:00 am
Saturday, Sept. 20
Edmonton Springs Golf Resort
53302 Range Road 264 #9 at Spruce Grove
Check-in is at 11 a.m. with the shotgun start at noon
Post-game cocktails take place at 5 p.m. and the dinner follows at 6 p.m.
For more information, contact Rob Skelton at 780-885-0733 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.birdeasepro.com/MMMClassic for more details.
Mike Mitchell was only 56 when he died of a heart attack early last month. The St. Albert man was a well-known and well-respected member of the Eagles Club and the City of St. Albert’s public works team, an active volunteer who loved life, sports and the great outdoors. Above all, he loved his family and friends, and they loved him too.
One of those is organizing a new golf event in Mitchell’s memory as a way of drawing the community together to celebrate one of his favourite pastimes while bringing in financial support for an important charity: the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Rob Skelton was a family friend and a former co-worker of Mitchell’s.
“He was a great gentleman! One of the nicest men I’ve ever met,” Skelton said.
“Like everybody else, I was pretty devastated about it,” he said of Mitchell’s death. “It came as a shock. It was very sudden. Unexpected.”
The two had golfed on a number of occasions and Skelton decided that pulling together a fall tournament in his name was just the right thing to do.
“I decided that it was something that I wanted to do for the memory of Mike and for the Mitchell family. I golfed with Mike a lot of years, golfed with his sons and Mike’s dad, Larry. I knew Mike had a big passion for golf so I thought it would be fitting to have a memorial tournament for him.”
Mitchell, he continued, was a pretty decent player and a good match for his own skills.
“He was a good golfer,” he said. “I probably beat him a few times; he’s probably whooped me a few times. We never really kept track over the long term for who was winning and who was losing.”
Skelton is working to sign up 144 players for a full Texas scramble tournament. Almost half the spots were taken at last count. Skelton said he is otherwise happy to have however many people come out to remember Mitchell and support the cause.
“The more, the better,” he said.
Conservatively speaking, he added that raising $3,000 to $4,000 is realistic. Donations will also be collected on the day of the event.
Details, including prize possibilities, are still in the works. Skelton is still hopeful that people or businesses will come forward to offer support in the way of being the beer hole, tee box or green sponsors.
He is hopeful to continue to grow the memorial classic in the years to come.