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Summit School students to get the ‘Royal’ treatment at upcoming golf tournament

Summit School students to get the ‘Royal’ treatment at upcoming golf tournament
Montreal - Monday, May 17, 2021

Summit TECC students will be hand-crafting 250 leather golf ball holders for the tournament. From left: Josh Cunningham, Shaabose Bailey, Jeremy Reid and Alessio Igloo. Photo: Summit School Media Program

By Jordan Stoopler

After a year away from the links due to the coronavirus pandemic, Summit School’s Golf Tournament is set to return for the ninth time this fall, with some exciting changes in store.

For one, the tournament will be held at the prestigious Royal Montreal Golf Club in Île Bizard, the future site of the Presidents Cup professional golf competition.

“The golfers are excited that it’s going to be at the Royal,” said Stu Guttman, Summit School’s director of Development & Major Gifts.

“There’s a lot of good will and people are excited to get out again,” added Robert Collette, one of the event chairs and parent of a Summit graduate. “Golf is one of the only activities that you can actually do in a safe way, with COVID protocols in place.”

The tournament, typically held in late May to launch the golf season, will shift to an end-of-season affair on October 6. The move will work to Summit’s benefit, most notably in allowing even more student involvement.

“It’s more than just a nice day on the greens,” said Herman Erdogmus, director general of Summit School. “It’s about making a difference, showcasing what our students are capable of doing while building connections within our community.”

Each golfer will receive a unique token of appreciation. Over 250 leather golf ball holders will be made by Summit’s Transitional Education and Career Center students. TECC is a semi-vocational work training program for students 16 to 21 that offers on-site learning opportunities ranging from floral services, a bistro, a print shop, and leatherwork studio. Made in TECC’s leatherwork studio, the golf ball holders will feature the Summit logo and can easily be fastened to the golfer’s belt.

“The beautiful leather-bound pieces are something they can keep in their golf bags and serve as a great conversation starter on the greens,” said Josh Cunningham, vice-principal at TECC Campus. “It’s a true testament to the students who want to say thank you to the golfers for doing what they can to ‘Awaken their Potential.’”

Summit students of all ages will also be joining in on the fun. They will participate in a “game-on” clinic with golf professionals at Royal’s putting greens throughout the day.

“At the end of the day, the winners are the students,” said Erdogmus.

Proceeds from the tournament will benefit Summit’s expansion project of its main campus in Saint-Laurent.

Interested foursomes are invited to visit summitgolf.ca to register. Sponsorship opportunities also are available, with donations always welcome. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit Summit’s expansion project of its main campus in Saint-Laurent.