Hockey families linked up

With Happy Gilmore-like skill and finesse, many local hockey players took to the links last Friday.

The ‘family fun and fundraising’ event was hosted by the Cayman Islands Youth Roller Hockey Club at Britannia.

In total, the tournament attracted 30 families (teams) including 60 children, many of whom play in the CI Youth Roller Hockey League at King’s Sports Centre.

Hockey player, parent and coach Dave Champoux first had the idea as a way to raise money for the club. Champoux, also an avid golfer, said: ‘We were looking for a novel way to bring many hockey families together for a fun evening as well as raise awareness about youth hockey in the Cayman Islands.

‘The tournament was a huge success as many families got to know each other a little better outside of the usual excitement at their children’s hockey games.’

The golf tournament was a simple, fun three-ball scramble format which appealed to most players, some of whom actually used hockey sticks to make their shots.

‘In addition to the unconventional equipment, some players wore their favourite hockey jerseys and imitated the famous movie character Happy Gilmore (a washed up hockey player turned professional golfer).

Teams played six holes in addition to longest drive and team putting competitions. The event was followed by dinner and prize-giving, featuring the always entertaining Master of Ceremonies Andrew Bacon, who volunteered his time and sound equipment for the event.

Champoux organised the event with a great deal of support and assistance from Britannia Golf Professional Dave Johnson, in addition to several volunteers with children in the hockey programme including hockey parents Sharon Galloway, Nigel Windsor, Robert Cummings, Christine Maltman and Nicola Agemian.

Following the tournament Agemian said: ‘This was one of the best family fun events I have ever attended and it is quite ironic that the sport of youth roller hockey brought us together to play golf. This definitely has the markings of an annual event, only if golf pro Dave Johnson is willing to host 60 children and their parents again.’

The CI Youth Roller Hockey Club were really appreciative of the many generous sponsors. They were: gold sponsor, the Walker family – David, Kelly, Finn and Kai. Silver sponsors were the Galloway family – Andrew, Sharon, Cameron, Libby, Natalie and Teegan and Bateman and Co – Ryan Bateman and Fidelity Bank – Brett Hill.

The Bronze sponsors were Cayman Contemporary Construction – Robert Cummings, Game Shack -Stephen Wilkins, Eats Café – Siobhan Ribbins, Coastal Realty – Dominique and Debbie Baraud, Kirk Freeport – Lucie Whewell, the Kinch family – Des, Kathy, Harry and Ann, the Lewis family – John, Nancy, Jack and Scott, the Rowell family – Lana, Gordon, Madeleine and Matthew, the Black family – Julian, Glenna, Ben and Amelia, the Champoux family – David, Pam, Gianna and Daniel, the Agemian family – Patrick, Nicola, Lauren and Alex, the Klein family – Norm, Christine, Tynan and Katie.

There were also prizes for team putting and best Happy Gilmore impersonation. Families putted using golf putters, hockey stick and pool cues!

David Walker got an honourable mention for his golf course billiard skills when he sunk a putt from 15 feet with a pool cue. Tynan Klein won the Happy Gilmore contest by using a hockey slap-shot-style golf swing on every drive.

The CI Youth Roller Hockey Club is a non-profit group comprised of volunteers, mostly parents who have children in the youth hockey league.

Funds raised by the club, including the proceeds of the golf tournament will be earmarked for coach and player development programs, such as visiting coaches, training equipment and other skills oriented materials.

For more information contact David Champoux at [email protected] or Christine Maltman at [email protected].