Mike Weir fundraiser for children’s health care to make its Alberta debut

Mike Weir will be at the Edmonton Country Club on Sept. 14 and 15 for the Mike Weir Miracle Golf Drive for Kids in support of children’s health care across Canada and to raise awareness and money for the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Funds generated at the Country Club will support the Stollery Children’s Hospital expansion of its operating rooms from five to 10 over the next three years.

A tournament started by the Mike Weir Foundation, which is a partner of the Children’s Miracle Network, the annual event has raised over $4.3 million since the first tournament was held in 2007 at London, Ont. Knowing Edmonton’s golfing community, it seems a cinch that this fall’s event will put that figure over $5 million.

“It’s quite an honour to have him,” said the Country Club’s new general manager, Alan Carter. “This is the eighth tournament he has held; the first in Alberta.”

The two-day event starts with a junior tournament and celebration with Mike Weir on Sept. 14. On Sept. 15, Weir, the 2003 Masters winner, will put on a clinic for “kids young and old,” host an invitational golf tournament and end the event with “The Bash” — a celebratory dinner open to the public, said Stacey Johnson, project manager for the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation.

By Curtis Stock, Edmonton Journal