Whether friend or foe, Budds’ Jaguar Land Rover Feast of the Fairways Charity Classic is a fun festival few will ever forget and for good reason.
It’s also an opportunity to continue the fight against cancer. So, while everyone once again enjoyed a brilliant day of playing golf and enjoying the best food stations in town on the golf course surrounded by some of the coolest cars you’ll ever find and a fantastic five-course meal prepared by Glen Abbey Executive Chef, Kevin Wilson and this time, the message was simple, “Cancer can be beaten.”
“For the last 11 years we have gathered at Glen Abbey to remember those who we love who lost their battle to cancer or are fighting for their lives and to raise important funds for the Halton Chapter of the Canadian Cancer Society,” says Terry Budd, owner of Budds’ Imported Cars. “Through the continuing generosity of our sponsors and guests, we have raised more than a quarter of a million dollars to fight cancer right here in our community and when it comes to national research. As a family, we firmly believe cancer will be beaten. We’re winning the battle one step at a time.”
The Budd family started the event to remember Terry’s father, Stuart, the co-founder of Budd Automotive Group, after he died from cancer. Terry points out that several sponsors including; the five on-course restaurants, Scotiabank and Jaguar Land Rover Canada have been with the tournament since its inception as have about 30 to 40 of the golfers, and there are always newcomers to the party.
“It’s a great course. We always have great weather. I always seem to play well here. There’s great food on the course. Dinner at the clubhouse overlooking No. 18 is great. The band is great and it’s all for a great cause,” says Allan Dick.
“I have been coming to this event for four years, maybe more and it’s always been first class,” says Andy Seretis. “It’s an absolutely beautiful golf course. I think I won closest to the pin on No. 12. I stuck it to five-feet from the pin. It’s too bad it didn’t roll in because I would have won one of those beautiful Jaguars or Land Rovers that were hole-in-one prizes on all the par-3s. I also came close on No. 15 as well, so it was pretty exciting out there.”
“I’m blessed to be here,” said Mark Rags, who was returning for his second Feast of the Fairways. “The food stations out on the golf course are out of this world. We’re not just talking an egg salad sandwich or a hot dog. The restaurants out there were cooking up mini feasts. You can’t do it any better than what we ate.”
On No. 3, golfers teed it up with sushi from Mye Japanese Restaurant, on No. 7 they were treated to mini chicken burgers on a bun from brü Restaurant, on No. 11 Jonathan’s charcoal BBQ’d beef sliders and homemade BBQ chips, on No. 13 The Mermaid and the Oyster served up 500-plus fresh oysters – and on No. 17, Eighteen Restaurant at Glen Abbey carefully prepared scrumptious pulled pork tacos.
“Where else can you hang out with your friends for four or five hours and enjoy life with great food and awesome cars. “You can’t do that in this day and age, so to be able to laugh with friends, get in a few jabs and have fun, while support the Canadian Cancer Society is pretty awesome,” says Mark Rags. “I play Glen Abbey twice a year and you can’t beat this place. You really have to play it a few times to understand what the Abbey is all about. It also looks like I came second closest to one of the closest to the pin contests. I was about four feet away. Imagine driving home in a brand-new Land Rover.”
After the round, golfers and their spouses gathered on the clubhouse deck overlooking No. 18 for silent and live auctions, dancing to live music and the five-course feast that included: Amuse – PEI Oyster Tempura with a Cucumber Herb Zest Salad with Chili and Lime Dressing Sea Asparagus; 1st Tee – Brined and Smoked Cinnamon Duck Breast with Red Cabbage, Wild Cherry Compote, Radish Shoots on a Cedar Board; 2nd Tee – Caprese Heirloom Tomato, Radicchio, Buffalo Cheese, Candy Radish, Avocado Vinaigrette and Balsamic Dressing; Third Tee – Dijon & Herb Crusted Ontario Lam Rack with a Garden Pea Risotto Cake, Fresh Buttered Asparagus, Rappini and Mint Sauce; Scorecard – Maple Crème Brule with Spiced Pecan Fudge and a Chocolate Dipped Strawberry.
At the end of the day, the team of Allen Baker, Byron Loeppky, Taylor Irving and Jean Martin recorded the low score with a team total of 150, while second place went to the foursome of Jacob Solman, Doug Sutton, Don Loughline and Mike Leonard at 161.
“It’s my fifth time playing and the third year we have finished second,” Sutton said, “So I guess that means we will be back next year to give it another shot. I absolutely love it here. We play Glen Abbey once a year and really look forward to this day. The weather is always amazing, the food is the finest, the camaraderie is wonderful and we do it to give back to the community by supporting the Canadian Cancer Society.”
“We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the Budd Family for organizing Feast of the Fairways,” says Shelley Frank, a Community Fundraising Specialist with the local branch of the Canadian Cancer Society. “Their dedication is valuable to us, and with their help, we fund Canada’s best cancer research and provide information and support for cancer patients and their families in our community.
Their continued support is vital to continue our work to fight cancer and for that we are very grateful,”
She’s quick to point out the following cancer facts.
- Nearly 1 in 2 Canadians is expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.
- In 2017, an estimated 206,200 Canadians are expected to be diagnosed with cancer (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer).
- Cancer is the leading cause of death in Canada – 1 in 4 Canadians will die from the disease.
- An estimated 80,800 Canadians will die from cancer in 2017.
- Since the peak in the cancer death rate in Canada in 1988, it is estimated that over 179,000 deaths have been avoided as a result of cancer prevention and control efforts.
- The 5-year cancer survival rate has increased from 25% in the 1940s to 60% today.
Cancer is also having a huge impact on our aging population.
- The number of cancer cases continues to rise each year primarily because of the growing and aging Canadian population. Canadian Cancer Statistics 2015 showed the average annual number of cancer cases in 2028-2032 is projected to be 79% higher than it was in 2003-2007.
- In 2017, it is estimated that 89% of all cancers will be diagnosed in Canadians 50 years of age and over and 45% will occur in Canadians 70 years of age and older.
- Almost all cancer deaths in Canada (96%) will occur in people aged 50 and over. Most of these (65%) will occur in people 70 and over.
- With the continued increase in the number of new cancers, the Canadian healthcare system faces increasing demand for cancer services including diagnostics, treatment, palliative care and survivor supports.
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