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  • Writer's pictureLorna Hamilton

Lyster Family Annual Golf Tournament Raises Funds For Mannville Riverview Golf Course And RV Resort

Team Lyster, Team Sosnowski, and Team Fraser. Photo Lorna Hamilton

Mannville Riverview Golf Course and RV Resort saw a display of community support and enthusiasm as the Lyster Family hosted their annual golf fundraiser tournament on July 21. The event aimed to generate funds for the development of a new shower house and laundry facility (estimated cost $65,000), with the hope of enhancing the golf course and resort experience for all visitors.

Dan and Cheryl Lyster, avid golf enthusiasts, have been frequenting the Mannville Riverview Golf Course since their children, Brandan and Ashley, were young. Golf has always been a family affair, and their son Brandan’s impressive achievements, having participated in the Canadian nationals four times and gearing up for the Alberta Open, further motivate the Lyster family’s commitment to the course’s growth and success.

“We want to see the golf course and resort continue to grow and to keep going, so that is why we do this each year. I kind of figure it is an easy way to help get more people out there and make the place succeed,” shared Dan Lyster, highlighting the family’s dedication to supporting their beloved golfing community.

The golf fundraiser attracted 120 participants who formed teams of four, for the 18-hole game. Over the years, this event has become a significant source of financial backing for the golf course’s development initiatives. In the past, the Lyster family successfully raised funds for golf carts, and now, thanks to their efforts, the club boasts 28 golf carts, making the golfing experience even more enjoyable for visitors.

Golf teams from Vegreville, Ranfurly, Wainwright, Vermilion, and Mannville. Photo Lorna Hamilton

Dan Lyster expressed gratitude for the 20 volunteers who come together each year, along with the valuable assistance of the golf club staff. The local Cornerstone Co-op generously donated hamburgers and hot dogs for the event, with Mannville Credit Union bank manager Mike Myhovich and Councillor Jim Jackson stepping up to volunteer as the barbecue masters, ensuring everyone participating had a delicious meal throughout the day.

At the Co-op BBQ tent serving free hamburgers and hotdogs donated by Co-op. From left Mannville Credit Union manager Mike Myhovich, Councillor Jim Jackson, Co-op employees Bobbi-Jo Sweeney, and Jacki Sweeney. Photo Lorna Hamilton

Following a day of exciting golf action, participants and supporters gathered for a delightful roast beef supper, complete with salads, potatoes, and desserts. Meatco from Wainwright played a significant role in the event by preparing the succulent roast beef and also contributing prizes while sponsoring a hole.

What makes the Lyster Family’s fundraising effort truly inclusive is that people didn’t have to golf to participate. For a reasonable fee of $25 each, individuals could join in the evening’s supper festivities, further contributing to the cause.

Dan Lyster’s proactive approach in engaging various companies yielded valuable sponsorships. Companies had the option to sponsor a hole for $150 or donate items for the silent auction.

“I would like to thank the larger corporations and individuals for their support so far in the ongoing fundraising efforts to reach our goal. There are platinum ($10,000 & up), gold ($7,000 to $9,999), silver ($2,500 to $6,999), and bronze ($500 to $2,499) sponsorships available. Once we reach our goal all supporters will be recognized,” said Lyster. If you would like to become a corporate or individual sponsor you can drop a cheque made out to the Mannviller Riverview Golf Course and drop it off with Cheryl Lyster at the Mannville Post Office or you can contact Dan Lyster at 780-787-0461 for more information.

The overwhelming support from seasonal campers who frequent the resort adds to the event’s success. Participants from as far as Calgary were spotted, underscoring the remarkable backing from the seasonal campers and the wider community.


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