April 6, 2011, Simcoe, Ont. - Fire chiefs from across Ontario are invited to participate in the annual Fire Fighting in Canada Provincial Open golf tournament on Friday, April 29, at the Royal Woodbine Golf Club.
The tournament, held in conjunction with the annual Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs trade show and conference in Toronto April 30 through May 4, will feature Team A.J. Stone in the hunt for a fourth consecutive championship.
Fire chiefs and officers are encouraged to join the Fire Fighting in Canada crew – publisher Martin McAnulty, editor Laura King, sales manager Catherine Connolly and junior editor Stefanie Wallace – for breakfast at 8 a.m. followed by a 9 a.m. shotgun start, a barbecue lunch, and prizes. (Click here for details and to register.)
The A.J. Stone foursome – Mike and Bill Stone along with King Township Fire Chief Bryan Burbidge and Richmond Hill Fire Chief Steve Kraft – managed a three-peat last year at 14 under par. (You can read editor Laura King’s blog entry on the victory here.)
While the Stone team is poised to do well given that its members spent significant time in warmer climes and on the links over the winter, the Stokes International team – headed by Stokes president Dave Mellor – vowed after the 2010 tournament to practice and mount a threat to the perpetual champions this year.
Fire-service manufacturers and suppliers, along with fire chiefs and officers from across Ontario, will be in the field of 92 golfers. Editor Laura King’s team of Chief Vince Mackenzie from Grand Falls-Windsor, N.L – who is attending the OAFC conference as an instructor for the Beyond Helmets and Hoses leadership program – Caledon Chief Brad Bigrigg and Midland Chief Kevin Foster, do not intend to challenge the A.J. Stone team for the top spot but are confident the day will be interesting and entertaining.