Calgary Health Foundation

2012 Kinnear Classic

Kinnear Classic 2012Wild weather on the links couldn't rain out a day of celebration as Calgary Health Trust paid honour to supporter and community philanthropist, James S. Kinnear on Monday, September 10, during the 21st annual Kinnear Classic Golf Tournament. A select group of golfers took to the links with Jim Kinnear leading the way. It was a small and intimate affair as the Glencoe Golf & Country Club is currently undergoing extensive renovations to the Glen Forest course.

The windy weather made for a memorable day of golf, sending balls and players off course and while the weather may have put a chill on scorecards it couldn't put a damper on the day. At dinner, the skies cleared allowing everyone to enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the Glen Forrest course renovations with Master Architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. and take part in the post tournament festivities.

Glenn Hamilton from KPMG was the lucky winner of the raffle prize of a golf trip for two to Chambers Bay, site of the 2015 U.S. Open Championship.

 After dinner there were several tributes to the tournament's namesake.

"Jim has been always been a catalyst in the success of this event," said Sally Flintoft, CEO of the Calgary Health Trust. "Over the past 21 years his passion for golf and fun loving spirit has guided the vision of this tournament which has made a tremendous difference to the Rockyview General Hospital"

Ann McCaig, Calgary Health Trust Board Chair, expressed similar sentiments, "Jim's involvement with Calgary Health Trust has gone beyond just organizing the Kinnear Classic, it includes his faithful service as a member of the Rockyview Development Council where his leadership and wisdom have been invaluable," said Ann, "He is someone who leads by example and this golf tournament would not be a success except for his efforts."

Since its inception the tournament has raised over $10 million for the hospital. Over the years the event proceeds have gone to the Southern Alberta Institute of Urology, towards the 'da Vinci Robot' surgical technology and the Stryker i-Suites. This year's event will go the Rockyview Emergency Department (ED) to support education capacity with the purchase of a SIMulation mannequin.