The John Sperdakes Memorial Tournament was started in 2001 by a special group of individuals, team members and baseball players. Yes, that’s right, baseball players, all of whom shared a vision to be the best team on, and more importantly, off the field. In January of 2001 the team suddenly lost long time coach and friend John Sperdakes. In memory of John the tournament began as an intermediate “A” baseball tournament with the host team winning 3 of the 4 years…actually let’s just say the Chiefs won it every year.
In 2005 the event moved to the golf course where it has continued to thrive and has even begun to raise funds for select charities. The event began raising funds in 2010 and within a short time frame and with large support from the community and golfers, managed to raise $4000 in its first year of fundraising. In 2011 the tournament developed an annual bursary in memory of those Alumni that have since passed. The bursary is given to an underprivileged child to put towards costs of community sports.
The JSMT has been designed to accommodate a more intimate field of players with nearly 40 participants in this annually sold out event. The event includes a full array of activities including an Opening Reception, Welcome Breakfast and the Day of Golf, followed by an Awards Banquet Dinner and after hours party.
This tournament could not happen without the support of our participants, volunteers and sponsors and we thank you all for your contribution.
The organizing committee wishes to thank everyone for their support in helping us reach our goal of raising funds for select charities over the years. Whether you are a sponser, supporter, volunteer or golfer, this day would not be a success without you.
The Troy Barnet Award was instituted to remember all of the individuals we have lost over the past years who have been synonymous with the Sackville Chiefs and the JSMT Golf Invitational. Troy was a kind, loyal, hard working and generous person who never once complained during his fight with cancer. Being the humble individual he was, this Award is to not only honor Troy, but to remember ALL of those we have lost during our time together on the ball field and golf course, Troy, Glen Hansen and Louis Chiasson, just to name a few. We will be donating $1,000 to a local Sackville charity.
In support of a local community charity in the amount of $1,000.
Special Olympics Nova Scotia is committed to enriching the lives of Nova Scotians with an intellectual disability through sport.
For more information about Special Olympics, please visit www.specialolympicsns.ca
Our vision is that sport will open hearts and minds towards people with intellectual disabilities and create inclusive communities all over the world. Special Olympics will strive for this vision by providing better quality sport opportunities supported through health initiatives. At the same time, we will step up efforts to use our work to tell the world about the talents and abilities of people with ID.
We create opportunities to pursue full potential.
We evaluate standards and performance.
We operate in an environment of cooperation, collaboration and dignity.
We honor what is unique in each individual.
We foster inclusive communities.
Through the power of sport, we offer a gateway to empowerment, competence and acceptance. Special Olympics Nova Scotia provides sport training and regional, national and international competition opportunities for 2500 local athletes of all ages and abilities. We are dedicated to enriching the lives of Canadians with an intellectual disability through sport.
Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. We empower people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all. Using sports as the catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance.
The immaculately groomed course is complemented by a full service clubhouse. Ken-Wo encourages both members and guests to visit the clubhouse to enjoy an excellent meal in the dining room or relax in the club’s lounge and bar area.
The Club is lead by PGA of Canada Director of Golf and Operations, Mr. Rene MacKay. The Pro-Shop and Golf Operations Department is lead by PGA of Canada Head Professional, Mr. Derek MacKinnon, and Assistant Professional, Mrs. Laura Reid.
The Ken-Wo Golf Club is committed to providing a superb golf experience for all golfers, with the additional facilities to ensure continued enjoyment for our members and guests. A “Must Play in the Maritimes” for many years.
Located in the heart of the beautiful Annapolis Valley, Ken-Wo Golf Club was formed in 1921. Ken-Wo is a member-owned course welcoming guests to its championship location. Being one of the oldest clubs in Nova Scotia, Ken-Wo boasts a challenging 18-hole layout over 6,300 yards. In recent years, the club has hosted the Canadian Junior Championship and the Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship, recognizing its reputation as a challenging course. More close to home, Ken-Wo hosts the annual Apple Blossom Tournament, a significant golfing event in the early season that draws many top provincial amateurs. Ken-Wo has a course rating of 70.1 and a slope of 130. The Club also provides a fully stocked Pro Shop, three practice putting and chipping greens, a driving range, as well as power cart and club rentals.
9:00AM: Light breakfast, ke-wo golf club house
11:00AM – 1:36PM: JSMT tournament tee times – ken-wo golf course