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Fore! Get ready to hit the links …

COF
Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation

The Bassin Bad to the Bone charity golf classic is fast approaching. In this, its ninth year, we’ve made a few changes:

NEW date:  Monday, July 13, 2020

NEW location:  the prestigious Oshawa Golf and Curling Club (www.oshawagolf.com). This members-only club is one of the oldest in Canada, and is a treat to play.

NEW on course games – additional skills competitions and more prizes.

What is NOT changed is the basic format: Bad to the Bone offers people a chance to golf with a professional hockey player.

Sherry Bassin is the host of Bad to the Bone. No stranger to orthopaedics, Sherry has had many surgeries himself – hip replacements and shoulder replacements specifically. “My life has been greatly improved,” says Sherry. “I went from constant pain and difficulty walking, to living life pain free and fully mobile. And I have my surgeons and care teams to thank for that.”

Nine years ago Sherry introduced the idea of a golf tournament to Dr. Jim Waddell, his orthopaedic surgeon and COF Director at the time. Raising money for the COF was his way of thanking his surgeon and supporting the COF’s programs of research, education and care. In planning the tournament he immediately looked at what would make this event different from other golf tournaments, and he thought of his passion: hockey. As a former coach, manager, and OHL team owner, Sherry is well-acquainted with the hockey world in Canada. Inviting professional hockey players to attend his tournament and play with registrants is what makes Bad to the Bone unique. Now, in year nine, Sherry continues to get a good turnout of hockey players like Connor McDavid, Alex DeBrincat, Connor Brown and others, all supporting Sherry and the tournament on a volunteer basis.

“It has been my goal to raise a million dollars through the tournament, and in year 9 we’re getting close,” says Sherry. “I encourage people to register for this year’s event. Come and meet some of your favourite hockey players. Have a great day of golf at a prestigious golf course. Pick up some signed, valuable hockey memorabilia at the banquet in the evening. And, of course, support bone and joint health at the same time.”

Registration is open and sponsorship opportunities are available at www.badtothebonegolf.org.