Something you can’t miss – the World’s Largest Golf Tee!
Summer 2009 ATB Financial held their Teenormous contest. First prize, the World’s Largest Golf Tee. Councillor Bill Cunningham read about the contest and immediately brought the idea to Town Council to get their support. Little did he know that local business owner Paula Kowalchuk had read the very same article and had contacted Golf Club Manager Audrey Nelson to start to get the ball rolling on this contest. The three got together with Golf Club President Norm Silberstein and town employee Blaine Peterson to get the ball rolling on their application. After a few short weeks a video featuring some of the local golfing talent as well as the golf club itself was shot, edited, and sent in. After weeks of holding our breath and hoping for the best it was announced that Trochu had been chosen as a finalist, along with Marwayne and Camrose. ATB Financial sent out their media team to interview some of the people involved and created their own video that was then shown, along with videos of the other two communities, on the website www.wearealberta.ca where the public could vote for their favourite. With over two thirds of the votes at the end of the contest there was no doubt in anyone’s mind that Trochu had just earned itself the 40 foot tall golf tee. On September 30th ATB Financial again returned with their team to officially present the Tee to the community.
A big thank you to the committee: Norm Silberstein for allowing us to put his name on the application and for being the main contact between ATB Financial and the committee; Audrey Nelson for being a big push behind advertising and for allowing us to use golf course to shoot the video; Bill Cunningham for getting Council behind us and for “directing” many of the shots; Paula Kowalchuk for being a huge push behind the idea and for her hard work in arranging 1,618 golf balls to spell out “T is Fore Trochu”; and, Blaine Peterson for being behind the camera and creating posters to help advertise. We would also like to thank Bud Nelson, Jaden Kowalchuk, Camille Stankievech, and Barry Kletke for letting us showcase their golfing abilities on our application video. As well we need to thank ATB Financial for giving us this great opportunity and for creating and erecting the Tee. Finally, we must remember to thank everyone who supported the idea and cast their vote for our community – “Thank you!”
Recently, the Tee the area around the Tee was landscaped and lights were added to enhance this landmark!