Neil Norcott (right) hands the mic to George Martin to say a few words at the golf tournament this year. Martin resigned as chairman after 26 years in charge.
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At the 27th annual golf tournament fundraiser at Terra Nova golf resort, which contributes to the Discovery Health Care Foundation, a very special driving force was honoured — George Martin.
Martin retired as chairman of the committee, having helped organize the golf tournament each of the last 26 years.
"George is one key member who drove this tournament for years — to the point where we named the tournament after him,” said committee member Neil Norcott.
The tournament, which is known as the George Martin Golf Tournament, has raised over $500,000 for local health care since its inception.
While Norcott acknowledged filling Martin’s shoes is not easy, he also thanked fellow committee member Barry Colbourne for stepping up and assuming the role of chairman for the group.
But just because he stepped down as chair doesn’t mean Martin still didn’t find a way to contribute to the tournament.
He raised $1,404 this year — the second most of any individual at the event.
"I didn't get paid for it but I enjoyed it and that's often better than getting paid for it,” said Martin, addressing the crowd after being presented with a token of appreciation by the committee.
He added that he’s glad there were fundraisers for worthwhile causes like health care.
"Thank God for the Clarenville hospital,” said Martin.
Martin was also sure to thank everyone who has contributed over the years and also rib his teammates on their play on the golf course, which is certainly an ongoing joke for Martin each year.
Martin was also named one of the 150 Faces of Clarenville, as part of their Canada 150 celebrations, recognizing him for his contributions in volunteering, recreation, and community.