Third annual Cottage Country Cup supports local female athletes via Dara’s Fund

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In just a few short years, the Cottage Country Cup golf tournament at Deerhurst Resort has become a tradition in Muskoka, raising almost $10,000 for Dara’s Fund @ Muskoka Community Foundation in support of local female athletes.

This year, anticipation is already building for the two-day event which takes place August 18 and 19 at Deerhurst Resort’s two courses, Lakeside and Highlands.

“This tournament is not only something I look forward to playing every year but something I’m truly grateful for,” says Dara Howell, Olympic gold medalist and Huntsville native. “Everyone who plays in the Cottage Country Cup is helping female athletes on their journey to success. It’s a cause near and dear to my heart and it wouldn’t be possible without the support of Deerhurst and all the players and sponsors.”

With a focus on fun and friendly competition, the Cottage Country Cup event features a par 3 challenge at Deerhurst Lakeside (where every hole is played as a par 3 with tees moved to the 150 yard marker on longer holes) on the Sunday and a two-person scramble at Deerhurst Highlands on the Monday.

Among a variety of top-notch prizes is the chance to win a 2020 combined membership at Deerhurst Highlands and Deerhurst Lakeside — a value of $3,200. There are mixed and men’s divisions.

“Supporting Dara’s Fund is something we’re very proud of,” says Ryan Barry, Head Professional. “Having her involved personally makes this event very special and it’s rewarding to know that we’re helping young athletes from our own area get the support they need to follow in her footsteps.”

Dara Howell with the Cottage Country Cup. The tournament supports Dara's Fund, which provides financial assistance to female athletes in Muskoka (supplied)

Dara Howell with the Cottage Country Cup. The tournament supports Dara’s Fund, which provides financial assistance to female athletes in Muskoka (supplied)

Tournament spots and sponsorships are still available. Registration for the event costs $200 per person plus HST and includes 36 holes of golf, player’s gift, breakfast, lunch and prizes. Those looking to take part can register online at deerhurstresort.com/golf-specials-events or call Ryan Barry at 705-789-4494.

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