Wednesday, February 24th, 2010
Ethan Burnell knows that when you have a chance to speak with one of your idols, you ask lots of questions — no matter how uncomfortable they might be.
“How many tournaments have you won and how many tournaments have you lost?” was the question the eight-year-old posed to a speakerphone at St. Charles Country Club yesterday.
A shocked Mike Weir, the 2003 Masters champion, had little choice but to come clean.
“Well, I’ve won eight times and lost somewhere over 300,” Weir said with a laugh on the other end of the phone.
Burnell will have another chance to grill Canada’s most famous golfer when Weir arrives in Winnipeg for the Mike Weir Miracle Golf Drive for Kids at the St. Charles Country Club next summer.
The event is in support of the Children’s Hospital Foundation, the group that oversees funding for the Children’s Hospital and the Manitoba Institute of Child Health, which performs all the child-health research.
Andrew McPherson, chairman of the Children’s Hospital Foundation’s board of directors, said landing this event helps the foundation in two ways.
“It raises the awareness of the need in Manitoba and it also helps us internally with the research and equipment needs that just provide that extra level of care for children who go through Children’s Hospital,” he said.
McPherson said about 130,000 children come through the doors of the hospital each year. Having Weir attached to an event like this helps make those families a little more comfortable as they deal with an illness to a child.
“It will be such a huge boost for the things we can do next year,” he said. “It’s just outstanding that he’s chosen to come to Winnipeg.”
The event is scheduled for June 7, 2010. Included in the day will be the golf tournament, a golf clinic led by Weir and an opportunity for Weir to golf with your team for a few holes.