Chairman's Message (2017)

I’d like to welcome you to the 2017 Doodlebug Website and extend an invitation to join the Doodlebugs for the 65th Annual Doodlebug Golf Tournament in Banff this upcoming September. This year, what is old is new! We are returning to Banff for the first time since 2000, and are holding the event in its traditional timeframe of the first weekend after Labor Day. We will also be streamlining the event to 2 nights and 2 days of golf, moving the golf to Saturday and Sunday, and eliminating the guest/warmup event. It is hoped that these changes, along with proximity to Calgary, will lead to improved enrollment of our CSEG members and their guests.

I would encourage everyone to attend for both nights and stay in Banff for maximum exposure and benefit to the event. There will be a mix of hotel options, and attendees will be responsible for selecting their preferred accommodations through a Doodlebug block booking with The Best of Banff. That being said, this new format should provide some flexibility should people need to commute from Calgary, due to family commitments or financial constraints.

Drive up to Banff, park your car for the weekend and join us the evening of Friday September 8th for a welcome reception in the Moose Hotel where you will get re-acquainted with old friends, along with making many new ones.

There will be a Saturday10am Shotgun start at the Banff Springs golf course Stanley Thompson original 18 for Doodlebug flights. Guests playing golf on Saturday will tee off beforehand at 9am and enjoy a 14 hole round combining the back nine with the middle nine, followed by lunch in the clubhouse. After the rounds of golf, all participants are invited to hang around the clubhouse and tell stories, or head back to enjoy the roof top hot tubs at the Moose, or the amenities of downtown Banff. Saturday Night is a Semi-Formal attire evening where you and your guest will enjoy a dinner served in the Banquet Room of the Moose Hotel. There will be plenty of entertainment, refreshments, and special guests. We will emphasize the charitable aspect of the Doodlebug, hand out the annual Rosza award for 25 years of attendance, and the Tom Podivinsky Memorial award.

Sunday will start with a 9am shotgun and lots of hot coffee, with awards and ceramic presentations in the Banff Springs clubhouse after the round of golf. The tournament will wrap up late Sunday afternoon, but all participants have the option to add extra nights to their weekend on the front or back ends to enjoy more time in Banff if they so choose. Guests also have the option to play a practice round on Sunday morning, or ride/hike the Sulphur Mountain Gondola for a well earned meal at Sky Bistro.

The Doodlebug Golf Tournament is an event held each summer that provides a competitive yet fun golf venue for CSEG members of all levels and ability, from scratch golfers to true first-timers. Golfers are put in “Flights” based off of their handicaps with the goal of having a competitive and fun round of golf regardless of ability. Guests and spouses can choose from a full schedule of formal and informal social events throughout each day and on into the evenings. It is the social and networking aspect of this event that provides the basis for a great weekend amongst old and new friends of the Canadian Geophysical Industry.

The Doodlebug has chosen the CSEG Foundation as our charity for this year. We will continue with the Long Drive and Closest to the Pin competitions however they will be incorporated into the regular round of golf.

The 2017 Doodlebug Committee is once again working hard to make this tournament both an enjoyable and memorable weekend for you and your guests. We thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you in Banff.

David Wardlaw, 65th Chairman
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