Arron's Chance 2 Play Golf Tournament returned to Portage for its 16th iteration.

The annual event took a brief hiatus for the last two summers due to the struggles surrounding COVID-19. Committee member Nancy Funk says they had a ton of golfers in attendance and notes it was great to see everyone together again.

"It's actually so much fun. We all got together on Wednesday at Boston Pizza, and even that felt like the past coming back," Funk explains. "Seeing everyone checking in for golf and getting ready for a full day on the course is very exciting for us all."

Portager and former NHL hockey player Arron Asham is the organizer of the tournament, with all the proceeds going back to his Arron's Chance 2 Play Charity. The program provides young athletes with an opportunity to play hockey. Funk says it's amazing to be a part of an event that helps out such a great cause.

"Arron's Chance 2 Play funds hockey registrations and provides equipment for kids from underprivileged homes in the Central Plains region," Funk continues. "It's a pretty far-reaching region, with a lot of communities in there. We're proud to be able to help those kids still play hockey and still realize their dreams of playing hockey, regardless of their circumstances at home."

After the two years of being away, Funk says they were thrilled to have the weather corporate with them.

"Mother nature has been on our side. Once again, she's come through for us, and we're grateful for this wonderful day on the golf course."