History of the

Zonta               Golf Classic 

22 Years 

History of the Zonta Golf Classic

Originally to Improve the Lives of Women with Breast Cancer


To Improve the Health & Wellness of Women & Children in Oxford County

History of the Zonta Golf Classic

The history of the Zonta Golf Classic started in 1997. The concept came from the ZC of Kitchener-Waterloo to honour the passing of Betty Thompson due to breast cancer.  The Classic was initially held at the Ingersoll Golf Course, then moved to Craigowan, Woodstock’s private golf club. Recently, the course was made semi-private and renamed Cardinal Golf Group, Craigowan. For many years the sole focus of the Classic was to support breast cancer research and the women in Oxford County fighting the disease.  When London Health Sciences took on primary breast cancer treatment, our club elected to support the health and wellness of women and girls in our community. In addition, to sponsoring three post-secondary school bursaries for students residing in Oxford County.

Our club has been successful in hosting this popular women’s golf tournament, offering golfers a fun day on a beautiful golf course, dinner, and an amazing community supported prize table & silent auction to increase fundraising efforts.

Our club’s Women Golfing for Women Zonta Golf Classic is celebrating 23 years in June 2020.

To date, the Women Golfing for Women Zonta Golf Classic has raised more than $410,000 and continues to support many women-focused initiatives, programs, and organizations in Oxford County.


The Zonta Golf Tournament is an event that my ladies and I look forward to every year. The effort and organization put into this one day makes it incredibly enjoyable. I love the fact that the Zonta is about giving back to women and children within Oxford County. Combing the social aspect of golf and the ability to make a difference to those in our community makes this day extra special. Thank you, Zonta!

Carole Vink, Golfer & Classic Sponsor

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