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Ladies Golf League wraps up the season
The Fairview Ladies golf League wrapped up the season with a fun nine-hole tournament Saturday, themed as a Fiesta, and rules followed the theme. For the first hole, on reaching the green, players had to toss a hoop ring over the flag stick. On the second hold, they had to toss a sombrero from the blue tee box and where ever the hat landed is where they would have to play their shot from. On hole #3, once they landed on the green, they had to finish the hole by rolling a lime into the hole (without using a club). Hole four specified they were to try and land closest to the Pinata (not to the pin!). On hole #5 They had to complete a Mexican kick ball course before teeing off – which included hitting a life-sized cut-out of course manager Dave Atmore with the ball. On Hole #6, they had to finish the hole by balancing a taco shell on a wooden stick held underneath one arm while putting – if the taco fell off, the putt didn’t count. On hole #7, they were instructed to find a red pepper hidden in the trees around the green and complete the instructions written on the pepper – the activity had to be recorded on a phone as proof. Once completed, they would deduct a stroke. On Hole #8, it was Mexican train dominos – upon reaching the green, they were to create a line of dominos from the hole as far as they could, following the rules of dominos and as soon as their ball was within that line, the putt would be considered holed. On Hole #9, they were to toast their team from the cooler on the green and then finish the hole with a special putter provided. The organizers had not anticipated the strong winds that came up and there is no word on how many taco shells or sombreros were lost in ended due to the wind. The winning team for the year had chosen the name, Grip it ‘n sip it, second place went to Par Tee of Fore. Photos and names of actual golfers should be coming soon
Ladies league golf winds up with Fiesta!
The Fairview Ladies golf League wrapped up the season with a fun nine-hole tournament Saturday, themed as a Fiesta, and rules followed the theme. For the first hole, on reaching the green, players had to toss a hoop ring over the flag stick. On the second hold, they had to toss a sombrero from the blue tee box and where ever the hat landed is where they would have to play their shot from. On hole #3, once they landed on the green, they had to finish the hole by rolling a lime into the hole (without using a club). Hole four specified they were to try and land closest to the Pinata (not to the pin!). On hole #5 They had to complete a Mexican kick ball course before teeing off – which included hitting a life-sized cut-out of course manager Dave Atmore with the ball. On Hole #6, they had to finish the hole by balancing a taco shell on a wooden stick held underneath one arm while putting – if the taco fell off, the putt didn’t count. On hole #7, they were instructed to find a red pepper hidden in the trees around the green and complete the instructions written on the pepper – the activity had to be recorded on a phone as proof. Once completed, they would deduct a stroke. On Hole #8, it was Mexican train dominos – upon reaching the green, they were to create a line of dominos from the hole as far as they could, following the rules of dominos and as soon as their ball was within that line, the putt would be considered holed. On Hole #9, they were to toast their team from the cooler on the green and then finish the hole with a special putter provided. The organizers had not anticipated the strong winds that came up and there is no word on how many taco shells or sombreros were lost in ended due to the wind. The winning team for the year had chosen the name, Grip it ‘n sip it, second place went to Par Tee of Fore. Photos and names of actual golfers should be coming soon.
Fairview Golf Club hosts Senior High Golf Zones
The Senior High Golf Zones were held at Fairview Golf Club last week and about 61 high school golfers attended. Some openly said they were just there to get a day off school or just there for the fun of it, but at least they were playing golf. Top men in singles competition were: First – Justin Auger, second: tied Theo Sekalic of SRRA and Ben Lovrod of St. Joes, third: Dayton Shantz of EW Pratt. The top three women were first: Lauryn Bulger of St. Joes, second: Anique Tardiff and third: tied, Hanna Brulotte and Ashlyn Fuches. The top 3A Men’s teams were: in third place: GP Composite, second place Beaverlodge High, First St. Josephs. first. In 2A Ladies, Peace High was the Winnner. In 2A Mens, High Level placed third, E.W. Pratt second and Fox Creek.
Heilan Beerhouse Tournament a success
Heilan Beerhouse tournament organizers Cam and Xoch Smith judged their first ever golf tournament a success, especially considering it was a first time event for them. They had 13 teams of four compete in the four-ball scramble which was a fundraiser for one of the Beerhouse cooks, Willy Andrade. Andrade is being treated for stage four brain cancer in Edmonton and all funds raised by the tournament will go to help him and his family. The winners of the tournament were Artur Bielecki, Dylan Connelly, Jordan Pitman, Justin McQueen as well as D’Lane Sather, Dustin Sather, Craig Sather and Dennis Honing.
Andy Little Memorial Tournament - funding scholarships
Chris Eakin/Fairview Post This year is the 17th annual Andy Little Memorial Golf Tournament, the sole fundraiser for the Andy Little Memorial Scholarship which has given out 40 scholarships in the past 17 years. There were 64 golfers signed up for the tournament, many of them friends or relatives of the late Andy Little. The weather was not ideal but as a member of the winning team said, you never know what the weather is going to be at this time of year and he counted himself lucky he didn’t need a touque and could almost lower the zipper on his jacket. The winning team was: Chris Schulte (and Gunner Schulte), Randy Keppler, Richie Keppler and Dave Keppler with a score of 62 for the four-ball scramble event. There were two teams tied for second place with a score of 63. Brandon Bidart, Drew Fox, Dustin Backus and Dan Doll tied Gavin Little, Matt Little and Troy Harlton. In third place was the team of Dennym Derek and Dennis Honing with Brian Madden, with a score of 64. Hole prizes: Randy Keppler won on Hole #1 for Men’s Long Drive, Jasmine Allan for Ladies Long Drive On Hole #3, it was David Keppler who took the prize for Closest to the Pin on second shot. On Hole #4, Fay Allen won for Closest to the Pin. On Hole #5, Warren Murray won for Ball in the Water Hazard while on Hole #6, Paul Keppler won for Ball in the Sand Trap. On Hole #7 the Stahl Peterbilt $25,000 prize for a Hole-in-one went unclaimed, but Brain Madden won the prize for Closest to the Pin. On Hole #8, Troy Harlton won for Team Par or Better, on Hole #9, “Morgan the Great” won for Longest Putt, On Hole #11, Derrick Honing won for Closest to the Pin and on Hole #13 Sue Keppler won for Closest to the Pin. On Hole #16, the Campbell Chrysler $5,000 prize for a Hole-in-one went unclaimed,, but Larry Barr took the prize for Closest to the Pin. All players asked said they had had a great day, though not all of them would claim to have played great golf. Tournament organizer Dave Allan said turnout was great with 64 players and reminded all that the deadline to apply for the scholarship is October 15 of this year. If you know of someone who is in or going into post-secondary education who lives in Fairview or area, have them contact Dave for application forms. (Contact Dave Allan – Box 772, Grimshaw, AB, T0H 1W0, fax 780-332-2004, email email@example.com)
Daycare and Bible Camp the real winners of Ministerial Golf Tournament
Chris Eakin/Fairview Post The annual Ministerial Golf Tournament, organized by Fairview Ministerial, raised another chunk of money in support of local organizations – this year Child’s World Daycare and David Thompson Bible Camp will benefit from the support of the 40 golfers that played in the tournament. Local businesses also support the tournament with generous prizes which helps to encourage golfers to come back again the following year, but most golfers will tell you even a bad day on the golf course is better than a good day almost anywhere else. The top prize winners (lowest scoring team) were Pauline Broddle, Keith Lyons, Gord and Karla MacLeod with a score of 64. In second place was the team of Steve Magill, Rick Janzen, Steve Ewert, and Owen Neufeld with a 65 and in third place, with a score of 66 were Darrel Parlee, Bernard McKay, Hermany Dyck and Dave Klassen. The title of Most Honest went to the team of Ray Weber, Linda and Gerry Nowek and Hillie de Jong (playing golf for the first time in her life) – their score is not mentioned but it wasn’t really that bad. There were nine hole prizes: On Hole #1, Keith Lyons won for being Closest to the Pin in three strokes. On Hole #2, Darrel Parlee won for Golf Balls in Trees. On Hole #3, Dennis Radbourne collected for Men’s Long Putt and on Hole #4 it was Velma Peters for Ladies Long Putt. Dennis Radbourne collected again on Hole #5 for Golf Balls in the Water, and on Hole #6 Stan Braim got the prize for Shortest Drive. On Hole #7, Steve Ewert won for Golf Balls in Trees, on Hole #8, Janet Biegel took the prize for Ladies Longest Drive. On Hole #9, Lawrie Bisson won the prize for Men’s Longest Drive. Last year the total amount raised was about $1,500 and organizer Dave Brisbin guessed it would be similar this year, with both beneficiaries getting about $700 (he emphasized that was just a rought guess). The golfers all seemed quite happy and a few admitted to having had a great day, whether their scores were good or not, and they ended the day with a roast beef dinner – including dessert.
Team Canada wins (Fairview) Ryder Cup
Chris Eakin/Fairview Post Fairview Golf Club hosted Fairview’s second Ryder Cup Championship – Team Canada vs Team International. Gord Nicholson, captain for Team Canada with Jamie Hemstock, Shawn Moskalyk, Ken Hovey, Tim Watchorn, Aiden Watchorn, Bill Yasinski, Earl Verbicky, Dustin Backus, Kris Lochhead, Roy Bjorklund, Gord MacLeod, Brent Studley, Richard Mcwatt. Team International had Dave Atmore as team captain, Tory Stranaghan, Joe Hemstock, Jay Fox, Ken Woronuk, Rob Banach, Al Fletch, Dan Doll, Paul Buck, Jim Backus, Stan Burkholder, Uwe F., Rodger Woolridge and JJ. Saturday the first nine holes was an alternate shot format, with players deciding ahead of time who would take the tee shot for each hole, even or odd (no player taking two tee-shots in a row) then alternating shots until the hole was complete. Teams earned one point for the match. The second nine was a a two-man scramble. Each player hits tee shot, then team decides which is best and each hits from that location and continues until that hole is complete, team with the lowest score wins the hole. Again, it was a team match with the winning team earning one point. Sunday started with nine holes of Best Ball, each player playing his own ball throughout, the second nine was individual match play. Saturday, Team Canada took the lead with 7.5 points to Team International’s 6.5 Sunday, Team Canada took the lead with eight points to Team International’s six. Organizer Ken Woronuk told players they would automatically be flighted for next year’s tournament. Members of the winning team each received an engraved glass beer stein and their names on the trophy.
Seniors out in force on the greens
Seniors were out in force at the Fairview Golf Club Thursday for Seniors’ Golf Day, a full 31 golfers 50 and over turning up for an 18-hole tournament. They were divided by age – the ladies were either Just a Senioror Seasoned Seniors while the men were divided up in Still Think They are Young, Just Getting There, and Over the Hill Gang. Net scores were the number of strokes to play the course, less their age. Eileen Billard, who travelled all the way from High Prairie to play was first in The Just a Senior group with a score of 97, Sue Hayward placed second with a score of 98. Dot Waters was first with a net score of 41. Velma Peters placed first (net) in Seasoned Seniors with a 35, Marilyn Stucklschwaiger had an actual score of 108 to place first, Pauline Broddle second with 112. Gord Nichol placed first in Still Think They are Young with a score of75, Roy Bjorklund second with 76, while Al Fletcher had lowest net score of 22. In the Just Getting There Group, Bill Yazinski placed first with an 83, Stan Burkholder second with an 85. Yazinski also had low net score (22). In the Over the Hill Gang, Dave Thompson scored 80 to come first while Terry Watchorn placed second with a 99, and Thompson also had low net score of (!). There were a number of hole prizes. Bonnie Anderson won on Hole #1 for Balls in Pond, Dave Thompson on Hole #2 for Closest of of Sand. On Hole #3, Dot Waters won for Ladies Long Drive, on Hole #4, Marilyn Stucklschwaiger won for Closest in One (Ladies Only). On Hole #5, Terry Watchorn got the prize for Long Putt (70 years and up) while on Hole #6 Rob Banach won for Closest to Reynolds Rock. Ken Roberts Won for Closest in one on Hole #7, Lloyd Johnston on Hole #8 for All Pars (70 years and up). Stan Burkholder won for Men’s Long Drive on Hole #9 while Richard McWatt won for Long putt on #9 (Everyone).
Hemstock family team wins Oilmen's Tournament
The Oilmens Golf Tournament A Side final turned into a battle between two teams, both with Hemstock family members, when Doug, Joe and Jaimie Hemstock with Dylan Killam scored an 86 over 27 holes and Brady Hemstock with Cody McIntyre, Dustin Backus and Andy Fentie did the same. The deadlock was decided by a chip-off with Doug, Joe, Jamie and Dylan taking first place, Brady, Cody, Dustin and Andy second. Team Watchorn placed third, Team Catwauk fourth. To add a little more icing to the cake, Joe earned a Hole-in-one on Hole #5 – there was no prize for that hole, but he will get his name on the Hole-in-one placque in the clubhouse. Hole #5 is usually and par 5, but sometimes, as they did for the Oilmen’s , they used a different Tee-box which shortened it to a Par 3. On the B Side, Team Lochhead (Kris Lochhead and friends) came out first, followed by Team Jacobsson second, Team Kirby Controls third and DC Oilfield fourth. There were a total 104 golfers in 26 teams entered in the tournament. There were a number of Proximity prizes on various holes: #1 – Steven Yasinski – Closest in two shots, #2 – Team Hemstock – Cash Closest to the Pin, #3 – Jamie Hemstock, Closest to the Pin in Two Shots #4 – Team All-Can Engineers – Cash Closest to the Pin, #5 – Aiden Watchorn – Closest in Two Shots, #6 – Dustin Backus – Closest in Two Shots, #7 – Team Watchorn – Cash Closest to the Pin, Team Kirby Controls won for Long Putt on both #8 and #9. Organizer Harrison MacDowall offered his thanks to the sponsors who come back year after year, the golfers, and the staff at the golf club –the course was in great condition for the tournament. He added “The excellent weather helped with the long day of golf,” mentioning also that all prizes were purchased in Fairview.
11th Annual STARS event a success
Chris Eakin/Fairview Post The 11th annual STARS Golf Tournament, organized by Fairview Fire and Rescue Society and sponsored by Worsley Gravel Supply, came off without a hitch Saturday, bringing golfers from all over the Peace to participate in the fundraiser for the air ambulance service. Dunvegan North Oilfield Services made the day a little more educational and perhaps rewarding by sponsoring a pair of golf pros from Grande Prairie who offered lessons in whatever people wanted to improve on – apparently a large part of that was driving and putting. The lessons seemed well received and much appreciated by participants. At the end of the day, the winner of the four-ball, best ball event, with low score of 60, was the team of Derek Honing, Tyler Cleave, Kyle Ellis and Steve Mergaert. Crowned Most Honest Golfers was the team of Annette James, Chelsea Carter, Bryarly Sych and Bryton Wagner. Second place went to Warren Murray, Rodger Woolridge, Gord Nicholson and Rob Predigger with a score of 61, third to Gary and Carole Leathem, Ken and Mary French. There were a number of Hole prizes: One Hole #1, Mattias Jacobsson won for Drive landing off the fairway and Megan Bjornson for Drive lands in water. On Hole #2 Lil Riegling won for Ball in the sand, Blaine Hansen for one-putting. On Hole #3, Sean Nicole won for Ball in the water, Jared Moffatt for Long Putt. On Hole #4, Dot Waters won for Closest to the Pin – Ladies, Ken French Closest to the Pin – Men. On Hole #5, Liz Campbell and Brian Wieben Won for Balls in the Water. On Hole #6, Jerry Hayward won for Closest to the White Stake (150 yard marker) on Drive and Annette James won for Ball in Sand. On Hole #7, Jerry Hayward won again, this time for Closest to the Pin – Mens. On Hole #8, Karla MacLeod won for Ladies’ Long Drive while Steve Mergaert won Men’s Long Drive. On Hole #9, Edith Stiles earned the prize for Long Putt, Bryton Wagner for Balls out of Bounds. On Hole #9, Dennis Labbee was awarded for Balls in the Pond On Hole #14, Shayne Roy won for Closest to the Pin. There were Hole-in-One prizes offered on Hole #11 ($10,000 from SJ Kramer Trucking), Hole #4 ($5,000 Campbell Chrysler), Hole #13 ($5,000 Warren’s Automotive), Hole #7 ($5,000 ATB Finiancial), HOLE #14 ($5,000 Dunvegan North Oilfield), Hole #16 ($5,000 Dunvegan Inn and Suites). None of those prizes were claimed. There was a silent auction of some donated items which offered some fun for those who got into a competitive spirit wanting to acquire some particular item. Golfers enjoyed a steak supper after the tournament and then a cheque for $6,500 was presented to STARS Sally Bellerose who offered thanks to the sponsors, participants and organizers for their support for STARS. Contest chairman Gord MacLeod mentioned that the average STARS mission costs $5,500 to fly.
Hines Creek Industry Golf Tournament
Chris Eakin/Fairview Post The Hines Creek Industry Golf Tournament took place July 6 at the Hines Creek Golf and Country Club, with 11 teams – 44 golfers – competing. The weather cooperated completely, giving them lots of sunshine and light breezes for the whole day. Organizer Blaine Hansen said he was very happy with how the event turned out, in spite of having to cut back from the originally scheduled two days to a single day event. Golfer Gary Vick said he had a great time on the greens, everybody was very positive and he never had to wait to play through on any hole. Unlike most tournaments that have fun prizes for all four holes, the Industry tournament only had four ancilliary prizes, two for individuals and two for teams. Larry Sundby won Men’s Long Drive, Coralie F Wone Ladies Long Drive. The prize for Most Bush Balls (39) went to the team Where’s the Beer Cart and the prize for Most Water Balls (8) went to the Prairie Coast team. Top golfers of the day with a score of 62 was the team Spacelords, made up of Cory and Tim Berg, Clint Ostrem and Sean Zavisha. In second place was the Bjornson Entreprises team with a score of 65 while third place went to Energetic with a score of 70, and in fourth place Zavisha Sawmills with a score of 74. The title of Most Honest Golfers, if there had been one, for highest score of the day would have gone to Prairie Coast with an 82. Hansen offered up a huge thank-you to all those who supported the event by showing up to play as well as all the businesses that sponsored the event in one way or another, including by donating prizes. There were three draw prizes – one gas powered weed trimmer, one cordless electric weed trimmer and a forty ounce bottle of adult liquid refreshment – and the winners seemed quite happy to be taking them home.
Madison Bjornson Memorial Golf tournament
The Bjornson family organized a golf tournament in memory of Madison Bjornson who died suddenly one year ago. Funds raised by the tournament were to go to support the sports teams she loved very much. There were 114 golfers who showed up to register and support the family.
Fairview Couples Classic 2019 Golf Tournament
Chris Eakin The Fairview Couples Classic went ahead under threatening skies, but the weather stayed mild until the golfing was done. Attendance was down somewhat at 25 couples registered for the event, but there were enough to make it a fun and competitive tournament with golfers coming from Grande Prairie and other communities to golf. In the end, it was Wade and Brenda Sandboe of La Glace area who won the event with a score of 75, followed by Sharon and Glen Holmes with a 79. Duncan and Deanna Donavon who have been coming to the tournament for years, placed third with a score of 80, followed by former champions Tim and Tracy Watchorn, also with an 80. Jamie and Emily Hemstock placed fifth, Dorothy and Walter Trask sixth, Bev and Tod Grotkowski seventh. There were a number of hole prizes. For Holes #1, 10, Lawrence Biegel won on a draw for Balls in the Pond. On Holes #2 and 11, Casey Lamouche won for Closest to the Pin in one shot. On Holes #3, 12, Kathy Anderson won for Longest Putt. On Holes #4, 13, the prize for Closest to the Pin (Ladies Only) went to Karla MacLeod. On Hole #14 (back nine) the prize for Closest to the Pin went to Glen Holmes. On Holes #6, 15, Greg Stefanyk won for Drive Closest to the Rock. On Holes #7, 16 Christine Renstrom won for Any Tee Shot in the Creek. On Hole #8, 17, Closest in Two Shots went to Gayle and Doyle Gray. On Hole #9, 18 the prize for Longest Drive – Men, was awarded to Ken Thompson, while Longest Drive – Ladies went to Jade Thompson. Ken asked that which of the two was longest NOT be announced. Hmm. Once play had safely completed and all golfers retired to the club house, the skies opened up with a torrential downpour that included about half an inch of hail on the greens. The hail was somewhat localized as according to local residents, not all areas of the town got hailed on, more in the north-eastern portion.
Fairview Men’s Golf League standings June 26
Position Team score 1 Past Champs 550 2 Reservoir Dogs 522 3 The Tough Guys 517 4 Beefeaters 515 5 Campbell Chrysler 515 6 Birdie Boys 515 7 Hammerheads 513 8 Co-op CRUNCHERS 510 9 T&W Dinosaurs 474 10 Fish On! 424 11 Rookies & Retreads 392 12 Heilen Beerhouse 340
Mighty Peace Junior Golf Program wraps up 2019
Submitted by Brandon Murphy, Mighty Peace Junior Golf Program The Mighty Peace Junior Golf Program proceeded again this May and June. Coaches Jordan Relling and Brandon Murphy had the pleasure of teaching kids aged five to 14 who all came out on Tuesday nights to learn the fundamentals, rules, and etiquette of golf.