By Chris Clark
The Harry Bye Cancer Golf Tournament celebrated its 11th big year on Wednesday, Aug. 6, and was another success from front to back with participants raising another $31,500 on the day.
Balmy weather and warm sunshine bathed the fairways for the day, as upwards of 140 golfers invaded the Pike Lake Golf Course for the 11th running of the fun tournament. Event chair Bruce Fulcher thanked the participants, volunteers, and especially the many sponsors, who stepped forward to once again ensure a successful event.
All proceeds from the day go to the local Cancer Patient Services Corporation and, on behalf of the CPSC, Bill Kreps thanked Mr. Fulcher and all the golfers, volunteers and fundraisers for their generosity. To date, the tournament has raised in excess of $300,000 for Cancer Patient Services.
“That was an awesome day,” said tournament founder Randy Bye, who once again offered kudos to Mr. Fulcher for his dedication to the event. “I was so proud today to look around after 11 years and see all the young folks participating and all the people who participate year after year. Thank you to everyone.”
On the course, the day's winners repeated their championship run of 2012, and came in as the top team with a round of -11. Noting that strong putting was once again the difference maker, were champions Andy Coburn, Ben Dingwall, J.D. Pinder and Brayden Ziegler.
Mike Johnson was the lucky winner of the putting contest, and Harry Warmington won the “Beat the Pro” draw. Closest to the pin honours went to Dale Small and Keith MacMillan. Mike Schwindt was a double winner on the day, earning prizes for closest to the pin and the longest putt made. Bill Nelson also did double duty, winning a closest to the pin prize and one for closest to the creek.