Over 60 golfers gathered at River Valley Golf and Country Club Saturday to remember a great man and to raise money for a great cause.
The event was the 2nd annual Gary Douglas Memorial golf tournament, played in almost perfect weather conditions. Proceeds will go to St. Marys minor hockey for underprivileged youngsters. This year, the tourney raised almost $1,700. About $1,500 was raised last year for the same cause.
Gary R. Douglas, 71, passed away on March 2, 2011 after a brave battle with cancer. A well-liked individual and avid golfer, Douglas worked over 10 years at River Valley as morning pro shop manager.
This year’s format was again a four-person Texas Scramble, and the winning team posted an 11-under-par score of 54. The entry of Brian Hartwick, Don Benner, Lloyd Wilson and Steve Audet collected a total of 12 birdies (two-thirds of the holes) during their 25-29 round. The group had seven birdies on the front nine alone. Their lone blemish was a bogey 4 on the par 3 No. 15 hole.
The team of Steve Cubberley, Ian Johnston, Josh Becker and Shawn Pringle finished a close second with a 10-under 55. A couple of foursomes posted eight-under 57s for the day. They were Will Fink, Tyler Clark, Aidan Fullerton and Justin Benner, and Helen and Ed Harrigan and Alice and John Shank.
Shooting a seven-under 58 was the team of John McCarthy, Brendan McDonald, Bob Hedberg and Gary Brunsdon.
There were five closest-to-the-pin prizes presented. They went to Brendan McDonald (No. 4), Dale Coghlin (No. 6), Team Charlie (No. 8), Dominic Ramnarian (No. 15) and Alice Shank (No. 17).
There were also a couple of longest drive winners — Sean Brogden for the men on No. 1 and Wendy Etherington for the women on No. 7.
The following players also won these draw prizes.
Bill Inch picked up a $40 gift certificate for the Annex Restaurant in Stratford as well as a tool set.
Joe Taylor won a gift certificate for the Chicopee Tube Park in Kitchener. Glenn Spearin won a River Valley golf shift. Sean Brogden won a set of Husky sockets.
–There were two skins won on Saturday, both worth $160. They were won by Team Cubberley on No. 7 and Team Shackleton on No. 12.
–The putting contest on Saturday was run by Glenn Spearin and Keri Brunsdon.
–The 50-50 draw winner ($210) was Jason Smith.
–Kudos to John McCarthy, Brendan McDonald, Sarah Forbes and David Tkaczuk for all the work they did at this year’s tournament. McCarthy also thanked all the River Valley staff for hosting the tourney.
–The silent auction was sponsored by St. Marys Golf and Country Club, Science Hill Golf and Country Club, and River Valley Golf and Country Club.
–In memory of Gary Douglas, a bench has now been placed on the No. 1 hole at River Valley. “The bench is in memory of our good friend and good man that we had in Gary Douglas,” Sarah Forbes said.
Forbes also thanked all the golfers for supporting minor hockey and underprivileged youngsters in memory of Gary Douglas.