A record number of golfers teed off in the Second Annual Dan Baker Charity Memorial Golf Tournament held Aug. 25 at the Lillooet Sheep Pasture Golf Course.
A total of 104 golfers participated in this year’s event, breaking the record of 99 set at the First Annual affair.
The weather was perfect for golf, with the temperature reaching a balmy 28 degrees C, which only added to the fabulous time enjoyed by all. The golfers came from as far away as Ottawa, Fort McMurray, Alta. and various locations throughout BC to enjoy the day with the many locals who participated.
A crowd of 150 later congregated at the Legion for a fantastic meal prepared by Ailsa Wolfe, assisted by her capable volunteers from the local food bank. As last year, every golfer received a prize and the order of selection was drawn out of a hat.
The winners of this year’s tournament on a count-back, with a score of 37, were the team of Judy and Darrell Coldwell, Steve Alain and Tanner Sheridan. They won over the Jim McKay and Denise Sheridan teams.
Once again, the winning team received beautiful pottery pieces made by Halyna Smolarczuk and Erdman Tuemp. In addition this year, there were smaller versions of of the pottery pieces with “black sheep” on a green for the most honest golfers. That award went to the team consisting of Rhea Miller, Angel Haddad, Angie Illidge and Taylor Polischuk. Their score will not be released.
There were also pottery pieces awarded in both the men’s and women’s category for the longest putt, longest drive, closest to the line and closest to the pin on the $10,000 hole-in-one hole, which unfortunately was not won by anyone.
Special souvenir pieces were presented to Bob and Judy Matheson, who traveled from Ottawa for this year’s tournament, and to Bob Sheridan for his major contributions, not only to this tournament but many other tournaments as well.
The highlight of the evening was the awarding of the Dan Baker Volunteer Award. This year, the award went to Fred Moffat, who is the person most responsible for the fantastic shape the golf course is in this year. Congratulations and way to go, Fred.
Another highlight was a wine tasting set up between Holes 1 and 2 featuring Fort Berens Estate Winery products. It was staffed by Sharon O’Neil. Another beverage hole, capably run by Noel Baker and Linda McBride, was a popular spot to share memories and stories of Dan. It was located between Holes 4 and 5. The concession (the food was great!) was between Holes 6 and 7 and was operated by members of the recently re-established Lillooet Skateboard and BMX Society.
Thank you Lillooet. You Rock. See you on Aug. 31, 2013.