Cpl Darin Underhill, RCMP
The tournament went as planned on Aug. 25, with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. We ended up with 16 teams made up of competitors from Clearwater, Barriere, Kamloops and the Lower Mainland. We did have some last minute interest that would have pushed us to 18 teams but unfortunately the draw was already made. We are certain the tournament will fill up quick next year.
The weather cooperated with a gorgeous day in the high twenties and a light breeze. The course was in fantastic shape for the golfers with lush fairways and quick greens. There was some great golf played with amazing shots and some fun golf with interesting shots. We had a winning team that ended up four under par with a 32 taking home the coveted trophy. They are a returning team that have won this tournament two other times over the last 15 years. The highest scoring team was at 44, eight over par and won the not so coveted pink spade (for filling in their divots).
We had ladies’ and men’s long drive and closest to the pin prizes with some excellent shots made. We have to note that the ladies long drive was further than just about all other golfers were hitting it, awesome tee shot. The hole in one was close with a shot right on line, then started to spin coming to a stop, unfortunately leaving it about six feet short of the hole. The putting competition was a very entertaining and difficult four hole course with the winner completing it in 11 shots.
The evening ended with a fantastic meal put on by the Chinook Cove Golf Course and presentations. Each team was called with the lowest scoring team first to receive their trophy. As each team was called they drew a number from the bucket and received the corresponding prize on the table. This gave all competitors a fair chance at all prizes. Everyone went home with a prize that was at minimum $45 value up to $130 value. There were also a number of great door prizes that were handed out and a table of silent auction items.
Everyone that attended had a great time with a beautiful day, great course, lots of laughs and some goodies to take home. At the end of the day the tournament raised around $8,000. Our committee will look at our youth initiatives in the area and make a decision as to where the money will go. We will be donating $500 for a bursary to the family of Bonnie Cruzelle-Myram to be presented to a graduating student from the Barriere Secondary School in 2013. The selection of the student receiving the memorial bursary will be done by the family or their delegate.
We will be accepting donation request applications for area youth initiatives from all groups, organizations or individuals up to Oct. 15. You can pick up a form at the Barriere RCMP Detachment with the funds being allocated by Oct. 31 for the selected youth initiative.