A combination of bright sun and shining stars combined to make the inaugural Comox Taxi Team Charity Golf Tournament a success.
On Wednesday, June 29 at Glacier Greens – with celebrities Cassie Campbell-Pascal and Ty Wishart in attendance – the morning clouds lifted and it turned out to be a perfect day for the 18-hole tourney, which raised money for the Courtenay Recreation LINC Youth Centre and Comox Military Family Resource Centre.
"The participants contested for five hole-in-one prizes, but no one drove away with the car, boat, cash, ATV or business lunch for 40, although there were a few who came very close," said tournament chairperson John Lalonde.
"Everyone was a winner on this day. The participants were treated to, if we may brag a bit, a well-organized golf tournament where they received a well-stocked swag bag and NHL-style jersey with event crest at check-in.
"The barbecue steak/chicken buffet dinner by Glacier Greens Social Centre was super. There were lots of items to bid on at the live and silent auctions and, of course, awards and prizes for the winners," Lalonde added.
"Both charities were winners as over $18,000 to date has been raised and we have a few revenue streams we are still working on. Our major sponsors, who have stood by us, deserve a great deal of credit, as it is their up-front contributions that allowed us to move forward with confidence to put on this charity event," Lalonde said.
"Our celebrity guests did an outstanding job greeting all the teams as they arrived at hole No. 15. Cassie and Ty also took a shot at the hole with hopes of getting their ball close to the pin to help out each team. There was only 10 times out of 34 teams that Cassie and Ty did not have a ball in play on the green," Lalonde noted.
Finishing first with a gross of 62 and net of 52.9 after handicap factor was team 14B of Hal Fraser, Chris Ouimet, Steve Blanchard and Margie Blanchard. Second with gross 64 and net 53.1 was team 2A of Edd Moyes, Roger McKinnon, Jonathan Veale an Kevin Sears.
Third with gross 67 and net 54.7 was team 15B of Garry Wiebe, Jim Zsiros, Phil Novekosky and Pete Knight. Most honest team with a gross 84 and net 68.7 was team 1A of Brenda Nicholls, Caroline Neumann, Trish McMahon and Doug Bell.
Long drive men was Scott Myles and long drive ladies was Deb Snowden. KPs went to: men #4 Jim Kingston, men #7 Tim Trottier, men #12 Robert Mulrooney, ladies #12 Deb Snowden, men #15 Rob Mulrooney, ladies #15 Michelle Berard, men #17 Laury Haines, ladies #17 Brenda Nicholls.