The fifth annual Kelly Smith Memorial Golf Tournament was a huge success.
The Aug. 14 event at Glacier Greens attracted 73 golfers and raised $7,333 for the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada.
That was more than organizer Jerry Snook had hoped for. “In the past four years we made probably $5,000. I’m hoping to make $5,000 just this year, and that’s because we have Comox Valley Nissan as a major sponsor,” Snook said prior to the fundraiser.
Sgt. Kelly Smith was a deputy fire chief at 19 Wing Comox Fire Service. Five years ago in April, the 52-year-old passed away from a heart attack. He had no history of heart problems, Snook noted.
This was the first year the tourney has been open to the public.
“There was no hole in one, so Comox Valley Nissan got their two vehicles back. And no one won the $5,000 that Coastal Transportation and Storage had up for grabs for two hole in ones,” Snook said.
The overall winners of the Kelly Smith Memorial were Kevin Hunt, Willie Oliver, Barry Norris and Bruce Napier. Winners of the Capt. Stewart Rennie Memorial trophy, presented to the fire department with the lowest score, went to 19 Wing’s Lorne Hicks, Mario Chretien, Marty Francis and Mark Dugas.
The Rennie trophy is in honour of Comox firefighter Capt. Stewart Rennie, who suffered a heart attack two years ago, Snook noted.
Snook thanked all the sponsors:
Hole sponsors – Comox Valley Nissan, C.T.S., Discovery Harbour Fuels, Comox Fire Rescue, Georgia Strait Towing, Bryce Hansen ReMax, Guillevin International, Levitt Safety, Longlands Golf Course, Christiaan Horsfall- ReMax, Northern Ropes, Kal Tire, Hartman Auto Supplies, Little City Signs, Fine Line Embroidery, Campbell River Whale Watching.
Prize sponsors – Comox Valley Nissan, Comox Golf Course, Longlands, WFR, Lordco, Midlands, Guillevin, Discovery Harbour Fuels, Comox Fire Rescue, Campbell River Whale Watching, Leeward Cold Beer and Wine, Levitt Safety, Paul Bock/National Car Sales.