The first annual Rossland Museum Charity Golf Tournament teed off on Saturday, July 11.
Thirty-seven golfers, making up ten teams, signed up for the tournament, and were rewarded with fine golfing weather and mild temperatures.
The event was to raise money for the museum’s renewal project, which is a major renovation and renewal of the museum’s facilities. The project will take over five years and costs are estimated at $3.5 million. Right now the museum is focused on raising money for phase one, renovating the entrance area to the museum and creating a gallery space there.
As a fundraiser the tournament was a success, raising $1200.
“We have a ton of supporters, both the golf course members and community members that are joining, but also business support for our prizes,” said Joelle Hodgins, director at the museum.
Libby Martin, president of the museum’s board, was also grateful for the support.
“It’s great to have such a turnout, and it seems like everybody was having fun,” said Martin. “It’s the first [golf tournament] we’ve ever done, and so hopefully everyone will have had such a good time, they’ll tell everyone to go do it next year.”
It was also a success among the golfers, who had a lot of fun taking part in the tournament.
“It was a lot of fun, thanks to everyone who organized it,” said golfer Kelly Rintoul.
“One of the best things about these tournaments is our balls don’t always count, so if you have a bad shot, you can shrug it off,” said Don Vockeroth. “It makes it a lot more enjoyable.”
It was a scramble tournament, so golfers got to play their balls from wherever the team’s best shot landed.
Willa Johnson, Pete Johnson, and Deb de Tremauden won in the mixed team division, which, as it happens, was the only division. There were also prizes for each of the nine holes.
Edwin MacDonald won closest to the pin on the first hole for the men, and Sandra Meger won for the women.
Al Santano and Joanne Drysdek won for longest drive on the second hole, and Iain Martin and Cate Greene won for shortest.
Libby Martin won closest woman to the pin on the third hole, and Craig McCallum and Deb de Tremauden won longest putt on the fourth hole.
Greg Granstrom won closest man to the pin on hole five, and Cate Greene got her ball closest to the painted wooden bear on the sixth hole.
Nathan Neufeld won the water draw on hole eight, and Tracy McCallum got her ball closest to the banner on hole nine.
Unfortunately no one managed a hole-in-one on the seventh hole, and that prize went unclaimed.