On Sunday Aug.19, the Thompson Golf Club hosted the 46th-annual Senior Men’s and Ladies Open golf tournament with 35 players entered, – eight ladies and 27 men. To be eligible a player must have reached the age of 50 on the day of the tournament. The weatherman provided the players with sunshine and a temperature around 20 degrees Celsius. It was soup and sandwiches at noon to get things going and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. for 18 holes of golf. Upon completion of the golf, it was supper and prize presentation, with lots of door prizes thanks to the many sponsors. Rick’s Marine sponsored a hole-in-one contest on hole five, open to all players. There was no ace, but if there was, that player would have received $3,500 in golf merchandise gift cards and their playing partners $500 of the same.
In the ladies section, the championship flight was won by Sharon McKay with a score of 97, followed by Aggie Galay in second, Joyce Mymko third and Arlene Smears in fourth. In the first flight Mary Azure with a 111 score was first, Charmaine Morris second, Lydia Penner third and Caroline Azure fourth. In the men’s side, in the 50-53 age group flight, Martin Vermette with a score of 85, took first on a countback over Darrel Cater, third went to Doug Horvath and fourth to Marvin Dudley. In the 54-60 age group, Wayne Constant shooting 79 took first place, Reynold Monias second, David Kobliski third and Danny Morris fourth. In the 61-65 age group Merv McKay with a score of 82 was first followed by Earl Timons in second Leonard Linklater third and Rick Sigurdson fourth. In the 66 and over age group, Ron Mymko took first place honours with a 77, followed by Jack Thistle second, Glen Dutchak third and Earl Law fourth on a countback over Roy Wiseman.
Ladies’ long drive was tournament chairperson Joyce Mymko, with Sharon McKay winning closest to the hole. On the men’s side, long drive for the 50-59 age group was Marvin Dudley and in the 60 and over Rick Sigurdson with a booming drive on hole six, took the honours. Closest to the hole at 7’ 8” was Ron Mymko edging out Stan Galay by one inch; they were also playing in the same foursome. Closest to the line on hole six, which was open to all players, Lydia Penner was the winner.
It was a great day of golf, followed by fellowship, before and after golf in the clubhouse. A big thank you to Kenton Fayant, clubhouse manager, for doing the groupings, scoring and acting as rules chairman.