Alberni golf in full swing

New scribe Knox Coupland kicks off the golf season with his innaugural Alberni Golf Column.

The Alberni Valley News welcomes Knox “Porchy” Coupland as the writer for the Alberni Golf Club’s men’s club this year.

The first item on the agenda is the men’s spring 4 man shamble.  Sunday March 18th is the date and a 9 AM shotgun is the starting time.  $30.00 gets you lunch and provides prizes.

Put together your own foursome or enter at the Pro Shop and you will be placed on a team.

Here is how it will be played.  All players on a team tee off, then choose which drive to use. Then, all players play their own ball to complete the hole.  The team then adds the best gross and net together to come up with the team’s score.  You must use 2 different team members scores. Each player must contribute a minimum of 3 drives.  Six inch improvement will be allowed and traps are rake and place.  All putts must be holed out.

Men’s Club opening day is Sunday, March 25.  The opening event is a four man best ball with the best net and the best gross counting on each hole. The same player cannot record both net and gross on the same hole.

Please register in the Pro Shop with your own foursome or as a single and you will be placed on a team.

The shotgun start is scheduled for 9 a.m.   Their will be a short meeting before play starts so please be at the clubhouse by 8:30.  There are 13 events scheduled through the season costing $10 to enter.

As in the past couple of years Men’s Club dues will be $10, which entitles you to some draws throughout the season and on windup day.

The Club Championship qualifying is on July 8 and will be match play again.  Any of you hot shot golfers who would like to be Club Champion will have to contend with last years champion Jim Proteau, so sharpen your game.

A couple of important reminders.  On Sunday mornings there will be two boxes set up.  One is for the money pot and the other for the charity closest to the pin.  They are $2 each and you must register your name in each.  The charity is usually set up on No. 2 hole.  If you haven’t entered please do not write your name on the card, no matter how close you are.

Club Captain Fred Fredrickson has a couple of other challenging events which he will go over with you before teeing off on Sunday.

Just a reminder, please fill out score cards correctly, last name, gross score, handicap and net scores.