Heat melts down Hollies Golf Hickory Hacker event

Golf scribe Pat Little gives the who, what, where, when, why and how of the scene at Hollies.

The first ever Port Alberni “Hickory Hackers” event came and went with little fanfare probably due more to the extreme heat more than anything else.

We were entertained by players who came from all around Vancouver Island dressed in the times of the hickory shafted golf club.

There were long skirts, bow ties, plus fours, mustaches, and even an 89-year-old Howie Meeker, who I am pleased to say, walked the course.  While disappointed in our Port Alberni response, the Hollies, never the less were very grateful to Larry Gavelin and Ralph Bouwman, the former for his enthusiasm, and the latter for spirit. You guys propped up the image of Port Alberni.

Preban Rasmussen did not need a wooden shafted club of any sort to take the Jim’s Clothes Closet low gross of the week’s men’s night, recording a one over par 31. That score was two better than his Big “O” sidekick,  Denis Debolt. Meanwhile, after a brief absence, Trevor Cripps shot a 27 after handicap to take the Fairway Market low net of the evening, taking out local Ken Moore in retrogression.

Joining Debolt were Dave Mann, newcomer Wes Hewit, Frank Sheare, Robert Edgell, Wayne Johnsone, and Richard Allen for the Duncan, Sabine Collyer, Partners K.P. prizes.

Meanwhile, Debolt has taken a commanding lead in the Remax Player of the year over last week’s leader Ed Byrne.  There was no change in the Howard Johnson Ringerboard competition as both Ron Lange and Barry Ensor hold slim leads at five under pars of 25.

Our Ty Watson House contributions are now over $1,600 and interestingly, neither deuce pot was won bringing their totals to $165 and $225 respectively for holes No. 3 and No. 8.

Also, it has been 669 days since any golfer has claimed the “Lubex” $100 bounty for a score of 27 or better on men’s night.

*Pat Little pens the Hollies Golf column.