Hollies Golf: Putting up a pole of memories

Check out the happenings with Pat Little at Hollies Golf.

Putting up a flagpole is not easy. First, one has to get the pole.  If you have money, no problem; we don’t.

A customer of ours, Ron Lange, had a neighbour who had an old 21-foot pole with a 6.5” diameter from a fishing boat that he wanted to part with. Another great customer, Rob Longeuay of First Glass, helped me bring the pole to the club with his specially designed vehicle.

Then Troy Dhillon from Alberni Foundry found me the right channel iron to support the post. Once I poured the concrete support, a cast of the Hollies’ best determined how to pin the post. Once hoisted, member Gail Bridge and Stuart Rodger, a retired pilot, determined its vertical position.

Finally, with the help of Roy Bridge,  Larry Gavelin and Denis Debolt of Big O Tires as well as a cast of onlookers, we positioned a flag with pulleys and cleats.

Today, the final touch. A large gold golf ball is being placed on top of the pole and has a list of names inside the ball.   The list includes the above names as well as all the golfers who have stayed loyal to the Hollies during the time Jackie and I have owned the golf course.

Those names are there to remind us of those who have helped us through tough times here. The flag pole is our thanks.

It was a big night for Barry Ensor as he picked up half of the deuce pot money on hole No. 8, along with Trevor Cripps.  Ensor also took the low gross, shooting an even par round of 30 to tie Ron Lange, the latter losing in retrogression.

Vern Weiss of Duncan Sabine Collyer Partners, the man who oversees charitable contributions to our charity, Ty Watson House, took the low net with a five-under-par 25, one better than Norm Mecredi, who was one shot off his personal best score.

Along with Ensor and Lange, KP winners were Lyle Price, Rob Longeuay, Jean Monette, and Ed Byrne.

Ken Waugh still leads the Re/Max Player of the year, while Dale Clarke is breathing closely down his back.

In the Howard Johnson Ringerboard, there is a three-way tie between Waugh, Ken Moore, and Ron Lange, all with one-under-par scores of 29. The deuce pot will have $120 on hole No. 3, while the rain barrel classic’s pot is more than $50.

Our Ty Watson House contributions are currently more than $740.

Thank you, everyone, and remember: “Your life is too valuable not to golf.”

 

Pat Little pens the Hollie’s Golf column.

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