BY PATRICK LITTLE
Mark Moore, along with his brother Darren joined the Hollies earlier in the year and golf almost non-stop on weekends. This past holiday was no different except for one odd incident.
Mark came in during the afternoon to cool off with a beverage, explaining how he had twice hit the pin with his tee shots on holes No. 6 and No. 8 earlier in the day. Unfortunately, neither shot fell in the hole for that first hole in one. Then, as if guided by some devine hand, Mark went out for one last round and this time, his shot found the mark as he scored his first hole in one on the 119-yard sixth hole.
On a separate note, we also had a phone call from our former home in Vernon, where it was revealed my wife Jackie will be inducted into the Okanagan Valley Sport Hall of Fame this coming November—the only golfing member! She will be inducted along with NHL hockey notables, Eddie Johnstone and Kenny Holland.
Big “O” Tires owner Denis Debolt is the owner of one of three holes in one here at the course this year, and used it to his advantage by scoring an even par round of 30 to take the Fairway Market low gross during last weeks men’s night. His score was two better than Ken Moore.
There was a three-way tie for the Duncan Sabine Collyer Partners low net. In the countback to determine the winner, Richard Allen defeated Robin Woodward with honorable mention to Bob Veenkamp.
The deuce pot was not won so it will be worth $150 on hole No. 8 and $60 on No. 3 next week. Joining Debolt were Shane Bortoletto, Ron Lange, Ron Nelson, Dale Clark, and Brian Mitchell in the K.P. winnings.
Ken Moore still leads the Howard Johnson ringerboard with a slim one-shot margin over Ron Lange, Barry Ensor, and Denis Debolt.
Debolt meanwhile has a lead in the Remax player of the year which may end up being unbeatable, unless someone steps up to the plate. It has now been 697 days since the score of “27” has been tied or beaten here at Hollies.
As I write this, it is now September and the season has gone by in a literal blur of time. It’s hard to believe that the year end club championship is only weeks away, during Ryder Cup week Saturday, Sept. 29. Already a quarter of the field is in and paid for in this one-of-a-kind event.
Remember, it is the first 40 men and women for the 18-hole finale along with lunch and dinner. The defending men’s gross champion is Frank Sheare, while Norm Mecredi is the defending low net champion.
Thursday, Sept. 27 is the last men’s night; our annual sponsor night featuring the presence of our great local business sponsors in addition to our fantastic guys who have faithfully supported our charity, Ty Watson House.
Remember, if you have participated in at least six men’s nights during the season, your steak on the final night is on us. A list in the pro shop will outline who is eligible. Let’s make it a night for our sponsors.
At this time, we have well over $2,000 for Ty Watson House and look to eclipse $2,500 by then.
Lastly, for those who are still keen and lust for some competitive golf in October, we are hosting some informal weekend competitions featuring nine holes of golf, chili on a bun, and play for cash afternoons at a discounted green fee as well. More details later.