The golf course was in fine shape after the winter, there was very little winter kill on the greens and the fairways were in great shape.
With the safety regulations that came with CoVid19, no golfers were allowed on the golf course.
Other clubs in the District, Delayed their opening until they could ensure the safety of the workers and golfers as well.
When the course did open for play, each golfer had to have a tee time booked, ride alone on his or her cart and golfers were started 20 minutes apart. On the green the cups had a sponge ring around the pin so no ball could drop into the hole, this safety measure ensured that no one had to disinfect the pins in between the player. The next step on the greens saw the cups put in upside down and the sponge ring was removed, this allowed the ball to fall partway into the hole but not enough to warrant touching the pin, this satisfied the golfers.
Senior men’s golf started on June 18th with all the protocols in place, 14 golfers took part and played best ball.
Team #1 was Brian McCallum sr, Ed Kennedy, Brent Dyck and Ron Speck. they turned in a lightning shortened round of 73.
Team # 2 With Franco Calvelli, Alan Bruyere, Richard Lampi and Harry Bruyere ( his first round in 14 years). they had a 71 with a lightning shortend round.
Jean Lambert headed up team #3 with Vern Hebert and Herb Rhorig turning in a 72.
Team # 4 consisting of Scotty Russell, Roy Decorte and Ray Laquerre shot a 5 birdie round and recorded a 68 and won the bragging rights for the day, well done guys. they completed their round beating the rain and lightning.
24 golfers took advantage of the great weather to come out to play golf .
Ed Kennedy, set up the daily outing with the format of best ball.with each golfer having to use two of his drives for the front nine and two on the back nine. captains were chosen by handicap and each captain drew for their players.
Tim Fairburn and his team of Scottie Russell, Ed Kennedy and Gord Martin toured the course with a Five Under 67, good for first place.
Mark Clark along with Terry (no last name) and Wayne Thomas were one shot behind with a 68,which tied them Todd Bryck , Brian McCallum and Richard Lampi, good for a tie for second.
Franco Calvelli , Ray Carlson and Lance Beauregard shot a 72 as did the team of Jean Lambert, Brian Ferguson and Allan Bruyere, good for a tie for third place.
Coming in the final position were the teams of Mark Labossierre,Dave (?) and Roy Decorte with a 76 as did the team of Ray Laquerre,Vern Hebert and Harry Bruyere.
player played from the red tees on the front and back nines.
A foggy morning greeted the LaCopa seniors mixed golf group as they assembled at the golf course at Cottonwood country Club, for their regular Friday golf. The weather was foggy and a bit of misty rain was falling at the ten o’clock tee time.
It Did not seem to bother the golfers much and the headed out onto the fairways.
The fairways and the greens are also in great shape and the greens are fast.
Twenty golfers took part and were looking forward to the days chalanges even thought a misty rain was falling,
it only lasted about 15 minutes.
the scores refected the conditions and were a bit above the average scores of the golfers.
from the luck of the draw, the red team turned in the lowest combined score of 146 and took the bragging wrights for the day. Duane Miller shot a 37, Dan Lunnesman 34, Richard Recker 42 and Richard Lampi a 33.
Doug Mazur shot a 39, Keith Bess had the lowest round of the day with a 31 and a birdie on #3, Harry LaCore turned in a 39 and Jim Williams a 46.
The pink team score was 155, good for second place.
The Blue teams total was 156 for the day. Teresa Williams shot a 42, Gary Millar scored a 37 (matched his father’s 37) Jerry Pape turned in a 38 and Joyce Foy shot a 39 with a birdie on her first hole.
The foursome of David Andrews 41, Jo LaCore 40, Bev Gaudagnollo 41 and Sandra Olson 37, made up the Green Team, their total strokes for the day was 159.
The White team led by Tony Gaudagnollo who shot a 34 with a birdie on # 7, Merv Andrews, who had trouble adjusting to the short holes and had to chip back from behind the greens, shot a 38.
Nancy Ruhlow carded a 46 and Tracy Andrews scored a 45 to round out a team score of 163 for the day.
Tony Gaudagnollo and his Wife Bev along with Richard Lampi made up the red team and teed off first at the Cottonwood golf course. the temperature was a nice pleasant 65 degree’s with partly sunny skies.
the players played regular golf, and to see who had the bragging rights for the week the total score from each team was used.
Tony shot a 40, Bev shot a 41 and Richard a 34 for a total of 115 strokes to get around the course, that was good for 3rd place.
The yellow team of Doug Mazur with a 40, Harry La Core shot a 37 and Keith Bess turned in a 35 for a team total of 112 strokes. that was good enough to take second place.
Dan Lunnesman took 34 stokes to make it around the course, Jo La Core turned in a 37 and Duane Miller scored a 37 and that added up to 108 strokes for the green team and the best score of the day.
even the nice weather and the happy attitude of the players did not produce a birdie on the day, but there was a hint of a golf club sailing through the air.
The Atikokan Senior Men’s open golf tournament was played on Aug 14th. and was opened with a moment of silence for Peter Barna,
who has been involved in this tournament as a player and organizer .
Atikokan oldest active golfer Max Clement, opened the tournament with a nice drive past the corner on # 1.
Greg Tighe, took the championship flight, to win the 30th annual Seniors Open, with a come from behind score of 75
Kevin Cain took second with a 77 on a count back leaving Don Robertson (77) in third.
After the front nine, Don Robertson had a one stroke lead (36) over Russ Desserre (37) and a three stroke lead over
Kevin Cain (39) and Greg Tighe (39).
The back nine started great for Don, as he tallied an Eagle on # ten, Russ Desserre birdied it and was now two behind Don.
Greg took a 6 which put him 6 behind the leader, Kevin birdied it and was now 4 back.
Then the tides turned and over the next 5 holes Don’s lead was gone and Greg was clear of the field by two strokes and held this to the end, nice comeback Greg.
Tournament organizer Ray Laquerre presented Greg, with the Barney Modeland Memorial Trophy.
Flight one winners were, Franco Calvelli (83), Jerry Cripps (84) and Raymond Roy (92) on a count back.
Flight two winners: Jean Lambert (93 count back), Keith Kiervey (93) and Gordon Hoskins (94).
Flight three winners: Ron Speck (83), Mickey Desserre (93) and Alton Pollard with a (95).
Ron shot his way to a ten stroke lead by the end of his round.
4th Flight winners were: Gary Braun with a 87, Harold Mosley a 91 and Harley Beauregard with a 95.
5th Flight winners: Brian McCallum with a 97, Steve Geddes 103 on a count back and Ed Kennedy 103 on a count back.
6th flight winners: Richard Lampi 94, Scotty Russell 95 and Allen Bruyerre shot a 106.
52 players from across northwestern Ontario to British Columbia, took in the annual event.
Longest Drive: longest drive seniors for 50 to 70 age group, was Todd Bryck.
Barry Anderson had the longest drive of those over 70 .
Most accurate Drive on #7 was Alton Pollard
Closest to the pin on # 6 Keith Kiervy and closest on # 16 was Scotty Russell.
Thanks to Maxine McCallum and Sally Speck for taking care of the Scoring and posting of the scores.
Thanks to , for the great meal prepared for the event by First Round Draft Sports Bar & Grill
Thanks to all of the golf cart owners who donated their carts for the day,and those who sponsored
and/or donated to the event.