Gary Cook tees off on the first hole at Cottonwood country club
Gary Cook tees off on the first hole at Cottonwood country club
Driftwood open winter classic.
Max Clement’s driftwood winter classic was held on April 3 rd 2016,
This golf tournament has been held for 20 plus years, and is played on the ice in front of Max’s cabin
on Driftwood bay on the floodwaters (Marmion lake Reservoir),north of the Atikokan Hydro Generating Station site.
Some years the ice conditions were very poor and the tournament was not held.
This years classic started with a stop at the White Otter Inn where everyone had a full breakfast
to get them warmed up and mentally prepared to face the minus 12 degree temps and a 15 km wind
that was waiting for them on the Lake.
the snow was falling and there had been about 4 cm on the ice.
Driftwood bay, got its name for all the driftwood and stumps that are present in the bay, this area was flooded in 1926
as a storage area for the hydro dam at the moose lake hydro station
Max, with his three Grandsons, Adam Clement, Max and his twin brother Gregg Fulton, with Ray Laquerre and Richard Lampi rounded out the golfers who braved the weather to participate in this classic.
The game was played one day after Max’s 90th birthday.
The Seniors open 2015 kicked off with a full house of 72 golfers registered for the event.
The Weather was nice and sunny and warm, perfect conditions for the event.
This is one of two times that Dave scored a hole in one. This one, was on the 7th hole at kitchen creek golf club just outside of Fort Frances, Ontario.
Terry is on the left and Don Hughes on the right with Dave Bragg in the center.
Thanks to Sid and Joyce for the update.
On March 15 th , Gerry Busch made a hole in one on hole number 4 using a 5 wood. It was witnessed by her golf partner Bill Stewart. It was the second one this year, the fourth overall by our group and the second on hole #4 ( Gary, #9; Joyce, #4; Sid, #1). These people have/will have the names engraved on the plaques on the wall.
Gerry has also been cooking up some good scores. Over the past 2 or 3 weeks she has had a total score, for the 9 holes, of 28 on two occasions. Other than Fred’s 29, I can’t think of any other scores in the twenties this year.
February 8th golf
The foursome of Gary Cook, Don Riesberg, Richard Lampi and George Coulson braved the sun and warm temperatures at Cottonwood.
They hoped that the nice weather would show up on the score cards with nice scores.
Gary led the way with 8 Bogeys and a par to score a 35. Not much to write about on Gary’s game , it was up the middle, chip, put, put, and on to the next hole.
Don played the first four holes great but on the 5th hole he had a guest sitting on his shoulder
telling him to hit ball hard to get acrossthe water.
He hit it as hard as he could and was rewarded with a 50 yard drive, just short of the canal, hit his second onto the green,took 3 to get it in the hole, for a 5.
On hole # six, another comment from his guest got him a 30 yarder, resulting in another 5.
From there Don was not listening to his guest any more and finished his round with a 36.
Richard was playing bogey golf until he scored a 5 o # 5. Then on #8 he tried a lob wedge from about 30 yards out,and like Tiger Woods only hit it 10 yards and finished with a 6.
#9 proved no better, his drive went over the green then chip, chip, chip, put, put for a 6 and all the strokes added up to a season high of 41.
George was doing fine until # 5 where his putter failed him and he had a 6, hole # 7 and # 9 he scored 5’s and his total for the day was a 40.
Monday Feb. 9th:
Sid joined Don, George and Richard on a nice warm day that started out with a few clouds then turned into a sunny day.
Everyone played well, and were tied on the score sheet with 31’s after eight holes.
Sid parred the last hole and ended up with a 34 for the round. Don had a bogey on the last hole, his score was a 35.
George and Richard both shot 5’s and ended up with 36 for the round.
Just a reminder :
There will be a group of golfers going over to Treasure Hills golf club for 3:00 pm on Wednesday Feb 11th.
If your are interested contact Bill Stewart.
GOLF’S EARLY HISTORY
What do you think makes the game of golf unique?
It involves striking a ball with a club, cross country, into a hole.
No other early club and ball game had these three essential elements of golf.
Many countries have claimed the origins of golf. The Chinese and the Dutch have both claimed to have created the game of golf.
The Dutch had a courtyard club and ball game and another game played on ice where the ball was propelled towards a post.
Meanwhile, centuries ago, the Chinese played a game using equipment remarkably similar to golf clubs, apparently to hit a ball into a hole in courtyards. However, it is only in Scotland that the three essential elements of golf were met.
The game of golf can be traced to Scotland. In 1457, parliament banned the game so that more time would be spent on archery practice, which was necessary for Scotland’s defence at the time.
Following the 1501 repeal of the ban, the game prospered. The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers was the world’s first golf club, organized in 1744.
They should have left the ban on the game.
I think it would be easier to hit a deer running at 20 miles per hour at 30 yards, than it is to hit the golf ball many times to get 450 yards down the fairway and into a little hole in the ground. not to mention the hazzards that go long with the game, hooks, slices, sand traps, water, dubs, and not looking at the ball when you are tying to hit it.
who showes up to golf
It seems, in golf that each golfer has two persona’s, one that is a good golfer and the other is
the evil twin.
On any given day, we do not know which person will show up when we go golfing. Todays golf at Cottonwood
George Coulson, Sid Bina, Don Reisberg and Richard Lampi, teed off # 1.
George and Sid hit to the left side if the green, Richard to the right. Don hit the green and was left with a 15 footer
which he drained for a Birdie, a great way to start the game.
On # 2 Don’s Evil twin showed up and for the next two holes, he hung around resulting in a 5 and a 6. Then he was gone and Don played
good golf for the rest of the round, adding another Birdie on #7, for a 31
George matched Don’s Birdie with one of his own on #7, with Sid and Richard with pars on that hole.
Sid shot steady golf all day and finished with a 33. Richard stayed out of the water for a change and shot a 32.
George’s evil twin kept on comming back to visit him which resulted in a score of 37.
Judy Bess was out in front of us and Arthur Barnett played with her from hole # 2.
As we were finishing our round Howard and Dianne Stewart were starting thier round, hope they had a good round.
Another nice warm sunny morning on the Cottonwood golf coarse, and the group from LaCopa took full advantage of the weather.
Don, George and Richard were out front with a treesome, Sid, Joyce and Art ( new to the group this year) were the second group off.
They were followed by Bill and Nancy with Howard and Dianne.
Bill and Jerry were also out on the coarse and looks like this group of hardy golfrs are using the coarse to the max.
Just how the other golfers scored is not known but Don shot a 38, george a 39 and Richard shot his best round of the season with a 31.
The only golfers missing were Kieth and Judy, Gary and Doug.
After playing 9 holes this morning, and the weather warming up to pleasant temps with verry little wind, George, Sid and Richard hit the links for another nine holes.
George started off with a Birdie on the 110 yard Hole # 1 (his first of the this year) but the good feeling soon was gone as he had 5’s on the next two holes and ended up the round with a 38.
Richard played military golf off the tees all day, on # 6 he hit another ball in the water,( second one today) at the end, all the strokes added up to 38, the same as George.
After the 31 Sid shot this morning, he was full of hope, but the golf gods were not kind to him and he started off with 5’s on each of the first three holes.
Aflter that he settled down and played better and got his first birdie of this year on the 95 yard # 7.