Charlie Shaw tournament a success for the Blyth Lions Club
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
Last Friday, the Blyth Lions Club was finally able to host its first-ever Charlie Shaw Memorial Golf Tournament, which the club now hopes to make an annual event after the success of the first one.
The team of Kirk Stewart, Tyler Stewart, Chad Haggit and Dave Meriam won the men’s competition of the best ball tournament with a score of 15 under par.
Second was the team of Jeff Peters, Justin Peters, Cole Stewart and Chris Stewart with a score of 13 under par, while the team of Glen Ditner, Jason Steinmann, Adam Suski and Jeff Robinson, finished third in the men’s class with a score of eight under par.
With a round of 13 under par, the team of Greg Burns, Sandy Burns, Vicky Colquhoun and Jack Watson won the mixed class, followed by the team of Paul Warwick, Virginia Warwick, Audrey Skinner and Steve Skinner in second place with a score of four under par.
The McDonalds - Mike, Jenna, Nick and Greg - finished third with a score of three under par.
There were also a number of competitions on specific holes over the course of the tournament. Justin Peters had the men’s longest drive of the day, while Jenna McDonald had the women’s longest drive. Audrey Skinner claimed the women’s closest-to-the-pin prize, while Kirk Stewart was closest to the pin for the men. Jenna McDonald also had the day’s longest putt for the women, while Ed Podniewicz had the men’s longest putt of the day.
Cathy Strickland, Kathi McGee, Cathy-Jo Thom and Heather Van Dorp were dubbed the tournament’s “most honest” team with a score of 84, 14 over par, while the team of Mark Nesbit, Erin Nesbit, Scott Bromley and Veronica Lee were the “Luck of the Draw” team with a round of 72, equating to two over par.
Long-time Lions Club member and one of the tournament’s organizers John Stewart said he felt the tournament was a success for the club. Though he could not determine a concrete figure just yet, he said he was pleased with the money raised for improvements at Blyth Lions Park and the Lions exchange camp, named for the late Charlie Shaw.
The tournament was full, with 26 teams on the course at Goderich Sunset Golf Club and several on the waiting list.
Stewart said he felt the event went very well, adding that the weather was good, the course was in excellent shape and everyone seemed to have fun. In addition to the support from those at Goderich Sunset and the Lions Club, Stewart said he was really happy to see all the help from Shaw’s family members.
He also noted that he was very happy with the level of support from the business community. Knowing it has been a hard 18 months for most local businesses, he said that the club invited them to take part, but certainly understood if business owners declined. However, just about all the businesses that the club asked got involved, either putting a team into the tournament, sponsoring a hole or donating a raffle prize.
The tournament will now be an annual event for the club, with the 2022 tournament already scheduled for Friday, Aug. 12 at the Goderich Sunset Golf Club again.