Big Valley's Jim Paul Jr. tees off from Hole 1 at the Big Valley Mixed Golf Tournament on Sunday morning

Big Valley's Jim Paul Jr. tees off from Hole 1 at the Big Valley Mixed Golf Tournament on Sunday morning

Big Valley Mixed Golf Tournament fundraises for facility upgrades

Golfers couldn't have asked for better weather as the Big Valley golf course hosted a mixed tournament for the community to fundraise...

Golfers couldn’t have asked for better weather as the Big Valley golf course hosted a mixed tournament for the community to fundraise for some essential clubhouse improvement on Sunday morning, Aug. 7.

“Funds for improvement are needed at the golf course itself,” said John Paul, president of the Big Valley Golf Club. “Tee off boxes, greens and clubhouse improvement among others.”

With 24 golfers participating in the tournament and a handful of volunteers, the golf club was able to raise about $1,200.

“We have a good group of local people and some loyal golfers, and my experience here has been great too,” added Paul. “Everyone pitched in, it really was a community effort.”

Paul said that he would like to try and branch out to other communities around Big Valley, “Get more word of mouth going and try to get more people to participate, that’s our aim.”

There was a total of six teams, four-person scramble and all teams were within four strokes, ranging from -10 to -6.

“The tournament is always a great time,” said Sandra Schell, golfer and a club member. “As the Big Valley Golf Club is a completely volunteer club, it is essential to have great events such as this. It allows for extra funds for upgrades to the golf course.”

Schell’s team with Mike Fahey, Buster Watts and Arlene Oswald came out on top at -10.

With this tournament, raffle, and sign sponsors, Paul hopes to get some of the upgrades in place for next season, barring any unforeseen expenses.

“I would like to thank the community of Big Valley itself, it’s golf members and all the volunteers who devote their time,” said Paul. “Everyone is busy, but it is also good to see people pitching in.”

Paul thanked the sponsors of the club’s sign, scorecard and prizes.

“Without these businesses and individuals there is no way we could take on these improvements and host such fun events, such as our upcoming night club next Saturday, Aug. 13.”

Stettler’s Reid Keeley wins Men’s OpenStettler Golf Club hosted its Men’s Open on Saturday, Aug. 6 with Stettler’s Reid Keeley winning the tournament with a low score of 73. Keeley won last year.

With 52 golfers playing 18 holes, it was a great round of golf, especially with the weather keeping up.

Scott Roberts finished second, while recording his first ever hole-in-one on the sixth hole.

“It was the course’s fifth hole-in-one of the year,” said manager Ernie Shirreff.

Overall low net champion was Ryan Coleman with a net score of 64.

Other flight winners being Rory Rost, Andy Vanderlee, Bryan Rymal and Ed McKay.