The outgoing 2009 was a very strange season in many ways on and off the golf course…
Scorching drought, world-wide economic collapse, loss of a great member and Tiger Woods not winning a major championship were just some things that left us scratching our heads.
Our season continued with some great times here at Pheasantback as our main events (golf parties) kicked into high gear near the end of May. Our Oilpersons’ tournament was a great way for all of our oil and gas friends to hang out, have some fun and just relax for a weekend on the golf course.
The Jaiden Robbins Memorial was a great day as well. Ryan and Jen Robbins had a wonderful group come out and together all of us helped raise over $30,000 for the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton. This day brought a smile to everyone’s face and the occasional tear to the eye, as well as showing another example of our small community doing big things.
The Oilers Fans vs Flames Fans Ryder Cup was once again a hit. Lots of friendly competition and everyone’s common goal of having an awesome time makes this our most fun ‘golf party’ of the season. The Oilers Fans team was victorious again by a very slim margin.
Jamie had our course in great shape once again, drawing praise from golfers all over the province and even some players here from Texas. Jamie and his staff worked hard on #18’s bunker renovations, and are getting close to completion, so get ready for a new look to our home hole next season.
Some of our staff members and club members had some noteworthy accomplishments on the links this year.
Assistant pro Jeff Potter qualified for the CPGA (Canada Professional Golf Association) giving us our third CPGA professional on staff. Jeff also taught junior golf both at Pheasantback and at the Stettler Golf Club. Clint McAllister represented us in junior golf events all around Alberta and posted some great scores. Members Brad Syson, Shawn Schwartz, Kyle Shingoose, Ron Hilz and Jerry Miller all competed in tournaments around Alberta and we are very proud to have them representing Pheasantback and the town of Stettler.
Finally, I’d like to acknowledge the loss of one of our greatest members, Ted Connor. Ted made our day when he’d come out to play (no matter what the weather was like) and treated all of us with an uncommon kindness. Just writing these few words for him makes me grin. On behalf of all of us at Pheasantback, Thank you, Ted.
Pheasantback would like to thank everyone in Stettler for your continued support. We pride ourselves in being one of Stettler’s many small businesses that we can be proud of and look forward to continuing to support and give back to the community, bringing more tourism, and representing Stettler in the golf community.