Winners of the 2016 Big Valley Elks Memorial tournament pose together after their successful rounds of golf on Saturday

Winners of the 2016 Big Valley Elks Memorial tournament pose together after their successful rounds of golf on Saturday

Sunny weather brings out golfers for annual Big Valley Memorial tournament

Nearly 50 golfers, men and women alike, teed off in Big Valley on Sunday, May 29, at the annual Big Valley Elks Memorial Golf tournament.

Nearly 50 golfers, men and women alike, teed off in Big Valley on Sunday, May 29, at the annual Big Valley Elks Memorial Golf tournament.

The tournament, which has been going on for decades, was named the Elmer Kerbes Memorial tournament after the death of Elk Elmer Kerbes 15 years ago. For the past two years, the tournament has honoured both Kerbes and Lloyd Duncan.

Though rain came later in the day, the tournament was well-and-over before that was a concern, with hot, sunny weather shining down on the 49 golfers taking part in the event as they traversed the course’s nine holes.

The event started with breakfast at 9 a.m., and golf followed at 10 a.m.

Curt Watts, Amanda Baird, Randy Magnussen, Lynn Tomkulak and Arlene Oswald were this year’s winners.

Both the Elks, which is open to men, and the Royal Purple, which is open to women, are looking for new members. Both groups have a membership ranging from young to senior in age, with young people being especially welcomed. Both groups meet in Big Valley on the fourth Tuesday of the month and take July and August off. The women meet starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Big Valley hall, and the men meet starting at 8 p.m. at the Legion.

Anyone interested in joining the Elks can phone Allan Jacobson at 403-876-2775. People interested in joining the Royal Purple can phone Sharon Duncan at 403-876-2779.