Golfers raise $17k for Rotary

Rotarians and their friends gathered at Mount Brenton Golf Course Saturday (Sept. 29) to participate in the Ladysmith Chemainus

Mount Brenton’s John Goodman watches his ball approach the hole at the Ladysmith and Chemainus Rotary Golf Tournament putting contest.

Mount Brenton’s John Goodman watches his ball approach the hole at the Ladysmith and Chemainus Rotary Golf Tournament putting contest.

The weekend weather couldn’t have been better for the 97 golfers participating in the second annual Ladysmith and Chemainus Rotary Golf Tournament at Mount Brenton Golf Course.

Thanks to their efforts, a total of approximately $17,000 was raised for the Rotary Clubs.

“It turned out very well, and we have to thank the Mount Brenton Golf Club for being so kind to us,” said Ladysmith Rotarian Joan Phillips, who is also on the tournament committee. “We’re very close to last year’s number.”

The team of Mike Garvie and Garvie Contracting Services won the tournament with a score of 14 under par.

Tim Hollett managed to score a hole-in-one on No. 3; however the hole-in-one prize of $5,000 was reserved for No. 7.

The 49th Parallel Grocery provided some festive fun on hole No. 4.

“They had a little fun diversion game, and everybody won prizes,” Phillips said.

After six hours of swinging, putting and driving fun, the golfers headed back to the clubhouse for a steak lunch, complemented by a silent and live auction and a 50/50 draw.

The funds raised will be donated back to the two communities in various ways.

According to Phillips, the Chemainus Rotary plans to use the funds to help youth in the community, while Ladysmith still has to earmark the funds.

“Some of our projects haven’t yet been selected for the coming year, so this provides us with the ability to do things like maintain the boat ramp … the Rotary Peace Garden,” she said.

Phillips said the committee would like to thank all of the business sponsors, prize donors and everyone involved with the success of the tournament.