First place winners of the first annual Ladysmith/Chemainus Rotary Golf Tournament: Fay and Tim Hollett and Sheila and Marc McAndrews.

First place winners of the first annual Ladysmith/Chemainus Rotary Golf Tournament: Fay and Tim Hollett and Sheila and Marc McAndrews.

Golfers raise $21k for Rotary

Local rotary clubs raise $21,000 during first annual joint golf tournament

A sunny day of playing golf grossed more than $21,000 for the Ladysmith and Chemainus Rotary clubs.

The Ladysmith/Chemainus Rotary Golf Tournament at Mount Brenton Golf Club took place Saturday, October 1 and was a first time joint venture between the two clubs.

More than 80 golfers  came out to levy their skills against the links and support a good cause.

“It went awesome. Everyone had fun, the weather held out, there was lots of prizes and there was awesome food,” said Carol Warkentin, one of the tournament organizers.

The money raised will be split between the Ladysmith and Chemainus Rotary Clubs to help fund the work they do in the community, Warkentin said.

The golfers got their day started with a buffet breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and teed off at 9 a.m.

Following game play, the teams came back to the clubhouse for a buffet lunch and prizes.

The winning team was Tim and Faye Hollett and Marc and Sheila McAndrews.

In second place were junior members of Mount Brenton Golf Course: Gavin Hollenbakken, Zach Friesen, Colin Langley and Aaron Frost.

Warkentin said the boys’ impressive victory was made even sweeter by the fact that none of them were aided by the use of mulligans (a second shot at a stroke which is not penalized).

“They were too young to purchase them,” she said. “So everybody buys these mulligans and these young kids got second place and they didn’t even have a mulligan.”

Warkentin said one of the greatest highlights of the tournament was the fabulous support from all involved. She said all parties are considering continuing the tournament as a joint fundraiser in the future.

“It’s definitely what we’re considering for next year,” Warkentin said.

“Our communities are joined together so it was good to pull the Rotary Clubs together and work together.”