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VOL. 76 PART 1 JANUARY 2018
Devin along!!” Normally, golfers suggest consistency is the strength of their
golf game. In the author’s case, it is inconsistency—the results of the golf
swing are not always as bad as they usually are.
Virtually all of the golfers signed up for the Texas Scramble format, and
there was some competitive golf among the foursomes. The Texas Scramble
Team winners were the foursome of Matt and Scott Somers and Robert
Crawford J. and Patrick Chen P.C.J., who as a team recorded a sterling 62
(ten under par) with ten birdies and no blemishes on their scorecard. It is
so fitting that this competition was won by a team that included the sons of
the late Gary Somers, Q.C., who passed away the day after last year’s New
Westminster/Fraser Valley Bar Golf Tournament. The Texas Scramble Team
trophy was renamed the Gary Somers, QC Memorial Trophy in honour of
Gary for his valuable years of service to the bar and the community. An
impressive new golf trophy was obtained to reflect the esteem in which we
continue to hold Gary. Hollywood could not have scripted a better result.
There was a tie for second place, with Team Richards (George and Matt
Richards, Jim Iida and John Randall) equalling the team of David Sliman,
Andrew Briscoe, Mike and Pete Thornton (both at 67, or five under par).
The foursome of Emily Jones, Gabrielle Kipp, Dave Patterson and Farah
Malik prevailed in the Mixed Texas Scramble competition, taking home the
James “Fitz” Fitzsimmons Memorial Trophy with a score of 73. Second place
went to Corry Clark, Chelsea Dubeau, Greg Palm and David Hunter (76) followed
by the White Rock (or South Surrey?) foursome of Marjorie Mooney,
Craig Moulton, James Spears and Jane Purdie, Q.C. (77).
There has been a dearth of golfers opting for the traditional stroke play
competitions, some years not having any participants at all. This year only
one foursome chose to play their own golf ball, and therefore their team
won the Les McDonald Trophy by default before their first stroke. The trophy
was offered to them before they teed off so they could do a “victory lap”
of sorts with it during play, but the offer was not accepted (presumably to
maintain the suspense, or ensure they finished all 18 holes, or so they could
accept the trophy before the assembled masses at the awards ceremony).
Nevertheless, congratulations to the foursome of Rebecca Darnell, Francis
Lepp, Komal Nandha and Darnell Smith. Ms. Darnell also won the Walter
MacDonald Trophy for the golfer in stroke play with the lowest gross score.
In accepting the trophy, Ms. Darnell requested that her score not be publicized.
So we won’t. But we will note for posterity that the trophy has never
before been won by someone whose score was in triple digits.
There were a number of contests on the course. A $15,000 hole-in-one
prize sponsored by McQuarrie LLP was there for the taking, but no one