THE ADVOCATE 203
VOL. 77 PART 2 MARCH 2019
WESTMINSTER COUNTY BAR
ASSOCIATIONS’ GOLF TOURNAMENT
By Richard Molstad
The Second Annual Westminster County Bar Associations’ Golf
Tournament took place on June 26, 2018 at Morgan Creek Golf
Club in Surrey under blue skies and ideal course conditions
and with much collegiality. It was a joint effort of the bar associations
of New Westminster, Fraser Valley, Surrey, Abbotsford & District
and Chilliwack to bring together lawyers, judges, students, friends and family
for a fun time. This was our first year at Morgan Creek, which surpassed
all expectations for golf (apart from an issue with slow play) and dinner. We
plan to return there this summer as well.
Avid followers of this series of articles may note that it is a bit later than
usual. After the editorial comments directed towards U.S. President Donald
J. Trump in last year’s article, publication was delayed in the hopes that a
“cease and desist” letter would come from Mr. Trump’s lawyer (the new one,
now that Mr. Cohen has recused himself) together with a cheque for, say,
around US$130,000 to buy the rights to this work and bury it. Like other stories.
Financial support for the author’s retirement fund is always appreciated.
Alas, although Mr. Trump focuses on things that are extremely trivial
and undoubtedly petty, this author has not yet come to his attention.
Before we get to the report on the tournament itself, some comments on
the present state of the world in general are appropriate, in the author’s opinion.
And this author will indulge himself with his view of the “here and now”.
There have been many new developments in the world since the last
tournament in 2017. Politics, royal marriages, international relations, and
(of course) more importantly, golf. Let’s deal first with golf, the reason this
Wikipedia, the everyman’s authoritative reference book, reports that “the
origins of golf are unclear and much debated. However, it is generally ac-
cepted that modern golf developed in Scotland from the Middle Ages onwards”.
The most accurate modern oral history of the origins of golf may well be
the telling of the tale by the late Robin Williams in his much-watched monologue
(available on YouTube). Mr. Williams captures the essence of the