206 THE ADVOCATE
VOL. 77 PART 2 MARCH 2019
that the size of the cheque does not matter so much as the size of the numbers
on the cheque. And the ceremonial cheque could not be stuffed into a
deposit slot at an ATM anyway.
For the Texas Scramble group play, perennial victors Team Somers (Matt
Somers, the Honourable Robert Crawford and Chen P.C.J.) once again banded
together to perpetuate their dynasty as winners of the Gary Somers, QC
Memorial Trophy. A vacancy this year resulting from the absence of Scott
Somers was filled by recruiting Rand Buckley. Apparently they were unaware
of the availability of the author. Their score of seven under par was one better
than the runners-up of Team Richards (George Richards, Matt Richards, Jim
Iida and John Randall) and Team Thornton (Peter Thornton, Michael Thornton,
Andrew Briscoe and David Sliman), who were tied at six under par.
The victorious Mixed Texas Scramble group was composed of the Quay
Law Centre personnel of Michele Ross, Emily Rowen, Barry Hickman and
Mason Heller. They won the James “Fitz” Fitzsimmons Memorial Trophy
with a score of two under par.
The winners of the Les McDonald Memorial Trophy in a “walk-over”
(only one group registered for stroke play) were the Darnell & Company
group consisting of Rebecca Darnell, Francis Lepp, Jamie Oleksiew and
Darnell Smith. Ms. Darnell is particularly successful at recruiting talent
(golf as well as legal). Francis Lepp’s family name is well known among the
golf community in the Fraser Valley. Ms. Oleksiew spent four years at the
University of Colorado on a golf scholarship and has played on the Symetra
Tour. She shot 75 to have the low gross round on the day.
Acknowledgements should be extended to the tournament organizers
from the five participating bar associations. Organizing lawyers/golfers can
sometimes be likened to herding cats. The committee members include
Wes McHarg, Lily Ravelo, Matt Somers, Daniele Poulin, Jaqua Page,
Stephanie O’Mahony and the author (New Westminster); Michael Jones
(Fraser Valley); Cheryl Stanley, Gord Kabanuk and Dan Moseley (Surrey);
Kirsten Tonge (Abbotsford & District); and Peter Thornton (Chilliwack).
We would also like to acknowledge our additional on-course volunteers,
who helped with registration and monitoring the contests, including Katelynn
Denny, Mandy Roger, Patti Weaver and Nic Laube.
Proceeds for this tournament (as well as last year’s event) are being
donated to the CBA (BC) Benevolent Society to assist in providing financial
support to lawyers and students in need.
Preparations are already underway for the Third Annual Westminster
County Bar Associations’ Golf Tournament, to be held at Morgan Creek Golf
Club on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. Mark it in your calendar for another day of
collegiality and recreation with fellow members of the bar and judiciary.