Scott Schell takes his first swing at the tee off box on Sat. Sept. 9. Brown finely manicured prairie wool fairways attest to the dry year in east central Alberta but don’t dampen the spirits of this family friendly affair. ECA Review/L.Stillinger
For the tenth year in a row, Big Valley’s Memorial Golf Tournament brought together golfers from far and wide to play in a lively nine-hole, best ball tournament and remember their friends and family.
Usually held on the second Saturday of September each year, the September 9th event drew golfers of all ages to participate in this competitive but friendly tournament.
What began in 2008 as a family memorial to honour the late Mason Annable, an avid golfer, has grown into a yearly event dedicated to the memory of other devoted golfers and Big Valley Golf Club members who have passed away.
According to organizers, this tournament has always been fortunate to have volunteers ready to lend a hand to coordinate the event and local community members and businesses willing to contribute towards prizes.
The tournament was considered a huge success, with 51 golfers of all ages participating.
Each participant was charged $20 for a nine-hole round of golf and the lunch which was served after the game.
This year’s winners were Clark Trimming, John Obermayr, Kayla Baird and Wendy Volker.
Money’s raised are always donated to local community organizations and groups with this year’s profits going to the Big Valley Cemetery Fund, the Big Valley Fire Department and of course, the Big Valley Golf Club.
The entire Annable Family have enjoyed organizing and hosting this tournament over the past 10 years, but announced that this would be the last year they would be in charge.
They hope that between now and next year some other volunteers will step forward to carry on the tradition, offering their support to whoever takes over.