• Thursday , 1 December 2022

Peachland Chamber of Commerce tourney beats the heat in Summerland

Did it feel bad enough to watch your ball sail pathetically downward, or right, falling with style into the canyon off Hole #7 at the Summerland Golf and Country Club?

Did it feel any better when you found out at the awards ceremony that Bill McCrae hit the circle twice?

Walk softly and carry a big stick, they say.

Fifteen foursomes formed up for the eighth annual Peachland Chamber of Commerce golf tournament Aug. 26, raising $4,000 for the not-for-profit as the water bombers soared overhead, extinguishing a wildfire that broke out back home suspiciously close to the 2:30 p.m. shotgun start.

Infer what ye may, but the Peachland View’s masked Media Maniacs weren’t exactly lighting up the fairways on the back nine, and by the time they got back around to the front they were clinging to cashews and Gatorade just to survive.

Dr. Peter Stapleton and his wife Ally, Nick Berry and Catherine Gnius, however, rode the dragon all the way to the top as tournament champions. They were followed by Chrissy Chernoff, who won the ladies’ closest-to-the-pin challenge, Frank Reindl, Dave Johnson, who also won longest putt, and Brad Rowe.

The tournament followed a new format that shook up the leaderboard and made it more competitive. Teams went best ball from the first shot only, then added the two middle scores for each hole.

Executive director Patrick Van Minsel said last year’s winner ended up fourth this year, and the winners this year placed third in 2015.

Everyone got a prize, whether it was a green fee, bottle of wine or pounds and pounds and pounds of Belgian chocolate.

It was the first time the tournament has been held earlier than September, and on a weekday.

“Overall, the chamber was very happy with how the tournament went,” executive director Patrick Van Minsel said. “The main thing is the participants had a good time and didn’t mind spending some money!”

The cash goes toward chamber programming. The next big fundraiser is the awards night set for Nov. 19.

Craig Gilbert

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