Local golf course owners say thanks to volunteers

Now that Lacarya Golf Course is officially closed for the season,

Lacarya members from Clearwater and Barriere pose for a group photo after the Big Woody Tournament held this past summer.

Lacarya members from Clearwater and Barriere pose for a group photo after the Big Woody Tournament held this past summer.

Now that Lacarya Golf Course is officially closed for the season, Heinz and I would like to thank and recognize some very special people, and also to remember all the events of the season.

Firstly to thank all the members of Lacarya Golf Course who supported us with their memberships, returned tournaments booked, their encouragement and hours of volunteer work on the course. Work and support that has helped us to revitalize Lacarya to the beautiful and fun course that all can enjoy again – and so quickly.

The volunteers on board for the season were Wayne Russell, Gord Elliot, Ron Hadley, Cliff Fedderson, Jonathan Elliot, Joe and Teri Pelton and Doug Richardson. Wayne Russell’s pride and love of the golf course has inspired him to work tirelessly for previous owners and that same motivation continued, probably even more so once Heinz and I purchased the course on July 15, 2013. (Watch out Wayne, Barb has threatened to take out your energizer batteries, once she finds them that is …. Because the course has recovered to a very beautiful and enjoyable course to play again, the members are back and tournaments were booked again. The tournaments were: The Dorothy Findlay Memorial, The Rotary Fun, Joanne Johnston Fun Family, our 1st Anniversary Fun, The Big Woody, the Legion Reg Chambers Memorial, the Buck Memorial and finally the Club Fun. All the tournaments were well attended with fun for all, great camaraderie and games. There is a possibility of three more tournaments to be booked for next year, wow.

The Mens and Ladies Nights resumed as well after a long hiatus.

Captain of the Mens Night was Larry Colburne, who was instrumental in getting Men’s Night organized and started, also organizing Barriere’s return for The Big Woody and our final club tournament at the end of the year. Larry is a great organizer and dedicated to helping Heinz and I get Lacarya to be as successful as it can be. Lorne Wright and Bob Slingsby were in the background holding the society papers together so Men’s Night could resume.

Men’s night was held on Wednesday night averaging 20 – 40 men coming out for some great fun, games and prizes. Captain of Ladies Night was Debbie Pearce and co-captain Abby Bates was also instrumental in getting Ladies Night started and carrying on for the season. Ladies Night was held on Thursday with 15 – 25 ladies participating.  We also had two members who had hole in ones: Cliff Fedderson – Hole #7, and Daisy Hystad – Hole #5. Good job!

Lastly but not least, a heartfelt thank you to Glen McNeil and members of Lacarya for a surprise gift of a two night all inclusive stay at Harrison Hot Springs with monies for incidentals. Glen was instrumental in his suggestion to the members and most if not all were on board in support of him. Heinz and I went to  Harrison and it was absolutely wonderful, we enjoyed every relaxing moment of our stay. We cannot begin to express our thanks or heartfelt appreciation for such an act of kindness from you all!

All we can do is continue to work diligently on YOUR course and provide a course you all want to support and be proud of. God Bless you all.

We look forward to an even better year in 2015 and seeing all your smiling faces again.

Rowdy, Heinz and I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and all the very best in the New Year.

Heinz and Linda  Fitz

Clearwater B.C.