Hole-in-one by Greg Thompson one of the day’s highlights
By Pat Payton
Last Thursday’s St. Marys Memorial Hospital Foundation golf tournament proved to be a special event for several reasons.
Firstly, it was the 25th year the Hospital fundraiser has been held and it featured a full field of 144 golfers at St. Marys Golf and Country Club. A hole-in-one by a local golfer was another big highlight. And unlike the previous year (rain), the July tournament was blessed with near-perfect weather conditions. They all added up to a memorable day.
A team of firefighters from Kitchener won the 2018 Texas Scramble format with a 16-under-par score of 56.
Aces No. 9 hole
St. Marys resident Greg Thompson provided a thrill with a hole-in-one on the No. 9 hole. It was the second ace for Thompson, who used an 8-iron to give him and teammates Jim Craigmile and Ed and Heather Parkinson a score of one on the par 3 hole.
For a prize, Thompson received a set of Cobra clubs from Payam Zareian, new owner of the St. Marys Buick GMC dealership which sponsored a couple of holes–including No. 9.
Krista Linklater, executive director of the Memorial Hospital Foundation, told the Independent that Thompson is making a $1,000 donation to the local hospital.
She said support for the tournament from the local community has always been great.
“We call it the quarter-century club,” Linklater said with a laugh. “We couldn’t have had this tournament going for 25 years without the incredible support of our community, our sponsors and our golfers. We feel very fortunate to live in this community,” she said.
Linklater added that proceeds raised from this year’s hospital tournament will go to “highest priority needs.”