Event has now raised over $20,000 for St. Marys Minor Hockey Association
By Pat Payton
The team of Brian Hartwick, his sons Josh and Matt, and Bill Rysnik fired a 12-under-par score of 53 to capture the 6th annual Gary Douglas Memorial golf tournament Saturday at River Valley Golf and Country Club.
A total of 68 golfers took part in ideal weather conditions in the Texas Scramble format.
The Hartwick foursome had splits of 27-26 on the scenic par-65 course.
The team of Dale Levy, Derek Shackleton, David St. Louis and John Heard finished one shot back with an 11-under-par 54. They had splits of 27-27. The foursome of Jameson Pearson, Jeff Griffiths, Blair Bresette and Alex Vanstrien placed third overall with a 10-under-par 55.
The tournament is held every August to celebrate the life of a great man and great golfer, who worked several years at the River Valley course.
This year’s tourney raised $4,400. In just six short years, the event has now raised over $20,000 for youngsters in St. Marys minor hockey who need financial help. Gary Douglas was a man who always donated to under-privileged youngsters in the SMMHA, and it was his wish that tournament proceeds go to that worthwhile cause. Joe Taylor and Ing Geris also made a “sizeable donation” on Saturday.
The two golfers who travelled the farthest this year to play in the 6th annual Douglas Memorial were John and Jerry White, who live in San Juan Capistrano in California. They were friends of Gary Douglas’s. The Whites played in a foursome with Jim Greason, of St. Marys, and his cousin Gary Greason, of Aurora.
On the 18th green Saturday, the Whites related an interesting story to the Independent.
Back in 2009, the Whites were in a television commercial with pro golfer Phil Mickelson. The commercial involved the F5 driver from Callaway. Jerry White said he received a fee of $10,800 when his part appeared in the commercial.
–River Valley’s Sarah Forbes and David Tkaczuk wanted to thank the Douglas golf committee members for again organizing a great tournament.
Committee member John McCarthy wanted to thank all the golfers, many of whom play in the tourney year after year.
“We just appreciate everybody who comes out and supports the tournament,” McCarthy said. “We had a great turnout and a great day, and we hope to see everybody back next year to make it even bigger and better.”
–Glen Spearin ran the putting contest at the tournament for the sixth straight year.
–St. Marys Golf and Country Club and Science Hill both donated four greens fees to Saturday’s silent auction table.