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Bear Creek Golf Club 100th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday July 19th, 2014

On a drizzly but warm Saturday ten of our members joined forty Bear Creek members in a 18 hole scramble format over the picturesqe tree lined layout. Originally a 9 hole course known as Strathroy Golf Club it was totally redesigned in the early Seventies by noted golf architect Rene Muyleart. His design over land already maturely treed with holes crossing Bear Creek was immediately praised as a quality layout.

Our ten members: Ken Leedham, Vern P, Phil Kostandoff, Adrian Buis, Jim Palk, Paul Dietz, Norm and Noi Moreau, Ian and Doug Marshall competed with their assigned team and supplied hickory clubs to the host members.

There were five Strathroy members who required left hand clubs, not unusual for this hockey loving country and thanks go out to Ron Archer, Wayne Linton, Bob West, and Joe McLean who shipped to me loaner clubs to solve the problem.

Through a definite Scottish weather day all teams finished, refusing to take the offer from Head Pro Rob Gebert to call it a day at nine holes. After drying out we had a fine supper with festivities and prizes in the club house. It was quite apparent that all players had a great time!

Scores were remarkably good with all teams making up their own groups, giving little thought to parity as we do in our regular GHSC scrambles. So the results were led by two all male teams at minus 13 captained by Paul Dietz and Norm Moreau. After failing to break the tie with the scorecard tiebreaker method, Normie's team won the coin toss.

The mixed foursomes of husband /wife teams were led by Doug Marshall's team at minus 8,followed by Vern P's team at minus 5.

This event marked the 21st such celebratory event we have done as a group since 2005. It serves several positive purposes in helping us spread the word about our golf history.In this particular case we hope it helps a struggling Club to boost its profile in this area.

This course is too good to be turned into a housing development !

Submitted by Doug Marshall - Convenor

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Team of Norm Moreau, Dave Arcos, Brian Chalmers and Phil Cole - winners on a coin flip tie breaker, at minus 13

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Team of Paul Dietz, Pete Varga, Dale Lebritton, Mel Chupa and Tom Cox - also scoring minus 13

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Team of Adrian Buis, Stu and Diane Wideman, Cliff and Joanne Wideman

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Team of Jim Palk, Bert Duister, Rick Duister, Ken Vandenheyden and Pete Hoytema

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Doug Marshall & Ken Leedham surveying preparations for the off (before the rain set in in earnest)

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GHSC members and Bear Creek members getting ready for the off

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Bear Creek pro Rob Gebert and a staff member helping the teams assemble

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Three ladies of the GHSC who attended but did not play this day (at least they got to stay dry)

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Jim Palk's team checking out hickory putters

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Doug Marshall & Jim Palk looking dapper and ready to go

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A pre-match conference

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Practising putting

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And chipping