GOLF HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF CANADA

East-West Challenge / Scramble
Port Hope GCC, Port Hope, Ontario, June 11, 2019

Please scroll to the bottom of the page to see some pictures from the event.

Even the best laid plans sometimes don't seem to want to work out, and such was the result of the 2019 East-West Challenge at the Port Hope Golf Club! Based primarily upon a change of dates for this event from its original scheduled Sunday play to a Tuesday, half of the Western Ontario Group was unable to attend, and as a result the format was changed to a fun 4 person scramble instead.

The weatherman cooperated with us and provided a glorious sunny, comfortable day with beautiful light winds coming in off of Lake Ontario. The golf course was in fine condition and the views of the Lake were just lovely. After a rather quick round of golf, everyone retired to the Penryn Mansion for a round or two of refreshment and a chance to compare notes on all things hickory golf, prior to enjoying a delicious BBQ steak dinner with all the fixings, dessert and coffee.

First place prizes were awarded (based upon retrogression) to the team of Nick Waterfield, David Burgess and Jeff Rogers with a fine score of -6, second place went to the team of Walt Soetens, Amanda Sly, Russell Dick and Ken De Kok, and third place went to Fred Boland, Glen Fast, Bobby Sly and John Duffy. Fred Boland won the men's closest-to-the-pin and there was a three way tie for the ladies' closest!

Scores for the day were:

PlaceScoreTeam
1-6Jeff Rogers, David Burgess, Nick Waterfield
2-6Walt Soetens, Amanda Sly, Russell Dick, Ken De Kok
3-5Fred Boland, Bobby Sly, Glen Fast, John Duffy
4-4Tom Wightman, David Greenland, Andrew Laliberte
5-1Mac Gervan, Dave Finn, Bob West
6+1Gord Thomas, Stan Lapidus, Richard Saxe, Garry Allen
7+14Liz Savill, Patti Coulter, Ken Leedham, Adrian Buis

Jeff Rogers, Tournament Director

Unfortunately Frank Collis, who has taken wonderful pictures for us at so many events, was unable to attend this event, and none of our occasional substitute photographers were present either... so it fell to yours truly, web manager etc, Ken Leedham, to try to take some pictures with my little pocket camera. I apologise if these are not as broadly representative of the event as they might be - I don't know how Frank does it. I did my best to capture some images reflective of the event, and of the beautiful course itself, as I was participating.
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Jeff Rogers examines an item from Walter Soetens' trade table
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Walter brought quite a selection of clubs and other golf-related items
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Jeff Rogers greets John Duffy for registration, and also displays trade items of his own
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The registration desk gets busy, as more players arrive
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Arriving players examine some of Jeff's trase items
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Players check out Walter's clubs. We had to restrain things from blowing away, as the day got quite breezy.
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Patti Coulter and Russell Dick arrive, dressed in style with items from the Old Course
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Dave Finn wearing a World Hickory Open top - he previously won his Stableford division, and is going again this year
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Players get their bags onto the carts...
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...and review the instruction sheets for the day's play
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Russell Dick studies his scorecard, watched by team-mate Ken De Kok
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Bob Sly, John Duffy, and Andre Laliberte get their clubs ready on the carts
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Almost ready for the off. Clubhouse and Lake Ontario in the background.
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Tournament Director Jeff Rogers confers with Bob West
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And we're away! First on the tee, Nick Waterfield (who sent a fine one, way down the middle)
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Jeff Rogers follows through
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GHSC President Dave Burgess sets up...
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and gets one away
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My own cart sets off, driven by my team-mate Adrian Buis
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A view from one of the tees, down to Lake Ontario
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Liz Savill chips up, to a hole right by the lake...
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and walks up to the green
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Liz Savill tees up to hit across the pond (and the swans, who seem quite unconcerned). This was the closest-to-the-pin hole.
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Patti Coulter takes her turn, ready to hit over the swans...
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and gets it well away
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Adrian Buis selects a club, with a beautiful expanse of lake in the background
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Liz and Adrian get ready to putt one from just off the green
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Patti Coulter looking out at one of Port Hope's impressive rolling holes
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Nick Waterfield stands behind the 18th green to welcome us in. Penryn Mansion on the right.
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A closer view of Nick, behind the final green
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Another view out over Port Hope's rolling layout, to Lake Ontario
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And again... golfers dwarfed by the landscape
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No one could complain that this course is too flat
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Participants respond to Jeff's wrap-up speech (blurry, I know, but you can see they're having fun)
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Tournament Director Jeff Rogers announces the results, and awards prizes
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First place team members Dave Burgess and Nick Waterfield collect their prizes
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Walter Soetens and Russell Dick, whose team also scored -6, collect their prizes
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Amanda and Bob Sly and friends watch the proceedings (I gave up trying to catch pictures of prize winners)
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Dave Finn, Mac Gervan and others, enjoying themselves in the dining room of the historic Penryn Mansion
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Fred Boland (right) was the men's closest-to-the-pin winner for the day