It’s time to go ‘clubbing’

Now that the ark has been parked back in the garage, and the animals mostly have stopped travelling in pairs, local golf courses can get back to normal business.
That’s good news out at Kitchen Creek, which has three major tournaments occurring in the next couple of weeks.
The RBC and Kitchen Creek Golf Tournament will take place Saturday, July 12, with all proceeds going to the health centres in Fort Frances, Emo, and Rainy River.
The cost is $200/team and each foursome must have a combined minimum handicap of 40.
The event kicks off with a shotgun start at 10 a.m., and there will be cash prizes and lunch as part of the festivities.
Call the pro shop at (274-4653) to register or for more information.
Then one week later, on July 19, the Kitchen Creek ladies’ golf tournament will be held.
The two-person scramble format will begin with a shotgun start at 10 a.m., with flights organized based on handicap.
Lunch will be provided, with prizes for the longest drive and closest to the pin, as well as for where a golfer finishes in her flight.
To register or for more info, call the pro shop or Barb Asplund (274-5567), Bonnie Broman (274-7096) or Elaine Sande (274-7863).
As well, a reminder that the annual Senior Men’s Open will be held Wednesday, July 16 at Kitchen Creek, with a 9:30 a.m. shotgun start.
The entry fee is $45. Call the pro shop (274-4653) to sign up.
Most days, I’m with legendary author Mark Twain in the opinion that golf is, indeed, a good walk spoiled.
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In the category of completely not shocking news, I have some corrections to make.
First off, I apologize to Fort Frances Lakers’ newcomer Matt Vela for inaccurately listing his statistics from last season.
Further source checking revealed Vela played 12 games with the Aldergrove Kodiaks of the Pacific Junior Hockey League to start last year, notching one assist.
He also played seven games at that time with the Langley Rivermen of the BCHL without registering a point.
Finally, Vela landed with the Wolf Pack, where he netted five goals and five assists in 23 games.
My next mea culpa revolves around my incorrect firearms description on the Sports Page in the Tuesday, June 24 edition of the Daily Bulletin.
I had described former Fort Frances Sportsmen’s Club member Lee Ulch, now living in Gladbrook, Iowa, as holding a Remington Model 31 pump 12-gauge, the exact gun he used to win four-straight skeet-shooting titles around these parts in the late 1950s and early ’60s.
My mistake was exposed by International Falls reader Terry Randolph, who informed me it appeared to be a Flintlock black powder muzzle-loader long rifle.
Randolph said he was neighbours with Ulch when he lived in International Falls and still considers the 94-year-old a friend despite not having seen him for many years.
The bad news? There’s a good chance these may not be my last two mistakes as a sportswriter.
But, like former Toronto Blue Jays’ ace Dave Stieb promised in the title of his autobiography, tomorrow I’ll be perfect.
Of course, other than the last no-hitter in Jays’ history, we know that doesn’t usually end up to be the case.
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Brent Aiken doesn’t know exactly what Sam Gagner went through on Sunday, but he has a fairly good idea.
Aiken, who was part of the Fort Frances Lakers’ “KAN Line” along with Kevin Kurm and Miles Nolan, which was virtually unstoppable during the past post-season, was dealt to the English River Miners on June 9 to complete last season’s trade for forward Bryson Jasper and the rights to forward Colton Spicer.
But Aiken’s destiny apparently was not with the Miners after all, as English River subsequently traded him last Tuesday (June 24) to the Mattawa Jr. ‘A’ Blackhawks of the NOJHL for Eric Champagne.
The double-trade wasn’t as immediate as the one experienced by Gagner, who was shipped from the Edmonton Oilers to the Tampa Bay Lightning for forward Teddy Purcell, then later that same day traded to the Phoenix Coyotes, along with forward B.J. Crombeen, for a sixth-round draft pick.
Here’s hoping the Miners didn’t put in a big order for Aiken jerseys to sell at their apparel store.
If they did, they also had better have a hefty collection of tags advertising 50 percent off.

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