Golfers celebrate club’s 75th anniversary

A tournament in honour of Kitchen Creek Golf and Country Club’s 75th-anniversary attracted 132 members for a humid afternoon of fun and prizes Thursday.
Club pro Steve Wood outlined the tourney with the “modified Stablesford point system,” where points are awarded according to each team member’s result at a hole.
For instance, a double bogey was worth one point, a bogey two points, par three, while a birdie, eagle, and a double eagle were valued at four, five, and six points respectively.
Golfers were divided up into teams of four by Wood based on their handicaps to ensure even matchups. Afterwards, the points were tallied to determine the placings.
“I’d like to thank everyone who came out to play and those who helped put everything together,” Wood said in kicking off the prize ceremony after a hearty barbecue dinner.
Club president Dave Zatulsky agreed, and gave full credit to the pro shop which organized the event.
“I think it was a very well-run tournament. Everything just couldn’t have been better,” he said.
Sean Taggart, Fred Crowe, Brad Gushulak, and Don Hammond took home top honours–and each a new 27-inch television–by garnering a total score of 133 points over 18 holes.
Team 2B (Bob Crowe, Gus MacDonell, Blake Bruyere, and Barb Asplund) and team 10B (Greg Ross, Greg Mercure, Donna Lee, and Bob Armit) tied for second with 130 points.
They all took home a new Titleist wood club.
Rounding out the top five teams with 127 points each were 1B (Glen Mills, Bruce Carter, Frank McComb, and Wilf Cyr) and 18A (Dr. Steve Chown, Tom Fry, Jack Kendall, and Wayne McLeod).
For many of the golfers, it was the first time they’d seen this point system in use and gave it high marks.
“Today was wonderful,” said Lee. “The format was great, it made it fair for everybody, and we had a great time. It was clear after the first couple of holes.”
Others had a different take.
“Only a blind man on a galloping horse would understand it,” joked Roland Crawford. “But it’s unique in the games I’ve played.”
Kitchen Creek formerly was known as the Rainy Lake Golf Course and Country Club when it was located on Idylwild Drive. That nine-hole course opened in 1926 but its lease on the land expired in 1968.
The present course, which took close to seven years to build, opened in 1976.