Local golfers wrap up another season

The Hay River Golf Club wrapped up their season on Saturday, with one final round, drinks and some laughs.
Starting at 2 p.m., both the men and women’s league played their final nine holes for the season through spitting rain and cool winds.
After the 18 holes were completed, players warmed up in the clubhouse with a roasted pig dinner, which had been cooking all day.


After the dinner, awards were presented for a variety of standings. The men’s league and playoff champions this year were The Strokers, consisting of Rob Zdebiak, Randy Zdebiak, Greg Harder, Mike Mundy, Joe Steen and Pete Philip.
The most improved male and female awards went to Errol Jamieson and Vivianne Cadieux respectively, and the most dedicated female was awarded to Margaret Powder.
Kathy Irani and Jeff Brockway won the women’s and men’s low gross from the Aug. 7 and 8 Club Championship tournament.
Kevin Campbell, Jeff Boyce, Frank Hirst, Jason Coakwell, Terry Webster and Ross deBoer all received hats as recognition of all the volunteering they have done for the club, and Doug Wieterman was named Volunteer of the Year, winning himself a 2011 Membership to the Golf Club.
The final award of the evening was to Wayne Korotash, who was given a Years of Service recognition – a $500 gift certificate to Golf Town.
After the awards wrapped up, Edmonton-based stand-up comic Lars Callieou performed a 45-minute set singling out many in the audience. Callieou kept everyone roaring with laughter for the duration of his performance, and once he wrapped up, anyone interested was able to head outside for a glow ball round of golf.
“Our year end banquet was a huge success, being the first that was held in many years,” said Brockway. “Fun was had by all.”
Brockway reflected back on the season – a busy one for the Hay River Golf Club.
“”It was great,” he said. “We’ve hosted events such as the NWT Association of Communities banquet, The Regimental Ball, DeBeers, Elks, Kiwanis and Chamber of Commerce charity tournaments as well as our Kingland Open, Norland Ladies Open and our first annual Par 3 $100,000 Shootout. The Clubhouse has seen retirement parties, weddings and business functions. You couldn’t find a more beautiful setting to hold such events. We are already receiving booking requests for April 2011.”
The course will continue to be open for public use until snow and cold temperatures forces its closure.