A taste of the tropics at the golf course last weekend

It may not have been tropical temperatures this past Saturday, not going by Hay River standards.

But a roasting pig, colourful props and a wildly printed shirt or two may have given Saturday at the Hay River Golf Club a bit of a different flavour.

This year’s August Best Ball fundraising tournament has been taken over by the Curling Club in hopes to raise funds for their youth curling program.

“It’s our Hawaiian themed dinner right here in Hay River,” joked tournament coordinator Gary Hoffman.

It was perfect weather for the 16 teams registered in the tournament. Taking no break for lunch, players instead had their food carted out to them by volunteers and a well-organized format ensured everything ran smoothly.

“We were right on-time for everything,” said Hoffman.

Teams played till 4:30 p.m. when two teams tied at 63 had to undergo a tie-breaking chip-off.

Finning earned second place chipping closer to the flag than NWT Power Corp., who ended up in third place.

It was the Rusty Blades and team members Jeff Boyce, Jeff Brockway, Terry Webster and Bill Gostick who earned the overall tournament winning score of 62.

Each team left with some sort of donated prize, and although there was some banter teams were playing fair in this for-fun tournament.

“Some of them were kidding around and giving each other a hard time,” said Hoffman, “But they were having a ball out there.”

It’s estimated that around $8,000 was raised to help support the junior curling program and the curling club.

The club is thanking the local businesses, companies and volunteers that continued to support the tournament.

“Overall the weather was really nice, and everyone had a great time,” said Hoffman.

“Because it’s a double event, we’re already talking about putting curling teams together so it sounds like it’s been successful. We were pleased with the outcome so I guess we’ll carry on with it next year.”