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Castlegar hospice tourney a triumph

Kyra Hoggan
By Kyra Hoggan
September 16th, 2009

Photo: Edie Dunn teeing off at the infamous “Lawrence Welk Hole of Bubbles”

The first annual Hospice Golf Tournament scored a hole-in-one Sunday at Little Bear, with more than 50 people attending and more than $4,500 raised to support Castlegar and District Hospice Society.

Event organizer, and society executive director, Suzanne Lehbauer said she’s delighted with the outcome.

“It was our very first one and, oh man, it was great,” she said. “I had people calling me on Monday to make sure they’re signed up for next year.”

There were 34 players in all, broken into nine teams. The winning team, including Castlegar mayor Lawrence Chernoff, Bernie Krueckl, Marlene Krueckl and John Malcolm, received mini video cameras for their prowess.

“I can’t believe the mayor’s team won …I swear it wasn’t fixed,” Lehbauer said.

The mayor himself weighed in on his successful game.

“I didn’t bribe anyone …I’m just that good,” Chernoff said.

Councillor Deb McIntosh, whose teammates requested anonymity, won the award for “most honest” team (meaning they kinda sucked), but received chocolate trophies for their efforts, which proved ample consolation. They also won special butane lighters, so they could burn their score cards on the spot.

Fire chief Gerry Rempel was not present at the time.

“We also gave out lots of door prizes – local companies were very generous in their donations to us,” Lebhauer added. “In fact, I still have some very, very neat things to auction because they didn’t meet their reserve bid.”

A trip for two, including airfare and accommodations, to have your hair styled by TV’s famous Anthony Crosfield, for example, as well as items courtesy TV illusionist Criss Angel and hockey’s Don Cherry.

“I haven’t decided yet, whether to host the auction on-line on our website, or on the air,” Lebhauer said, “but people are welcome to call me at 250-304-1266 for more information.”
And as to whether the tourney will, indeed, become an annual event?

“Absolutely, but we’ll try to have it earlier in the season next year,” she said. “This was kind of a test run, to see if Castlegar could handle another fund-raising golf tournament, and the answer is ‘yes’, as long as it’s lots of fun.”

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