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Gibsons mark 20th anniversary of course ownership

By Wendy Gibson
Fort Erie Golf Club

Just when you thought it couldn’t rain anymore, it did. Nonetheless, it didn’t deter some of the ladies of Fort Erie Golf from playing.

The game for this past week was mostly one putts, and it is hard to believe, but Nancy Valliquette led the 18-hole girls with nine one-putts. Carol Moon and Susan Howard were in second spot with seven one-putts and third place was shared by Sandi Foster, Wendy Gibson, Dianne Goulding, Janet Laverty and Shirley Tufford, each carding six one-putt greens.

Nancy Valliquette had an incredible round of 65 to take the top spot overall.
Carolyn Hall was the super senior of the week with a 76. Shirley Tufford was the Golden Girl of the week coming in with a round of 92. Karen Clark was low net overall with 49.

Debbie Woehl topped the winner circle for the nine-hole gals with five one-putts to her credit. Brenda Benner was low gross for this division with a great round of 35 while low net this week went to Kimi Kovacs with 33.

Brenda Benner and Karen Biederman made their first submissions to the birdie tree, and Nancy Valliquette had an eagle to her credit.

In spite of the torrential downpour on Monday night, a few of the brave boys endured the elements and came out to play.

Larry Lutz, Dave Storring, Ted Ogilvie and Tim Chute all earned a Carlsberg Light with their pars or better on number 18.

Ted Ogilvie was low gross for the guys with a 61 and his buddy Larry Lutz was low net with 57. Rez Romanyk won the 50/50 draw while skins went to Larry Lutz, Ted Ogilvie, Gary Romanyk and Dave Storring.

The weather was a little more hopeful on Wednesday, thus bringing out a good-sized field for the Old Fartz. A multitude of the old guys had pars or better on number 18 and enjoyed a Carlsberg Light on Gibby.

Gunner Mortensen was the low Old Fart of the week with a beautiful round of 64, while low net was shared by Curtis Findlay, Dave Joly and Russ Rankin with 59’s. Ed Fenwick was the low gross Super Fart of the week with 69, and Marius Czarnowas netted out with 61 getting his spot on the winner’s board. Andy Gavine was again the Phenomenal Fart of the week with a score of 87.

Skins this week went to Glen Cyr, Derrick Cyr, Allan Johnson and Art Ristan.
A mixed bag of weather saw some of Rusty’s unable to complete their rounds on Wednesday night.

Ted Ogilvie finished and wrapped up first place easily with a low round of 61. Larry Lutz was low net with 54, while Larry Lutz, Ted Ogilvie, Larry Stewart and Mike Woehl all won skins.

Last weekend (May 18 & 19)  marked the 20th anniversary of Larry and Wendy Gibson purchasing Fort Erie Golf. I would like to thank everyone who stopped by and took part in “Cheers”, and for the huge amount of support that you have all shown to us over the years. Without all of you, Fort Erie Golf would not be what it is today. You have all not only the golf course but all fundraisers and numerous events held at the club. For this, we are eternally grateful. Here’s to another 20 years . . . let the fun begin!

This weekend marks another anniversary, one that reminds us of how precious life is. It was 14 years ago on May 19 that saw the passing of best friend and icon of Fort Erie Golf, Tim Parkes.

I can still see Parksie sitting on his stool at the bar and playing with his mustache, and he would look at me and say, “Wendy, did you hear about the guy?…”

This was always followed by a chuckle and a giggle.

Parksie you may be gone, but never forgotten. Wherever you are, you know there is always a cold Carlsberg Light in the cooler waiting for you.

Thanks for the memories, my friend.