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Monday, October 17, 2011

Swing & Sweeper's Brave Elements

Saturday October 15, 2911 was the Swing & Sweep, a long established annual event at the Brockville Country Club. And the weather was miserable! But being inside, the curling ice was in great shape and 56 players turned out for the morning curling. Each team played two (2) four-end games, then settled into a great spaghetti lunch in the curling lounge. Outside there was torrential rain and it was very windy. The radar was constantly being checked and indicated there might be a window opening up early afternoon. So following lunch everyone moved to the lower golf lounge (to allow the upstairs to be set up and decorated for the "Gala" event being held that evening .. amazing what goes on simultaneously at the BCC). With everyone downstairs, it was decision time. So a vote was taken .. to play golf, or not to play. With a majority rule set, the vote results said .."Let's Play". And no sooner than the decision was made, the sun came out. Talk about organizing! So virtually everyone suited up and headed for nine (9) holes of golf. It was still very, very wet, cool and blustery but play golf they did. Following golf, it was back for dry clothes and to the golf lounge and bar where Denise and staff had the lounge elegantly set up for the wrap-up meal. Congratulations to Scott Moore for organizing a great day, hanging in when conditions looked bleak and for bringing on the sun. How did he do that? Curling is now in full swing with league play underway and golf is winding down. Great Swing & Sweep gang and hopefully next year the weather will be more cooperative.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Curling Season in Full Swing at BCC

The regular season for Curlers at the Brockville Country Club opened for league play Tuesday, October 11, 2011. The ice has been in since late September and the Shorty Jenkins Curling Classic again hosted. In addition, the curling committee have hosted a number of free curling clinics for new and returning curlers. But now members are excited to be getting back on the ice. League play includes: Coffee Club, Monday Seniors, Monday Night Ladies; Tuesday Day Ladies, Tuesday Night Mens, Wednesday Seniors, Wednesday Night Mixed, Thursday Night Flight, Friday Night Mixed, Sunday Social, Little Rocks & Juniors/Bantam. Openings still available in a number of leagues. So come on out for some great curling this year at the BCC. And remember, The BCC Swing & Sweep .. golf & curling, is planned for this Saturday, October 15th ... so come join the fun!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

United Way Tournament at the BCC

The 17th Annual United Way fund-raising golf tournament was held at the Brockville Country Club Saturday, October 1, 2011.
The weather was challenging. Cold, blustery and showers, but some 60 brave souls took on the elements to complete their round and commitement to such a worthy cause.
Organizers Sandra Burton (front second from right) and Matt Raby (back second from right) are shown with many of the volunteers, including Shawn Souder - United Way President and Ben TeKamp - Co-Chair of fund raising committee. The team felt they raised over $10,000 for United Way through registrations, silent auction and contributions. Great effort gang.
Following golf and warming up at the bar, a great meal was served by BCC staff. Then it was to the prize table, and what a prize table it was. Thanks to major sponsors Black & Decker and P&G, the prize table at the United Way tournament is like no other. Everyone went home with a great prize. Be sure to sign up next year for the United Way Golf Tournament at the BCC and you too will help with their fund raiser and be able to dig into such a splendid table of prizes.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

9-Hole Ladies League Hold Closing Golf/Lunch

Thursday, September 29th saw the 9-Hole Ladies league hold their closing golf/lunch event at the BCC. Unfortunately you can't fight the weather, and with it being so poor, the golf portion of the event had to be cancelled. But the lunch was very well attended. Joining the ladies was Cecil Brown to present the annual trophy in memory of Marion Brown to Low Gross Champion Sharon Dempsey. The Low Net Champion was Roberta Riddell receiving the annual Mickey Broome Award in memory of Valerie Broome.
Juanita Loan, Mary Hannik and Lillian McNamee received flowers for their long-time golfing commitment and untiring support of the BCC 9-Hole Ladies League. New Ladies Club Captain Janet Lousley was present and Margot Green thanked everyone for their support as she passed on the duties of 9-hole captain to Alma Hansen.
The league, including alumni, meet monthly for lunches (last Thursday of each month) at the BCC during the off-season (except for December).
Congratulations Ladies on a great 2011 9-Holes Ladies League.

Monday, October 3, 2011

All-Member's Meeting Held for BCC Golf Course Improvements

On Wednesday evening, September 28, 2011 an "All-Members" meeting was held in the main dining area of the BCC to review architect plans for improvements to the Brockville Country Club's golf course. Course architect Jeff Mingay (shown at left in photo along with BCC's Ray Bushfield) was on hand to present the actual Long Range Improvement Plan (LRIP) envisioned to be implemented over a five (5) year or so period. Ray, Bob Larocque and Jack Kenny also presented aspects of the planning process.

A special LRIP committee has met a number of times with Jeff to develop the plan. The meeting was intended as an information session and to seek input and get member questions answered. Members generally left the meeting excited about the prospects of improvements. Jeff is a student of Stanley Thompson and with Thompson's mark on the course, improvements will ensure this part of the BCC's heritage is retained. We have a great golf course at the BCC. But to rest on one's laurels is folly. As an improvement plan is implemented, we are certain that the BCC will continue to be one of the best golf courses in Eastern Ontario.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Wednesday Senior Men's Hold Closing Lunch

Over 100 Brockville Country Club Senior Men signed up for the Wednesday morning golf play and on Wednesday, September 28, 2011, 66 of them came out for golf and their Closing Lunch. The Wednsesday morning Senior Men's uses a fun format with players each week drawing a start time which determines their playing partners. Organizing chair this year was Al Duffield (left in picture below) and ably supported by Larry Bolton, Fred Joyce, Colin Marriott, Bill Kyle and Chris Butler. A special presentation was made during the lunch to Bud Steele (at right) for his thirteen (13) years of organizing the Wednesday Morning Senior Men's League. Also this year, the seniors donated two thropies in the name of Bud Steele to be presented each year to the BCC Girls and Boys Junior Club Champions. Congratulations Al, Bud and all organizers for operating such a successful Senior Wednesday Morning Men's League over the many many years.