Kyle Johnson of Vernon Toyota takes his first swing of the day at the New Car Dealers golf tournament for charity at Spallumcheen Golf and Country Club.

Kyle Johnson of Vernon Toyota takes his first swing of the day at the New Car Dealers golf tournament for charity at Spallumcheen Golf and Country Club.

Dealers swing for charity

It was a perfect day for the 23rd annual New Car Dealers Association of Vernon Fun in the Sun golf tourney

It was a perfect day for golfing at the 23rd annual New Car Dealers Association of Vernon Fun in the Sun Charity Golf Tournament at Spallumcheen Golf and Country Club.

Just under 100 golfers came together and raised $11,500 for The Allan Brooks Nature Centre and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Vernon and Armstrong.

“Over the past 23 years this tournament has raised over $200,000 for youth and healthcare in our community” said Pat Loehndorf of Bannister Honda and president of the Vernon New Car Dealers Association. “It’s always a very fun day for us and a great way to give back to our community!”

The champions with a score of 12 under par were the mighty Kiss FM Team made up of Duane Grandbois, Mike Grandbois, Neil Bradbury and Greg Ypma. There was a tie at 11 under for second place but thanks to the lower score on the back end, the victors were The Morning Star team of Dana Hoover, Rick Forrest, Dianne Hill and Sheryll Bissell. In a very respectable third place was Team Bannister GM with Chris Beaton, Cody Edwards, Stacy Restiaux and Scott Young.

Competitors in the long running speed hole contest have clearly upped their game as 10 out of 23 teams came in under 60 seconds with the top three under 40. Kal Tire and Vernon Toyota two were edged out by the victors Bannister Honda one.  John “the bear” Vandyke led off the charge with a blistering drive over the head of Ray Clarke to Loehndorf. Jason Tissington received the chip from Loehndorf and put it in the hole with a time of 31.7 seconds.

Seven golfers duked it out in the finals of the new putting contest and the last man standing was Troy Blais. The straightest shot contest was won by Audias Valverdee. Men’s longest drive went to Greg Ypma while the ladies was won by Corrine McWinney who also secured a KP win. Cody Edwards was the winner of the men’s KP and the women’s went to Sheryl Bissell. Congratulations to the rest of KP winners: Rick Glen, Deven Sandveld, and Graham Mathews.


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