Nashville Predators’ Jerred Smithson racks up a few prizes at the hole-in-one contest

Nashville Predators’ Jerred Smithson racks up a few prizes at the hole-in-one contest

Golfers swing for a special cause

Friday’s rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm or turnout for the annual Special Olympics Charity Golf Spectacular, held over the weekend at the Spallumcheen Golf and Country Club’s executive course.

Friday’s rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm or turnout for the annual Special Olympics Charity Golf Spectacular, held over the weekend at the Spallumcheen Golf and Country Club’s executive course.

Despite the fact it poured Friday morning, a total of 96 teams of four – 384 golfers – took part in the three-day event.

“It was good,” said tournament spokesperson John Topping of the event which helped raise funds for Vernon Special Olympics. “It rained Friday morning, Saturday was overcast with no rain and Sunday was fine, weather-wise. Things were steady.”

Among the golf tournament highlights was the chance to win a $50,000 hole-in-one prize from Home Building Centre. Half the prize was cash, the other half product from Home Building Centre.

Five men and five women qualified each day of the tournament, so 30 people had a shot at the ace (150 yards for the 15 men, 130 yards for the 15 women).

Nobody was able to record a hole-in-one.

“We had a couple of close ones,” said Topping.

The weekend spectacular also featured a sports banquet Friday featuring NHL stars Jerred Smithson and Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators, legendary hockey broadcaster and Order of Canada member Howie Meeker, Edmonton Oilers head coach Tom Renney and New York Rangers scout Ernie Gare.

The banquet drew a near capacity crowd of 160 people to Temptasian Restaurant.

Top auction item during the banquet was a full-page colour ad in The Morning Star, which was bought by Nixon-Wenger Lawyers for $1,550.

Topping said it would take a few days to add up all of the proceeds and bills to see how much was raised during the event.

“I think we had a very good year this year,” he said.