They gathered to play some golf in remembrance of a special friend Saturday. Most went home happy with a decent gift off the $8,000 prize table.
Dave Haverty left Spallumcheen Golf & Country Club with the day’s largest token – a $40,000 fully-loaded Kia Optima – after carding an ace in the inaugural George (Chappy) Chapman Member Wind-Up.
Haverty, a 57-year-old City of Vernon parks foreman, actually took the cash and split some of his winnings with his foursome, including local gumshoe Jeff Parker and his wife, Cheryl, and former Morning Star sports reporter Scott Douglas. Haverty used a seven-iron to ace the 160-yard third hole.
“Chappy was a good friend so this feels pretty special,” said the popular Haverty, a father of two.
“I’m happy for all of the group. I know Scott has a daughter (Sasha) who loved Chappy, and Jeff and Cheryl have grandchildren so everybody can use the money to help their families out. Some money came my way that I didn’t have before so I’ll help out our kids and maybe upgrade the trailer for when I retire.”
Haverty, a six handicap, felt he hit the sweet spot for his second career hole-in-one (his first was as a junior at the Kelowna Golf & Country Club).
“I said, ‘This has got a chance, boys.’ It had the line. The girl (spotter) said it hit the middle of the green and spun back three inches into the cup. I couldn’t see it because my eyes are going.”
Spall member Bob Collins, of Capri Insurance, who sponsored the third hole with Vernon Kia, presented Haverty with his cheque.
Chapman was a longtime starter and pro shop employee at Spallumcheen. He greeted everybody with a gigantic smile and gave them the time of day.
He died in March 2011 at the age of 75. Chappy was loved so much he has an Island named after him, on the 17th hole.
Winners in the four-man, two-best-net-ball inaugural Chappy tournament were Dave Ingram, Gary Kennell, Wayne Bentson and Danny McEachnie with a score of 117.
Second place were Neil Chester, Sandra Chester, Cindy Hoffman, Randy Hoffman, at 119. There was a field of 124.