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Charity wins, Radical Renovators lose at putting classic


"It’s for charity."

Those words were of some consolation to the many players who putted into sand traps, water traps and the rough on Aug. 18, as the newly opened Riverside Greens Putting Course and the Whistler Rotary Club teamed up to host to a fund-raiser.

A total of 41 teams and 164 players took part in the first, and hopefully annual, Rotary Riverside Greens Putting Classic. The inaugural event raised approximately $5,000 for the new Whistler Library, which is currently in the planning stages.

Each team was comprised of four golfers, with both sexes represented on each team. The total scores for each team were added up to determine the winners.

The Fordrans, captained by Ed Ford, managed to post a score of 177 on the par 45 course, or three under par as a team.

In second place, with a two over 182 were the Peak to Green Putters led by Barry Maskell.

Team Putz, led by Allie Maw, and Riverside, led by Nigel Woods, tied for third place with 187 apiece.

Awards were also given to the men and women who posted the lowest individual scores.

Sue Ford of the Fordrans team won the women’s low gross with a 44. Hot on her tail, Gay Cluer of the Centre Cup Quartet was second overall with a 45.

In the men’s competition, the lowest score went to Whistler Secondary graduate Matt Woods, who is on his way to New Orleans this fall to play NCAA division one golf on a scholarship. He shot a seven under par 38 to help Team Putz into the tie for third.

Nigel Woods of the Riverside team had the second lowest gross with a five under par 40.

On the other side of paradise, the Radical Renovators won the dubious distinction of being the most honest team in the contest with a combined score of 283, or 183 strokes over par – that’s more than 10 over on each hole.

Brock McBride of the Tapley’s Tappers won a set of custom golf clubs donated by Steve Legge of Dog Legge Golf, for draining a hole-in-one on the fifth. One other player – from the Pique Putz team – managed to sink the same putt earlier, but didn’t have $5 to enter the contest.