Brookfield Golf Club crowns champions

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Brookfield & Area Notebook, By Judy Matheson

Brookfield Elks put in good showing at U-18 nationals

The twenty-fifth Brookfield Golf Club Championships were held on August 8 and 9, midst sunshine interspersed with showers on day one. Day two brought sunnier weather, with high winds and late afternoon showers.

Chris Bernard has an astonishing record, winning the championship 23 of the 25 years of club play, and she wasn’t to be denied again this year. Shooting a 176 she was able to maintain her claim on the winner’s circle. Senior ladies Champ Annie Woodworth was playing well and posted a score of 180. Kudos to Super Senior winner Barb Pyle, who was in third place overall with a 182.

Well done ladies! There’s always room for more competitors in this field.

Up and coming junior golfer Noah McCallum took top honours in his division with consistent rounds of 80, for a combined score of 160, edging his closest opponent Austin MacBurnie by five strokes.

Mike Henderson won his third club title posting a winning score of 146 (75-71). Runners-up Derek Meek and Mike Penny presented serious challenges with scores of 150. Joel Vickery rounded out the top four golfers at 152.

The Senior Men’s Champ was Robert Putnam at 155, with Ted Sodero in second with 158. Gene Bell was crowned the super senior champ with a score of 164.

Trophies and prizes were awarded to all the above winners, as well as to the winners of net and low gross in three divisions. All golfers were treated to a barbecue and corn boil at the end of their games.

Congratulations to all winners and to all who compete!

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The Brookfield Elks Fastball Team was in Newfoundland for the under-18 national championships from Aug. 5 to 9. The team consisted of players from across Colchester and East Hants counties with two players from Windsor and Sheet Harbour. The Brookfield input came from: Coby Crowell, Bradley MacKinnon, Jacob Bowers, Alex Roddy, Dillon McCoul, Garret Henley and Liam Giffin, all students at South Colchester Academy.

The young team played in the Shooter’s Fast Pitch Men’s League out of Elk Park during the regular season The experience gained by facing pitchers of high calibre held the boys in good stead at nationals. Although faced with more seasoned teams, the boys made a good showing even though most of the players were playing at their first nationals. They finished in fifth place out of nine teams, winning three games and losing six, including a play-off game to Ontario.

Although some costly nerves were obvious, the coaches — Mike Wood and Jeremy Locke — and the players are eager to return next season. All but four players are eligible as U-18 players for another year. Head coach Wood “was proud of the boys; in spite of injuries and tough situations they never gave up,” and as he expected “they were well behaved, real gentlemen.”

One highlight of the tournament was having speedy outfielder Coby Crowell chosen as an all-star centre fielder. Crowell was named for his stellar fielding ability, as well as for a batting average of .433. Crowell believes the experience of playing in the men’s league was a big help with facing the pitching at nationals.

He’s looking forward to next year, he says.

“All the fundraising work was well worth the effort and we appreciate all the support we received.”

It’s terrific to have the Elks returned to the ball diamond with the future looking positive!

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Fundraising efforts are continuing with Chase the Ace every Thursday evening at the Brookfield Curling Club. The pot is growing weekly with 38 cards left, the potential for a large take is appealing.

Each week the lucky ticket holder is winning anywhere from $350 to $400. Not bad for the price of a Looney.

All are welcome, the doors open at 6:30 pm and the draw goes at 8:30 pm.

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If dancing or travelling is your wish there is an opportunity to double the fun. Purchasing a ticket for the upcoming Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex dance also gives you a chance to win a trip valued at $2,500 or you can take $2,000 in cash to use as you want.

You don’t need to attend the dance to be eligible to win the trip or the cash. It’s a “something for everyone offer” while lending your support to the Sportsplex.

Dance time is 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Sportsplex ((hockey rink). The Scott DeCoste band, The Pistol Packing Poppas, will provide the musical entertainment with special guest Jimmy Ralph.

Tickets can be purchased in Brookfield at Roop’s Esso, 902-673-2439, or at Roop’s Cleaner’s in Truro, 902-893-4800.

The date to reserve for the dance is Sept. 13 and tickets are available now.

Judy Matheson is a life-long Brookfield resident and dedicated volunteer with many community organizations. To have your community news appear in her column, contact her by email at judy.m.matheson@eastlink.ca.

 

Organizations: Sportsplex, Brookfield Curling Club, Esso

Geographic location: Brookfield, Truro

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