TRURO – The 41st annual Apex Golf Tournament brought a crew of familiar faces mixed with new ones, and one familiar face back to the top of the leaderboard.
Wayne Talbot, a competitor and member of the organizing committee since day one, came out on top of the men’s top division for the second time, while Donna Barr brought home the top women’s title.
Talbot, who won the title 10 years ago, joked about his age after getting his trophy.
“I’m getting pretty old now,” he laughed. “I’ve been doing this for 40 years, so this will probably be my last win.”
The two-day event wasn’t all about golf, however, as they put the reason for the tournament at the forefront. Proceeds from the Apex go towards a scholarship fund, which is handed out to African Nova Scotian students attending post-secondary schools.
This year’s recipients, and the real winners of the tournament, were Latisha Reynolds (Dalhousie), Anissa Blackmore (Dalhousie), Taeshon Best (St. Francis-Xavier) and Ebeni Skinner (Holland College).
On hand to deliver the awards was Tony Ince, the minister for African Nova Scotian Affairs. Ince has been a long time supporter of the tournament, and a major sponsor.
“I recall back in 1979 when I was here for the first time at this tournament,” he said. “It was an event – quite a community thing. And when I say ‘community,’ it’s all-inclusive.”
It takes that all-inclusive effort to promote positive change, Ince said. And while the Apex has been a leader in change for 41 years, there is still work to be done.
“When you look at the disparity of those graduating – and it is getting better – but most of them have had challenges in the system,” he said. “Anytime that I can help any community that’s doing such great things, I will try.”
For Talbot, who chairs the Truro Police Board, the tournament is all about the kids.
“For me, it’s about the education fund and the scholarship opportunities for the students,” he said. “The golf is kind of secondary.”
With many of the players promoting the same message, word spread around to Barr and her friends, who decided to join the field for the first time.
“I heard about the Apex, and thought about what a great cause it is,” she said. “I gathered up some friends and joined for the first of many.”