The Tony Servello Senior Golf Open Tournament took place on Thursday, July 20. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Tony Servello Senior Open

On Thursday, July 20, golfers took to the greens to participate in the 2017 Tony Servello Senior Open golf tournament.

Out of 75 participants, Gary Mitchell came out on top with the best men’s score, and Arlene Bye took the top spot in the ladies category.

It’s not uncommon to have people travel in for this event from as far as Crowsnest Pass and Elkford, and people did so again this year.

2017 marks the 35th annual Tony Servello tournament, which started after Servello, a dedicated Fernie golfer, passed away.

Shotgun start began at 10 a.m., and the day continued until the evening.

The golf club recently hosted their club tournament, a two day event which was very well attended by all categories.

Throughout the golf season, Fernie hosts 25 organized events, not including men’s night every Wednesday and ladies night every Tuesday. Additionally, Thursday is seniors’ day.

“I think we have more than most,” said Max Sherwood, head professional at the Fernie Golf &Country Club when asked about the busy summer schedule.

“But it’s very active, lots of fun.”

The next event for the Fernie Golf &Country Club is the 39th annual He and She Golf Tournament on August 5. The rules are unconventional, yet simple; both players tee off, switch balls after the drive, select the best after the second shots and play alternate shot until the ball is holed. On par three’s, the best shot is selected immediately following the tee shot. This tournament costs $40 for members and $75 for non-members, and includes golf, dinner and prizes. Space is limited to 50 teams, and registration closes on August 2.