Sara Funk, Joyce Milligan, Lynn Loken, and Jen Woodland take a break from the sun during the Bill Adamack Memorial Golf Tournament. James Snell/The Free Press

Golf tournament a hole-in-one for Fernie charities

The third bi-annual Bill Adamack Memorial Golf Tournament teed off on August 17 at the The Fernie Golf and Country Club.

Conditions were gusty with afternoon cloud development. Bursts of bellicose laughter could be heard all the way to clubhouse, as 54 participants played 18-holes.

Sponsored by Fernie Home Hardware Building Centre, the tournament was dedicated to a long-time employee of Home Hardware/Beaver Lumber in Fernie – the cantankerous William “Bill” Adamack, who died unexpectedly in 2012 at the age of 61.

Bill was a long-standing member of The 3300 Club, Fernie’s own benevolent secret society, which is dedicated to community building, egalitarianism, and fun.

Eight thousand dollars, distributed by The 3300 Club, was raised this year, funding local children’s sports and post-secondary scholarships. Twenty-four thousand dollars has been raised since the tournament’s 2015 inception.

Sarah Ingram, tournament volunteer and “official heckler” said the tournament is all about helping kids in the Fernie area.

“The $8000 is going to make a huge difference for a lot of people,” she said. “And most of the prizes were donated by local businesses.”

Greg Gardenits traveled from Edmonton to participate in the tournament. He said the event was worth the effort.

“We need to be here to support The 3300 Club and this cause,” he said. “This event gives kids and families an opportunity to play sports and learn. Many families don’t have the opportunities.”

Walter Ingram, owner of Fernie Home Hardware Building Centre, said his suppliers make the tournament possible.

“They give us money,” he said. “And the locals help a lot, too.”

The Parastone Developments team – Dave Longshaw, Josh Picinni, Jason Smith and Chris Dryborough won this year’s tournament.

To donate a prize to the 2021 golf fundraiser, or to register, please contact Fernie Home Hardware Building Centre: 250-423-4694

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