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Golfers hit the green
Annual tournament draws a crowd as mens and mixed division golfers play for the prize

April Hudson
Northern News Services
Thursday, August 6, 2015

Golfers took to the course on a bright, sunny Aug. 4 to celebrate the end of the long weekend with a game.

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Ron Uitvlugt prepares his shot at hole nine during the Nahendeh Classic. - April Hudson/NNSL photo

The Nahendeh Classic golf tournament drew out 11 teams for its 12th year running, with golfers competing in the mens division and mixed division to shoot 18 holes.

"The greens are fantastic this year - they're nice and lush from all the rain we've had," said William Michaud. Michaud's team including Arnold Hope, Kele Antoine and Kenny Harrison scored first place in the tournament with a 68. The course's par is 72.

The team got serious right from the beginning, playing to win and focusing on the game.

"We win a lot of tournaments," Michaud said.

Antoine said the course poses a great challenge right from the beginning, with the first hole being a tough one.

While many players make it out to the Nahendeh Classic every few years, others make it out each year like clockwork.

Gordon Thompson, who got a birdie on the fourth hole, said he doesn't miss a year.

"This is something great to do at the end of a holiday other than work," he said.

Likewise, Ron Uitvlugt said he comes out every year.

"Everybody does. This tournament is great for entertainment," he said. "My team has been chased around the golf course by other teams."

Although teams were supposed to have four people, some only had three.

Players in the mixed division received prizes.

"This was our first year offering mixed-division prizes," said Nahendeh MLA Kevin Menicoche. "Usually, only the winners of the mens division get a prize."

The mixed division was taken by Travis Hanna, Nicole Chalette, Jake Waugh and Steven Lenoir, who hit par at 72.

Prizes were given out for first and second place teams as well as by random draw, and included a mountain bike donated by the Northern store, camping gear and household items.

The game was followed by a dinner at the golf course, and the day ended with a horse race round, where Hanna's team again took first place.

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