HISTORY OF THE BUDDIES OPEN
In 1994, the North West Devils were awarded $500 for winning the Bill Bolton Consolation Men’s Hockey Championship. Excited and not knowing what to do with the bounty, we decided to put the funds towards a golf tournament and BBQ. The event was so successful it is a ritual.
Nearly the entire original Devils continue to take part in the tourney (though none have ever won), much has changed. Most notably, the bachelors have become fathers making their wives and children part of the Buddies. That is what makes it special.
Although trophies for low gross, closest to the pin and longest drive are awarded, the real challenge is improvement. We keep track of each player’s score year-in year-out to determine the coveted Most Improved Golfer. So don’t be afraid if you have never picked up a club, many a hacker has turned near-pro at the Buddies. Sadly, many of us have worsened as well.
Roughly 80 participants now take part in the annual event, which does not include the many friends and family members that attend afterwards just for the BEvERages and world famous sausages. We’ve even added live music to spice up the ambiance.
Remember all are welcome regardless of handicap-any Buddy of yours is a Buddy of ours.
The challenge is on!