The White Bear Golf Course was host to the first All Reserve Golf Event, a Texas Scramble format with 32 teams competing. The event was organized by Brett Standingready and Shawna Maxay, and was fully booked within 23 hours of the call for entries.
There were teams from 13 different First Nations. The team from the Onion Lake First Nation travelled almost 800 kilometres to participate. For those of you out there who think 13 is a lucky number, it certainly proved so on this occasion.
With full entries, there was a planned $22,000 in available prize money. The long drive for the women and men was worth $500, close proximity on the four par threes were $1,000, and $2,700 was for team skins, which there were four, working out to $675 apiece. The first place team captured $4,000.
A separate 50/50 draw paid $105 to the winner.
White Bear Sports and Recreation sponsored the hole in one on all of the four par 3s at $10,000 each; which were insured through Cooperators Insurance Agency in Carlyle, and the Long Drive and the closest to the pin competitions were sponsored by White Bear Lake Resort.
Winning the event was the team from Standing Buffalo with a score of 16-under-par, taking home what one would think would be the big prize of the day, except for the hole in one on the par 3, 16th hole by Tristan Keshane of Keeseekoose First Nation, who knocked in a 194-yard ace with a 6-iron, taking the big prize of the day.
The ace netted him $11,675 with the skin and the par 3, proximity, on top of the 10 grand; Keshane shared his success with his team members.
Plans are already in the works to have the event in 2021.
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