Golf Classic raises more than $14,000 for Cancer Society

Despite having fewer foursomes than last year, the second annual Bob Park Charitable Golf Classic exceeded expectations.

Despite having fewer foursomes than last year, the second annual Bob Park Charitable Golf Classic exceeded expectations.

Raising $5,000 more than in the previous year, the scramble, held Saturday at Mountainview Golf Course, raised about $14,500 for the Whitehorse Cancer Society.

“It’s hard in the summer to get everyone out,” said Crystal Birmingham, Bob Park’s former partner and one of the event organizers. “But we almost sold out — we had room for 36 teams and I believe we had 32.”

Bob Park was a sports enthusiast and bar owner in Whitehorse who died in August 2006 from pancreatic cancer.

“If Bob wasn’t playing poker, he was definitely out on the golf course,” said Birmingham, who runs Park’s establishment, the Roadhouse.

“So we were looking for something to raise awareness of cancer, to raise money, so it was a natural jump to look to golf.

“He played in every sport you can imagine,” she added.

After 18 holes, the foursome, called Pacific Northwest, was at the top of the board golfing 15 under with a 57.

“The more we drank, the better we got,” said Mike Hannah, a member of Pacific Northwest, which reached its destination accumulating 11 birdies and two eagles, and going six under on the front nine and nine under in the back nine.

Other Pacific Northwest team members included Shayne King, Troy Cairns and Blaine Tessier.

“We were all friends of Bobby,” said Mike Tuton, from the third place team Team Tuton, which finished 12 under.

“It was nice to have all these friends out for a round of golf.”

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