It’s fair to say Kevin Stinson knows the Lakepoint golf course like the back of his hand. For a third straight year, the 33-year-old golfer from Abbotsford is the Mighty Peace Brewing Co. Charity Pro-Am Champion.
Stinson won the weekend at Charlie Lake with a final score of -2, winning with a birdie on the first playoff hole, and taking home a purse of $3,200.
Stinson had an excellent round on Saturday, August 10, winning the round at four under par, the lowest round for the tournament, and bouncing back from a sluggish start on Friday where he finished tied for seventh after shooting two over par.
"The course is a lot different than it usually is with all the rain and stuff, so it played a lot longer," Stinson said. "It took a while to get used to that and then it was better today."
Andrew Funk and Mike Griffin finished tied for second at two under par, each winning $1,900.
Ninety golfers took part in the Charity Pro-Am, part of the Vancouver Golf Tour, with a field of 18 professionals. Local Lone Wolf pro Larry Ramstad finished seventh at +1 with a $925 take.
“The whole goal is to show the course and the region and northern hospitality,” said Fraser Mulholland, tour president and commissioner.
The tournament raised more than $12,500 in support of the North Peace Mental Health Society. Funds will support the society’s programming, in particular client support and wellness. That includes group activities like bowling and camping, or self-improvement courses like first aid or food safe.
The society also runs a clubhouse that supports more than a dozen clients suffering from depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, and other disorders.
"A lot of people who have mental illness, they close themselves in, they retreat from society," said executive director Ed Goerzen.
"It's important to get people out and interacting with others, getting them into activities in the clubhouse with others and outside in the public, so they can meet people and talk to people, and get socializing again back in normal society."
Supporting the mental health society was close to the hearts of tournament organizers and the Lakepoint family after losing friend, club member, and pro-am tournament regular Dustin Hill, said co-organizer Justin McKinnon.
"We thought we need to do what we can with our funding to help the local society that deals with mental health issues," McKinnon said.
"We got a hold of a lot of people, we got hold of a lot of pros, we got a lot of support from the community in general, and they all came out and helped us with this."
"There's nobody, certainly in this room and this community, that hasn't been touched in some way, shape, or form by somebody with a mental health issue, or mental health issues themselves," McKinnon said.
"We all go through ups and downs. It's something that needs to be talked about more, it's something that needs more resources and more funding, more programs. We're doing the little part that we can to help it."
Stinson said he looks forward to returning in 2020 to make a run for his fourth-straight title.
"Good people, good golf course, and a fun event. To take a few days off to come up here is always a treat," Stinson said.
1. Kevin Stinson (142)
2. Andrew Funk (142)
3. Mike Griffin (142)
T4. Garrett Kucher (144)
T4. Riley Lamb (144)
T4. Steven Lecuyer (144)
7. Larry Ramstad (145)
T8. Ian Kim (146)
T8. Nik Petros (146)
T10. Kevin Vigna (147)
T10. Matt Gudmundson (147)
T10. Oliver Tubb (147)
13. Sergej Dronov (149)
T14. Bryn Parry (150)
T14. Karishma Thiagaraj (150)
16. Edward Metcalfe (151)
T17. Andrew Rasmussen (160)
T17. Connor McLellan (16)
1. Lobo Picker
2. Raven Oilfield
3. PJ Oilfield Services
4. Tracker Contracting
5. Chopped Leaf
6. Petron Communications
7. Smith Fuels
T8. Dunn Hiebert
T8. Gar-North Pipe Bending
10. Kalmor Ventures
11. Mighty Peace Brewing
12. Lakepoint #1
13. Lakepoint #2
14. Peace Country Rentals
15. Bold Promotions
T16. D. E. Hoffmeyer
T16. Wonowon Water Solutions
18. Trans Peace Construction
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