Michael Yeomans practices his short game before taking to the links on Saturday during the Prince Rupert Rampage Charity Golf Scramble.

Rampage, fans hit the greens

Approximately 24 teams of four made up the 94 participants who had signed up for the event

Hockey jerseys hung from the walls of the Prince Rupert Golf Club, but no one’s number was being retired – the sweaters were available to be won at the Rupert Rampage’s sixth annual Charity Golf Scramble on Saturday.

Starting in the rainy hours of the morning, but tapering off into a sun-filled afternoon, organizers and Rampage members Jean-Luc Fournier and Derek Baker hosted the event, which attracted players, fans and staff of the senior men’s hockey team.

Approximately 24 teams of four made up the 94 participants who had signed up for the event, with partial proceeds of the $10,000 raised going to the Prince Rupert Wildlife Shelter, the Kyle Flaten Fund and the Prince Rupert Special Events Society.

Final tallies of the event will be available in the coming days.

A dinner followed the tee-off times, which ran from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the winning team consisted of Dylan Lawrence, Jeff Meyer, Jeff Negru and Ian Robinson.

Coming in second were the group of Emily and Greg Kawaguchi, Nick Roemer and Mike Zowie.

“Jean-Luc kind of spearheaded it this year, with support from others on the team,” said Baker on Saturday.

“It was kind of a late start [for the organizing process], but we managed to get everything together,” said Fournier.

“We had a lot of late hole sponsors, which was really good … so hopefully we have a good day of golf today.”

Rampage volunteer Reggie Huskins collected numerous prizes from the corporate community and the haul lined a whole wall of the banquet area. Some items up for grabs included beer glasses, jerseys, junior golf lessons, a cake, collared shirts and airfare tickets to Vancouver.

While half the Rampage team played on the weekend, Baker offered his compliments to the greens-keeping staff who have worked tirelessly to revive the course in time for summer.

“The course is playing great. It’s in really good shape from the sun we had there in June and early July, so I think people are going to have a really good time today despite the weather being a little bit soggy, but this isn’t the first time Rupert’s experienced a little bit of rain,” said the defenceman.

“A huge thank you to our sponsors – everyone who donated prizes and posters and advertising for us,” said Baker.


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