GARRY'S GOLF (page 2)
2010 arrangements were handled by Sue Purves, and John Broen and they truly outdid themselves!!! John booked our accommodation at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kitchener/Waterloo, and Sue secured tee times for the golfers at the Savannah Golf Links and Innerkip Highlands golf courses. The weather co-operated, and all aspects of our stay were just perfect.
Our Wednesday dinner was at the Cambridge retro-restaurant, '50's Diner, and for Thursday, the Blackshop Restaurant, both offering scrumptious food, calorie free of course.
The HGI hotel handled all our needs plus providing extra service for our special Friday dinner in an exemplary manner, even presenting us with a special cake!!! In particular, Hilton Staff Members Tony and Anne (centre & right) anticipated any requirements we had and went above and beyond to ensure we had a memorable time. This was particularly commendable as the annual air show was on and the participants (Snow Birds, etc.) were also staying at the hotel. Regardless of this extra load, all staff were friendly and did their utmost to make our stay memorable!
As a result, I sent complimentary e-mails to both the Hilton HQ, and to the HGI Cambridge. Here are quotes from their replies:
From Dallas, Hilton HQ
"Thank you for visiting the website and sharing your positive comments with us. We appreciate you taking the time to e-mail us. Your message will be sent directly to the hotel so that a member of management can extend kudos to their team for going above and beyond. We value you as our loyal guest and look forward to serving your lodging needs again in the near future."
Bryan Wills, Hilton Hotels Corporation, Guest Assistance Specialist
From Cambridge HGI
"Thank you very much for taking your time emailing me about your great experience and wonderful stay in our Hotel. I will make sure that this email will be passed along to Tony & Anne and all staff of HGI Cambridge. Looking forward to see you again next year. Have a Wonderful Day!"
Cristina Dumas -Operations Manager, Hilton Garden Inn Cambridge
Al Hay, in his inimitable, detailed fashion, arranged to have a photographer take our group picture outside the hotel. As can be seen if you compare it to the earlier 1989 photo, we really haven't changed much ... maybe just wiser ... more experienced ... but still fun-loving! Though, sadly, our numbers are diminished, you can still recognize our high spirits and Joie de Vivre!
A special treat this year was the attendance of Brian and Carolyn Nice from Costa Rica who haven't participated in our annual get-together for many years.
The Poker Club Annual Golf Weekend June 2010
Considering awards, this was the 31st year for the presentation of the coveted Coppard Cup! Wow! Where has the time gone (check the above photos ...). This year the Innerkip Highlands course was selected as the trophy challenge, and it was certainly was, but also beautiful and enjoyable to play. Personally, I shot a 99 just proving my traditional ineptness, but Steve carded an amazing 79! And no, that was on 18, not 9. I can attest to his score as we were in the same foursome, and he combined skill with some luck in a memorable performance not previously reached by anyone in our group's history! At right he receives the trophy from last year's recipient, Marsh who looks somewhat reluctant about parting with the historic prize.
Receiving the ladies award this year was Carolyn Nice shown at left still star-struck with the honour! Of course she was probably just trying to figure out how she was going to get it home to Costa Rica.
Dave opens some of his well thought out presents.
At left, Steve and Marsh enjoy their notoriety, and open their well selected and colourful gifts.
Finally, it was my turn to present the totally obscure and tasteless Elvis award to the most deserving of this year's get-together, Steve. This travesty had 'adorned' our office for two years and certainly wanted to escape as it must have known I was ready to see if it could fly.
As can be seen, I look worried that Steve might not accept this 'treasure', but Steve is obviously delighted (?) to be further honoured with this ... thing!
To those that haven't visited the Cambridge area, you should make an effort to enjoy this idyllic area. I only golfed one day so Judy and I had the opportunity to tour the Kitchener-Waterloo area, specifically, two wonderfully quaint towns, Elmira and St.Jacobs - amazing bakeries and butcher shops, plus many historic sites!
In summary, we all had a wonderful time, and again many thanks to the organizers, Sue and John. Next year our plans are to return to Cambridge and The Hilton for another fun-filled reunion!
A Vignette: After Cambridge, Judy & I, and Keith & Fran MacLeod visited Stratford for the afternoon performance of a Shakespearean play, "The Tempest" starring Christopher Plummer. The play was spectacular, but our pre-show picnic in the park adjacent to the theatre had some interesting dramatics. Just click here to follow our little "Play-in-the-Park".
2011 Arrangements this year were again handled superbly by Sue Purves, and John Broen!!! John booked our accommodation at the Hilton Garden Inn in Cambridge, and Sue secured tee times for the golfers at the Savannah Golf Links and Innerkip Highlands golf courses. The weather co-operated, and all aspects of our stay were just perfect.
The HGI hotel handled all our needs plus providing extra service for our special main lounge Friday dinner in an exemplary manner, even presenting us with a special Poker Club 35th Anniversary cake celebrating our gang's longevity and golfing prowess!!!
Our Wednesday dinner was at the Cambridge retro-restaurant, '50s Diner, and for Thursday, the Blackshop Restaurant, both offering scrumptious food, calorie free of course.
The gang celebrated Judy's and Sue Purves's 70th birthdays in typical grand fashion.
Concerning golf, Marsh and Judy Egelnik won the trophies. A special attraction was the presentation of the totally obscure and tasteless Elvis award to Ozzie who was completely underwhelmed by this gesture.
After the Cambridge golf, we accompanied the MacLeods to a Shaw Festival Play in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The Shaw Festival, a series of theatrical productions featuring the works of George Bernard Shaw, his contemporaries, or plays about his era (18561950), runs from April to November. The festival operates three theatres in the centre of town: the Festival, Royal George, and Court House theatres, and features one of a repertory acting company, scenic staff, and collection of resident and guest directors considered some of the best in the English-speaking world.
We of course took in all the sights in this historic town and had a great picnic, this year without being challenged by a 'Barney Fife Wannabe'!
2012 The same superb arrangements by Sue Purves, and John Broen!!! John booked our accommodation at the Hilton Garden Inn in Cambridge, and Sue secured tee times for the golfers at the Savannah Golf Links and Innerkip Highlands golf courses. The weather cooperated, and all aspects of our stay were just perfect though we did miss Tony and Anne and their extraordinary service. Regardless, the Hilton maintained its high standard by presenting us, yet again, with a very appropriate cake!
This year, the trophies were won by the husband and wife team of Al and Joyce Hay. As can be seen, they are VERY pleased with the results! It is noted that the trophies are also getting heavier as the years go by and 'stuff' is added.
Under the close scrutiny of Steve and Steph, Al metes out the portions in engineering exactness to ensure everyone gets the same-sized slice!
We also celebrated Janice Kinch's and Fran MacLeod's 70th birthdays! Each was showered with appropriate gifts.
Additionally, I showed pictures plus played a recording of Fran's Hole-in-One celebration at the Indian Hills Golf Course on 26 June 2004. Judy S. gave a very touching tribute to Fran describing just what a wonderful friend we are fortunate to be blessed with.
"Calling Elvis ... ?"
There was no presentation of the questionable "Elvis" award which was forced upon Oz last year. Perhaps he took it with him.
After the golf antics, Keith, Fran, Judy and I attended a Shaw Festival play, Rag Time, in Niagara-on-the-Lake. It was superb and had us going from laughs to tears and back! Included in our excursion was a marvelous picnic and shopping in this quaint town.
Note the wine! and NO Barney Fife!!!
2013 This year marked a return to Niagara Falls on the 12th to 15th of June as handled by Keith and Al. Keith arranged our accommodation at the lovely Marriott Hotel located conveniently in the heart of the city. Al booked the golf for the 13th at Hunters Pointe, and 14th at the Battlefield Golf Course. Keith also reserved our eating establishments: TGIFriday, ANTICA Pizzeria & Ristorante , and The Keg which was on-site at the Marriott.
Unfortunately, the weatherman did not cooperate for golf on the Thursday! I took a picture out our hotel room window that morning and, as can be seen, even the most dedicated golfers did not argue the cancellation on that date!
Fortunately, Marsh was able to arrange for the golfers to attend a play at the Shaw Festival at Niagara-on-the-Lake, entitled Lady Windermere's Fan by Oscar Wilde. What started out as a disaster for us had turned into a most enjoyable event! Non-golfers headed off on their own adventures with Judy S. and her passengers visiting the Strewn Winery and Cooking School. Here is a picture of Sue, Judy and Janet on the restaurant patio:
Of interest is this photo of our get-together taken by John. While some may say I'm bemoaning the fact we couldn't golf on the Thursday, actually I had just remembered I'd forgotten my Depends!!! Judy was explaining this to Joyce evidently ...
The weather improved on the Friday so we could satisfy our wishes to prove how ambidexterous (useless with both hands) we were.
Golf was enjoyable from the standpoint the Battalion course was beautiful, but also challenging due to the soaking it had received in the preceding days! We were riding power carts, but were advised we had to keep to the paths and were not allowed on the fairways! The result? We ended up walking probably far more than if we had just pull carts in the first place! Why? Because for example if the cart path was to the right of the fairway, but you hit the ball to the far left, you had to walk across the fairway to get to your ball. And then there was the question did you have the correct club, so we ended up carrying a couple of clubs with us on every opportunity. We all handled the front nine in reasonable fashion but the back nine was truly an exercise in longevity for most of us! To say we were weary after the game was putting it mildly!
The final result? This year's winners were Grant and Ann!
Here is a photo of the ecstatic winners:
As can be seen they were overwhelmed with the honour, especially when it was announced that in addition they would be blessed with the notorious Elvis Memorial Plaque!!!
Note: Following the get-together on Saturday, Judy and I visited the MacLeods at their beautiful new condo. On Sunday, the four of us attended the play Blythe Spirit by Noel Coward, in Stratford. What a lovely finish to our trip west!
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