March 2, 2013: The Winter Beach Golfers caught a lucky break this year in
the weather for the annual anything goes Port Stanley tournament on main beach.
The temperatures weren't too bad, though the wind was a little raw. "This ain't
half bad," enthused one golfer. "We've had snow, rain, and blizzards in other years."
This beach golf tournament is played regardless of weather conditions, from occasionally
downright balmy to blizzards so thick you could barely see the flags or green tennis
balls used instead of golf balls.
The number of participants was a little light this year and those absent were missed.
A couple recently moved to Port Stanley was having fun. They thought the whole tournament
was a great concept.
One of the original organizers of the tournament was back this year after a four
year absence while he was out west. "Dale Bates and I started this thing, as a way
to thumb our noses at winter," he laughed. "It's a little disappointing to see such
a light turn out, especially when we've had as many as 140 people come out to have
fun with this."
Although fewer in number, the groups we took pictures of certainly seemed to be
enjoying themselves every bit as much as those we've photographed in other years.
There seems to be something peculiarly invigorating and laughter-generating about
golfing with frozen waves as a back drop - just so Canadian! If you missed
the fun this year, make sure you don't miss it next year.