People . . . at the Cup

ALLISON GRAHAM -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 11:22 AM ET

There was a common theme expressed by visitors to London at the CHL golf tournament yesterday. The city is making an impression on the nation and it's a good one. Golfing at Sunningdale, one of the area's finest golf courses, probably took the city up another notch.

Mike Murphy, vice-president hockey operations for the NHL, told me that he thinks the entire Memorial Cup has been tremendous. You would think that with a little time off at the National Hockey League level he would have some time to work on his golf game, but he said his performance on the greens was merely "adequate."

On the good news front, Murphy is confident the NHL will be back in full swing for September, but claims to know little more than what we can read in the newspapers. Murphy was a guest of John Davies, Brad Selwood and Trish Campbell of the Oshawa Generals.

NHL referee Don Van Massenhoven is hoping Murphy is correct about next season. Don says he is missing the game, but is occupying his time as a sales rep at Wurfel Strathroy Pontiac Buick GMC. He golfed with Dale Wurfel, owner of the dealership.

Gordon Thompson, president of Sunningdale, and John Adams, general manager, were pleased with the turnout of 288 golfers and the pace of play and so was tournament chairperson Jim Mignault of the Investor's Group. With the two 18-hole golf courses side by side and the relatively new clubhouse, it was the perfect location choice. Plus, Jim is a Sunningdale member.

Jim and many others, such as Jeff Page, Tim Grant, Audrey Dakin, Jeff Smith, Kathy Krawec and Maureen O'Dwyer from the Investor's Group office, participated in the tournament. Maureen had a close call when a golf ball came close to hitting her during the longest drive competition.

Speaking of close calls, Mike O'Hagan, of Investor's Group, and Dave Brown were within inches of a hole-in-one to win $25,000. I can't tell you which Dave Brown, as neither would claim the close ace. So, all I can tell you is the lucky shot was made by either Dave Brown of Remax or Dave Brown of Woods Hodgins Insurance.

Usually when a team wins a tournament with 15-under-par, you hear some "but they had to have cheated" rumblings. Considering where the winners work, their score had to be legitimate. The winning team was Mitch Say and Bob Else of Taylor Made and Andy Marshall and Darren Allison of Bob Martin's Golf. Need I say more?

That group took top prize on the Thompson course and team 1B -- Gina DeVuono, Cory Boiselle, Tim Benner and Greg Twine of ESQ -- won first place on the Robinson 18.

Each member of the winning teams was given wine by Remax, the title sponsor of the CHL golf tournament. Representatives from Remax included Jason Sims, Jerry Vandergoot, Doug Wipperman, Rob Sanderson, Tim Connolly, Christine Panyi and Tim Komaromi. Of course, Gary Robinson, vice-chairperson of special events for the Memorial Cup, and his wife, Becky Robinson, also golfed.

Other at the CHL tournament included Mark Starr, of Patene Building Supplies; Frank Boutzis, of Bank of Montreal; Frank Hurkmans and Bob Lukings, of LaFarge Construction Materials; Angelo Fortese, of Fortese Concrete; Darlene Ropp, of The London Free Press; and the ever so suave former NHL player Michel Goulet.


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