A very solid six under par 64 landed the golfers representing the Lyell Strader family the Memorial Day tournament silverware at the Cedar Glen Golf Course here on Saturday.
The annual tournament is played in memory of the local families who are forever appreciated for their contributions to the Cedar Glen Golf course and the Williamsburg community.
They include the late Cliff and Agnes Casselman upon whose farm the original nine-hole Cedar Glen course was built, the late Stuart and Ethel Saddlemire whose farmland is home to the Glen’s expanded back nine holes, the late Lyell Strader who was the Glen’s first member and Dr. M.W. Locke who played a big role in the history of Williamsburg.
The tournament is open to all Cedar Glen members, all family members of those being honoured and all area golfers. This year, all but one team played in the mixed scramble format and they were Brandon and Vince Cousineau and Bryden and Peter Van Kessel who posted an impressive 13 under par 59.
Winning by a slim one stroke in the mixed scramble format category with their 64 was the team of Lyle and Kim Schell and Mitch and Laurie Hutt. Laurie and Lyle are grandchildren of the late Lyle Strader.
The mixed championship was highly contested with three teams finishing tied for second place with five under par 65s.
They included the Sam Locke team, the Brian McNairn team and the Cheryl Low team.
Playing for the Locke team were Sam and Claire Locke and and daughter Jane Howe and Wayde Roles.
For the McNairn team were Brian and Bonnie McNairn and Shawn and Lila Lapier and playing for the Lowe team were Cheryl Lowe, John Phillips, Sherri Boyd and Michael Hunt.
The ladies long drive was struck by Lindsay Waddell, and Brandon Cousineau hit the longest ball for the men.
Cheryl Lowe produced the closest to the hole shot on the par three 15th hole and Sam Locke had the closest for the men on the par three 12th.
Tied with 66s were the teams of Garry McMillan and Shaler Hill and the Barry Casselman team was next with a 68.
“We are here today to remember some very special people in our club’s history and in the history of our community,” said Cedar Glen owner Dennis Casselman as he spoke of each of the families being honoured.
Mahlon Locke thanked Dennis and Kathy for doing “ a great job on this tournament year after year. We thank you for hosting the tournament every year and allowing us to have a beer and hoist one for the old days.”
Bruce Whitteker said he remembers how his grandfather and grandmother (Cliff and Agnes Casselman) used to refer to Dennis and Ronnie Casselman and Rex Whitteker as the “three mouseketeers”. “The course is in great shape. I know it is a lot of work, and I’m very proud to be a member of this club.”
His sentiments were echoed by Lyle Schell whose grandfather Lyell Strader was Cedar Glen’s first member and first paid member every year after that. “I am proud to be a member here, and I hold my glass proudly for all these people in their memory.”