The picture above shows that there is golf in March in Northwestern Ontario, showing Max Clement and Ray Lacqerre at the Driftwood Classic on the Flood Waters .
The weekly Friday LaCopa league golf continued this week, the day was warm and humid from the rainy days of Tues,Wed,and Thursday.
Even with the rain , the course was in fine shape.
Three new golfers joined the group, Bill Kozak of Thunder Bay, Clare and Rolande of Barry Ontario.
17 golfers took part in the quest of trying to get the bragging rights for the week. the blue team of Gerry Busch, Clare LeFave and Harry LaCore took the top spot with a team score of 31.
The Red team of Bill Kozak, Rolande LeFave, Sandra Olson and Jo LaCore turned in a 33,
good for a tie for second with the Green team made up of Tony Guadagnolo, Bill Stewart and Joyce Foy.
the all male Pink team of Duane Miller with his Son Gary, Howard Stewart and Keith Bess shot a team score of 34.
Tracy Andrews lead his Team mates Bev Guadagnolo and Dianna Stewart to a team score of 35.
Clare LeFave shot the only birdie of the day on hole # 7, a 95 yarder. Congratulations Clare.
the best individual scores for the ladies were Jo LaCore and Joyce Foy with 36.
For the men it was Keith, Howard and Harry turning in 35’s on the round.
the players in the driftwood classic from about 2004.
Max Clement has been hosting this event for many years. The layout is for 18 holes, and depending on the weather it is sometimes shortened to only 9 holes.
the front nine is 1770 yards and the parr is 37. The back nine is much longer and plays 2403 yards long, the par is the same as the front nine, 37.
Hole # 13 plays 500 yards long and if there is any snow on the ice it is very hard to reach. conditions must be good to play the 18 holes.
You can walk the course, use a 4 wheeler or a snow machine to get around.
Driftwood open winter classic.
Max Clement’s driftwood winter classic was held on April 3 rd 2016,
This golf tournament has been held for 20 plus years, and is played on the ice in front of Max’s cabin
on Driftwood bay on the floodwaters (Marmion lake Reservoir),north of the Atikokan Hydro Generating Station site.
Some years the ice conditions were very poor and the tournament was not held.
This years classic started with a stop at the White Otter Inn where everyone had a full breakfast
to get them warmed up and mentally prepared to face the minus 12 degree temps and a 15 km wind
that was waiting for them on the Lake.
the snow was falling and there had been about 4 cm on the ice.
Driftwood bay, got its name for all the driftwood and stumps that are present in the bay, this area was flooded in 1926
as a storage area for the hydro dam at the moose lake hydro station
Max, with his three Grandsons, Adam Clement, Max and his twin brother Gregg Fulton, with Ray Laquerre and Richard Lampi rounded out the golfers who braved the weather to participate in this classic.
The game was played one day after Max’s 90th birthday.