Sappier, Welch drink from the boot

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For the second time in the 26-year history of the Frederick Sappier Memorial Rubber Boot golf tournament at the Woodstock Golf and Curling Club, Shawn Sappier will add his name to the tournament plaque honouring his late father.

On Saturday, May 28, as men’s champion, Sappier joined women’s champ Angela Welch as they toasted victory with traditional drinks from the rubber boot.

“I love this tournament,” said a beaming Sappier, who has been the tournament’s lead organizer for several years.

Sappier gained help from sons Brayden and Skylar, both avid and skilled golfers, handing out trophies at the tournament-ending award ceremony.

Sappier shot a low-net 63 to edge out Allison Fish’s 64, while Welch’s 68 outdistanced Loree Kaye’s 71.

Among the 22 men participants, following Sappier and Fish was Jon Gallant with a 65; Steve Robbins, 67; Justin Carr, 68; and Fred Seca, 68.

Behind Welch and Kaye, among the eight women were Pauline Pelky with a 72; Debbie Grant, 73: Jocelyn Keirstead, 74; and Debbie Tapley, 75.

Welch took the Closest to the Pin title for the women, while Fish grabbed the title among the men, earning him the Jack Kitchen Memorial trophy and prizes donated by the Kitchen family.

Kaye for the women and Carr for the men took home the Kelti Burnett Memorial Shootout trophy and prizes on the day.

Sappier said the 2022 tournament saw participation fall slightly, noting the weather forecast predicting heavy rains could be partly at fault.

However, he noted, the rains held off until all the golfers were safely back in the clubhouse.

“I think my Dad was holding it back for us,” he said.

Sappier said it was great to see the Rubber Boot return early in the golf season, following COVID delays and cancellations over the past two years. The 2020 tournament was cancelled, with the 2021 event delayed until late July.

“Rubber Boot” reflects the tournament’s traditional scheduling as the first of Woodstock Golf Club’s golf season.

Jim Dumville, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, River Valley Sun

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