Part 22 of the Journey Along the Shores series looks back at the annual gathering of the Honourable Company of Reverse Jans Golfers
Canal Shores is about coming together, having fun through laid back competition, and caring for a special community asset. That is the spirit in which the Honourable Company of Reverse Jans Golfers convened for its third annual gathering and golf outing in December of last year.
The day began with solid geekery as HCRJG Member Andy Johnson (@the_fried_egg) brought out his drone to capture photos and video of work that we completed as part of our Metra Corner Makeover.
Andy was kind enough to put together a video montage that illustrates well how integrated with the surrounding community Canal Shores is. Our clearing efforts along the canal and our work on making bunkers and grass lines more interesting is also evident.
It was then on to the golf. We had six teams totaling 24 members of The Company playing our 14 hole reverse routing. The competition was friendly and intense, and thankfully we managed not to damage any property. We also got the now customary wide range of curious and bemused reactions from folks out walking wondering a) why is this big group playing golf in December, and b) do you realize that you are going in the wrong direction?
After the round, we convened at the Legion for food, storytelling, and awards. Many thanks to Company Member John Enright from Bluestone in Evanston for providing the food. Thanks also to Imperial Headware and Seamus Golf for once again providing us with stellar swag for our contestants.
As always, Team Dingles (Captained by David Inglis) won one of the sets of treasured glassware. I can honestly not remember which team won the other set, and it doesn’t matter because having fun and giving back is what is more important to us.
We managed to raise several thousand dollars and were ecstatic when the opportunity arose to use our donation to help our Superintendent Tony Frandria (@TonyTurf) repaint his maintenance shop. HCRJG Member Lisa Quinn connected Tony to a vendor and this spring the shop was transformed.
The fine folks at Dynamic Colors absolutely crushed the job and gave us a cool recap video as a bonus.
I can’t thank the members of the HCRJG enough for their ongoing support of our dream chasing at Canal Shores. That support extends well beyond the afternoon each December when we hold our gathering. They are there year-round, putting the community in community golf.
More Journey Along the Shores posts:
- Pt.1 – Introduction
- Pt.2 – The Land
- Pt.3 – Principles for Greatness
- Pt.4 – First Steps
- Pt.5 – Tree Management
- Pt.6 – 4 Course Concept
- Pt.7 – Pilot Projects
- Pt.8 – More Tree Management
- Pt.9 – Inspiration for the New Canal Shores
- Pt.10 – Off-Season Projects
- Pt.11 – Blue Sky Findings
- Pt.12 – Good Geeky Fun
- Pt.13 – 4 Course Concept Revisited
- Pt.14a – The Power of Volunteers
- Pt.14b – More Volunteer Power
- Pt.15 – Metra Corner Makeover
- Pt.15b – Metra Corner Update
- Pt.16 – Super Changes
- Pt.17 – 14th Hole Bunker Rebuild
- Pt.18 – Annual Volunteer Recap
- Pt.19 – All About the Trees
- Pt.20 – Spring Project
- Pt.21 – Reverse Jans Recap
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