LISTOWEL – The Listowel Legion was the location for the first annual Ray Walter memorial pool tournament Feb. 25-26.
The tournament was organized by Trevor Angel, Canadian Poolplayers Associate league rep for the Listowel area, in memory of Walter, who was also a CPA member.
The tournament consisted of two divisions based on a handicap system set out by the CPA. A total of 19 two-person teams participated, with competitors from Listowel, Walkerton, Hanover and surrounding areas.
“We wanted to do something in memory of Ray,” stated Angel. “Both Holly Walter [Ray’s wife] and Ron [Ray’s father] are CPA members, so what a better way than to host a pool tournament here at home.”
Both were in attendance and participated in the tournament.
The event was also used as a fundraiser for the Ray Walter Memorial Fund. The fund was set up by the Walter family, in conjunction with the Listowel Kinsmen, with the proceeds going to community improvements.
“With donations made by local merchants and businesses, a donation by the Listowel Legion, as well as a few draws and a portion of the entries, we were able to raise $1,748,” Angel said. “We are hoping for more sponsorship next year as well as a full board tournament.”
The winners of the 7 division were Wendy O’Rourke and Melissa Schultz of Walkerton. Second went to Kevin Hamilton and Ryan Newman of Listowel. The winners in the 11 division was Mark Steeves of Palmerston and Frank Somerville of the Listowel league, with second going to Gerrit Boeve and Becky Hopkins of Walkerton.
“We are happy with this year’s success,” Angel said. “We hope that we can keep this going and make it an even greater success each year. We would also really like to give thanks our sponsors: Brad Haines (Nike), BTE, Sunset Golf, LTI, Matt Friel, Boshart, Tim Hortons, CPA and APA, Ideal Supply, Crabby Joe’s, Larry Hudsons, Leslie Insurance, Stratosphere Quality and Benshaw.
“Most of all I would like to thank Frank Somerville and Brad Hoffele for their help in organizing the event, and the Listowel Legion for hosting it, their donation as well as the food that they supplied. Here’s to bigger and better.”