Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
April 27, 2009
Medicine Hat Knights hit the course for a night golf game
Medicine Hat Knights and their families gather for the pre-game supper
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER
MEDICINE HAT — Not content with playing daytime golf in the summer, the Knights of Columbus of Medicine Hat also golf at night to create fraternity.
The night golf scheme takes place in September when night falls a bit earlier. It is part of a whole day of activities which includes a day golf tournament on a three-par golf course, supper and night golf, explains Michael Anctil, district deputy of district No. 35, which is made up of four councils in the Medicine Hat area.
“The night golf is quite a popular event for our district,” he said, noting about 80 knights and their families stay for the event, which starts about 9:30 p.m. and goes on for two to two and a half hours before prizes are awarded to all.
“Usually we are out of the golf course by midnight.”
The tournament is held at Paradise Valley Par Three Golf Course.
“What it is is they put a glow stick on the tee box and they put a glow stick on the flag so when you are standing on the tee box, you can see the glow stick,” explains Anctil. “From the tee box you can easily see where the flag is.”
The ball is a clear ball “and you put a glow stick in the middle of it,” he continues.
“That illuminates the ball and you put the ball down and when you hit it then it flies towards the green and you can never lose the ball at night because it always glows.”
Anctil describes night golf as “really fun” adding, “What’s really neat is when you hit the ball and the ball is rolling towards the glow stick on the flag it sometimes looks like it’s almost going to roll right in because you can’t see the hole at all, you can only see the glow stick. And then you go up to it and you just putt and write your score and move to the next hole.”
Night golf may sound dangerous but is not, Anctil says.
“In a regular golf course you almost never can see the ball coming at you; this one you can’t miss because it’s so dark out this ball is like a beacon.”
Last year the tournament was held Sept 13. This is only the second tournament the Medicine Hat Knights have had since they restarted it after a six-year lull.
“I remember one time about 10 years ago a friend of mine hit the ball on top of the hill probably 75 feet up and it looked like a flashlight was up on the hill,” recounted Anctil.
“That’s how easy it is to see the ball. If it goes in the rough, you can see it easily because it glows. And if it goes in the water, you can still see it because the ball glows in the water.”
At last year’s night golf event Anctil’s 18-year-old daughter Ashley hit her ball in the water and she swam after it.
Anctil said, “She ended up jumping in the creek to get her ball back; she got it and then she played the rest of the round and she was wet.”
FUN AND FRATERNITY
The event is held strictly for fun and fraternity. “It’s for Knights of Columbus, their families and there are lots of children that come out to this,” the district deputy said. “So it’s a real family event which allows the knights to bring their families to a fun event instead of just working all the time.”
There is no best score and no best team at the end of the tournament.
“It’s none of that; it’s just fun and everybody leaves with a minimum of a $10 prize. Everybody gets a prize.”
Councils each give $100 to purchase quality prizes for everybody, Anctil said.
The clear balls don’t cost anything. They are owned by the golf course and they charge participants $5 for the glow stick. And if you return it, they give you $5 back.”