Golf Tournament

For over 25 years our Society has been hosting an Annual Ukrainian Community Golf Tournament for members and friends.  The tournament is for all golfers, young and somewhat old, regardless of ability.  The emphasis is on everyone having a good time.

The tournament is a Texas Scramble format, enabling all players of varying skills to play and enjoy the game.

Refreshments and a snack will be served after the ninth hole.  There will be a dinner at our Centre afterwards where prizes will be distributed.  We have been fortunate to receive prizes from sponsors and players (gift certificates, gift baskets, golf-related items, and two high-end golf bags last year) so that all players receive a prize at our golf event.  We are very appreciative of our donors who continue to make our tournament most enjoyable for all levels of golfers.

Recap: Sunday, September 10th, 2023

It was another successful golf tournament at Country Meadows Golf Course on Sunday, September 10th where 12 teams participated in our 28th annual Ukrainian Community Society of Ivan Franko Golf Tournament. 

Congratulations to the following three teams who tied for first place with a scoring of 6 under:

Team Brian Giroday, Grace Giroday, Stan Archer and Ruth Archer | Team George Daschko, Sean Daschko, Devon Daschko and Jon Gilmore | Team Jennifer Wickson, John Ellis, Karen Holden and Bill Holden

Also congratulations to the following golfers:

Iza Matsumoto for the Ladies Longest Drive | Charles Ukrainetz for the Men’s Longest Drive | Moreen Takada for the Ladies Closest to the Pin | Bill Holden for the Men’s Closest to the Pin.

We are very grateful to George Daschko for donating two BC Lions box seat tickets worth $500. Roman Herchak was the very appreciative recipient of this generous prize. Money raised went towards our donation fund that is used to assist Displaced Ukrainians and the war efforts in Ukraine. 

In addition, we were very fortunate to receive many wonderful door prizes from various local businesses, members and tournament participants. We are so appreciative to all of our donors for their generous contributions. 

We would like to recognize and thank: Vera Adams and Tasha Zukewich for organizing the golf tournament; Frances Zukewich for helping to collect door prizes and for organising the delicious dinner and crew of hardworking volunteers. Our volunteers are the heart of the kitchen! Inna Smashna, our fabulous cook for her hard work cooking all day to prepare a delicious Ukrainian meal.

We also think of George Brandak who was not able to organize and be part of the tournament this year. He has been the driving force behind this annual event for over 25 years. We are forever grateful for his dedication and hard work. 

We look forward to seeing everyone in 2024.

Recap: Sunday, September 11th, 2022

It was a perfect day at Country Meadows Golf Course on September 11th where 48 golfers gathered to play in the annual Ukrainian Community Society of Ivan Franko Golf Tournament.  The Lloyd Field team won the tournament with a score of -13.  The longest drives were won by Jen Wilkenson (women) and Bill Humenny (men).  KPs were won by Natalia Lupynis (women) and Charles Ukrainetz (men).  Congratulations to all.

We were very fortunate to receive many wonderful door prizes and appreciate the generosity of all our donors. Thank you to C & D Logistics, McEwan Electric Ltd, G. C. – Bash Sheet Metal Inc., Golf Town, Sean Daschko, Jennifer Wyatt from Savage Creek, Country Meadows Golf Course, Guildford Golf and Country Club, Mayfair Lakes Golf Course, Green Acres Golf Course to name a few.  We appreciate the efforts of Tasha Zukewich, Fran Zukewich and Vera Adams for their hard work collecting door prizes.

In addition, a big thank you to C & D Logistics for their generous donation of two Canuck tickets valued at $500.  These were raffled off at our golf tournament.  Lucky winner was Fran Zukewich.  Money raised went towards our donation fund that is used to assist Displaced Ukrainians.  We are very grateful to have raised $1230.

Also, we thank our kitchen staff for preparing another delicious Ukrainian meal for our enjoyment.

George Brandak has been the driving force behind our tournament for over 25 years.  We so appreciate  all his efforts over the years to organize such a great event for members and guests.  

We look forward to seeing everyone in 2023.

Recap: Annual Ukrainian Community Golf Tournament – September 12, 2021

September was the third rainiest month on record for the Lower Mainland, but September 12th was clear and 50 golfers had a good time on the Country Meadows Course.  The scores ranged from -4 to +10. The George and Sean Daschko foursome and Bill Humeny, Sue North and Roman Herchak tied at -4, but the latter was declared first because of a better 18th hole. Susan Lazaruk and Phil Guiris were closest to the pin and Briana Adams and Bill Humeny drove their ball the longest distance.  

The banquet was held at our hall and a substantial meal was provided by our staff.  There were prizes for all 50 golfers thanks to the generosity of our Society, individual golfers, and donations collected by Sean Daschko from Envirotech, BC Logistics, Van City, Hansentek, and McEwan Electric.  I would like to thank the Country Meadows staff for the professional way in which they handled our tournament.  I am looking forward to seeing all our golfers next year.

Submitted by George Brandak—Tournament organizer  

Recap: Annual Ukrainian Golf Tournament on Sunday, September 15, 2019

Golf ball swinging

After heavy rains throughout the evening, our golfer were fortunate that the rains stopped just in time for our annual tournament on the morning of Sunday, September 15th.  The signs on the golf course said, “Watch for Sandhill Cranes,” but our golfers did not see any of them or Canada Geese, only trees and water.  The teams were evenly matched with scores ranging from -3 to +3  and a +7.  The two foursomes Vera and Glen Adams, Vicky Brkich and Neil Wickson  and Bill Humenny, Sue North, Susan Lazaruk, and Sid Axelrod  tied for the best score at -3 with the former team having the lower score on the 18th hole to claim first prize.  The longest drives of the day were by Vera Adams and Bill Humenny and the balls closest to the pin were by Jeannie Baker and Geof Smith.

After the game, players came to the Centre for a banquet, distribution of prizes. and refreshments served by Tasha Zukewich who also registered the players prior to the tee-off.  Thanks to the generosity of private donors, individual golfers, and our Society, all golfers were able to receive prizes after the meal.  The prizes included two travel bags, a gift basket, a private golf lesson, a good wine selection, and many gift certificates.  The donors included Vancity, C & D Logistics. Hansentek, Camfil Farr HVAC, Bash Sheet Metal, Environtech Air, Savage Creek Driving Range, Country Meadows Golf Course, Jennifer Wyatt, and Amron Meats.  Sean Daschko and George Brandak were able to collect prizes from our generous donors.

We are grateful to our kitchen staff who spent much time and effort to prepare a wonderful meal.  The Country Meadows Golf Course hosted us in a courteous and efficient manner.  Kudos to all our golfers, some of whom participated in our tournament in the 19th century and those who participated in their first tournament.  We hope you will continue to support our tournament and our Society.  

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