54 Years and Still Going Strong

2015 Group Bob McManus, Dick Anka, David Moore, Bob Houston, Ray Legault, Graeme Bews, Ray Craig, Alan Sheffield, Guy Potvin. (Photo: Joe McLean)

– The Bonds of Golf & Friendship Live On For One Arnprior Group – 

"The Cup" (Photo - Joe McLean)
“The Cup” (Photo – Joe McLean)

Back in 1962, a group of high school buddies were graduating from Arnprior High School and they decided to celebrate by having a small golf tournament at the Arnprior Golf Club.

As tournament organizer David Moore says, “We thought it might be a good idea to have something to keep us connected over the years. So we started a little golf tournament and didn’t know what to call it, so we called it “The Cup” and we’ve been playing ever since.”

Richard Bews, Bob Houston, Brian Houston, Ray Legault, David Moore, Byrne Mulvihill, Alan Sheffield and Bob Smolkin were the original group and they produced and played for a home-made trophy called “The Cup” (pronounced “Thee Cup”) made up of an old beer stein attached to a wooden base.

The event quickly caught on and the number of players increased, and the thirty-six-hole event was always held on the Saturday of the long weekend in August at the Arnprior Golf Club. Most of the participants started playing golf as juniors at the Arnprior Golf Club.

Through the years, the number of participants has fluctuated due to health issues and participants being spread out across North America. Wives and girlfriends were always invited to the evening dinner and trophy presentation.

On the 50th Anniversary of the tournament with players all having reached their 70th year, the decision was made to only play 27 holes of golf. “This was a wise move,” said Mr. Moore. “The decision was heartily endorsed by all of the players.”

2015 Group Bob McManus, Dick Anka, David Moore, Bob Houston, Ray Legault, Graeme Bews, Ray Craig, Alan Sheffield, Guy Potvin. (Photo: Joe McLean)
2015 Group
Bob McManus, Dick Anka, David Moore, Bob Houston, Ray Legault, Graeme Bews, Ray Craig, Alan Sheffield, Guy Potvin. (Photo: Joe McLean)

Flash forward to August 1, 2015 and you find the same basic group of guys playing for the same trophy on the same course although it is now called the Sand Point Golf Course. Of the nine players in the 2015 event, Bob Houston, Ray Legault and David Moore were the only participants from the original group of eight.

Judging by the lunch-time conversation between these gentlemen, this writer felt the genuine camaraderie and feeling of fellowship within the group. That shouldn’t be surprising as these players have already marked the date for the 55th event on their calendars. Let’s hope that they all remain in good health and a few others join them in 2016.

Their goal of staying in touch with each other has certainly been accomplished and the competition for “Thee Cup” is certainly there, but the annual renewal of friendships is certainly the prize taken away from the competition by all involved.