Oilmen’s Best Ball tournament Thursday a mix of business and community building

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Oilmen’s Best Ball tournament at Lake Point Golf & Country Club won’t be the usu…

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Oilmen’s Best Ball tournament at Lake Point Golf & Country Club won’t be the usual three-day tournament this year, but members of the Fort St. John Petroleum Association will still get together for one day of fun and golf.

Dan Bonin of Apex Valve Systems says the format on Thursday will be best ball so that everyone has a chance to get together, play a little bit of golf, and shoot the bull.

“We wanted everybody to be able to go out and golf and just have a one-day tournament. We didn’t go fishing for sponsors, we just wanted to have a little thank-you to everybody,” said Bonin.

Considering the organizers had far less time to prepare, the tournament is fairly full this year.

“It was pretty late when we put it out there, but it’s actually pretty full compared to what we wanted.”

The tournament has been held at the Lake Point Golf & Country Club since its inception, says Bonin.

“It’s always been going at Lake Point, right from day one. The course looks good, everything’s in good shape right now. Hopefully, they can go for another month anyway.”

The pandemic has impacted life and business in many ways, and Bonin says the oil industry is no different.

“Like everybody else in our industry, from day to day we’re just trying to get through it. We’re all regulated to what we can do. We’re just trying to get together and have something for the oil patch to get together and chat about how everything’s been going, and what the future is.”

Registration will go from 11 to noon, and the shotgun start will be 1 p.m.

After the golf tournament, the next event for the Fort St. John Oilmen’s Association is the curling bonspiel in November.

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