Gilwood manager hopes to rally community support
Thomas Spencer is the popular instructor of the junior golf program at Gilwood Golf Club in Slave Lake. He’s also a pretty good golfer, and his boss Tom Tippin at Gilwood wants to help him get somewhere in the game.
“He has aspirations,” says Tippin. “I hate like hell to lose him, but it’s the right thing to do.”
What Tippin has in mind is to organize some fundraising events to send Spencer off with sufficient resources to compete in a series of tournaments in the Vancouver area this fall and then the Pepsi Tour in Arizona in the winter.
“Then Q school for the Mackenzie tour back in Canada,” he says. “We’ve worked out a budget for the next few months.”
The budget calls for Spencer to cover half, with the community hopefully helping out with the rest through fundraisers. It started this past weekend at the Oilmen’s Golf Tournament, with a ‘Try to Beat our Hotshot’ challenge on the third hole. The idea was for Oilmen’s contestants to pay a certain amount for a chance to tee off against Spencer, to see who gets closest to the pin.
So how good is Spencer?
“He’s good!” says Tippin. “Technically good. Mentally – well, he’s got to play against better players. He needs a higher level of competition. Playing against me and Roger Cheechoo on a Saturday morning isn’t going to cut it.”
Spencer qualified for the Alberta Amateur this summer and placed 23rd.
Tippin says the fundraising effort is not really a “Gilwood thing,” but the board supports the idea.
“It’s more a Tom Tippin thing,” he says. “I really do want to help the kid. I can’t wait to see him at one of those smaller tour events with a Gilwood logo on his bag.”
Thomas Spencer on the third at Gilwood.