Only the most special of occasions could keep Rex Brown off the golf course this weekend.
He will be out east, celebrating his mother-in-law Lorraine Gosse’s 90th birthday — instead of at Blomidon Golf and Country Club for the sixth annual John Ledrew Memorial tournament.
“Only something like that would ever take me away,” said Brown. “I only play in one golf tournament in the summer and that’s it.”
A longtime friend of Mr. Ledrew, Brown is understandably disappointed at the scheduling conflict. Mostly because he’ll miss the chance to hang around the family and friends of Mr. Ledrew and reminisce about the man that was.
“I’ll miss being a part of the tradition,” he said. “Traditions are very important to me.”
An eight-time club champion at Blomidon and a four-time national competitor, Mr. Ledrew died of cancer in 2009. His absence is still felt at Blomidon today, Brown said, and likely always will be.
“He was an enormous attraction,” he said. “People came to enjoy the social scene in the clubhouse with John in it, just as much as they enjoyed playing golf on the course.
“It’s a magnetism that we’ve never had in the post-John era,” he continued. “The added dimension that John brought is no longer there.”
Sponsored by Molson Coors, the tournament is a two person per team, best net ball format with a 9 a.m. shotgun start.
Brown and his son Jim were actually the very first winners of the tournament in its inaugural year after Jim eagled the 17th hole.
“That was an extra treat, for sure,” said Brown.
Minus tournament expenses, funds raised through registration and other activities will be donated to Ronald McDonald House NL.
To register, call the Blomidon pro shop at 634-5550. Registration cut-off is noon on Friday.