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All spruced up

Wednesday, 26 September 2012. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

All spruced up

The fellows gathered at the Pincher Creek golf course Tuesday morning were quick to acknowledge Bob Toney’s awesome effort to spruce up the local links through a tree-planting project.

This same group of guys was out with Bob last week, packing and tamping 124 Colorado blue spruce trees into place. They also mentioned what a great job Diane Tollestrup had done with careful and skilful work with the tree spade.

Bob initiated the beautification project for the course this summer, making a deal with Tollestrup Tree Farms of Raymond to purchase the 10-foot conifers at $200 each. His next job was to raise money for the cause, so he visited local businesses and everyone he knew to ask for contributions. 

While he was still in selling mode, Bob commented, “It’s easy to sell something that’s for the good of the community.” Raising about $5,000 wasn’t too big a task for this community-minded fellow!

“It’s a dream come true,” Bob says. “The trees are beautiful, and the difference is right there, right now!”

When three truckloads of trees arrived in town last week, Bob was joined by a group of volunteers who put in a huge amount of time and effort to assist with planting trees at almost every hole.

“I couldn’t have done it without the great group of guys, all of them seniors, who helped get the trees in the ground,” Bob says.

Placement of the trees was determined by local course superintendent Alan Dobbs and Brian Huculak, general manager of the Lethbridge Golf and Country Club. They were both out getting their hands dirty along with the rest of the volunteers.

“It’s an exhilarating thing and I’m so damned proud,” Bob says. “It’s something everyone can enjoy.”

Bob hopes to plant another 50 trees in the spring, thanks to a pending contribution from Shell Canada.

A tree covered in names hangs outside the clubhouse to recognize the businesses and individuals who have contributed to the project.

Well done, everyone!


Gary Burns, left, and Dave Everts enjoy a round of golf on the spruced-up Pincher Creek course Tuesday morning. You can see a couple of the newly-planted trees in the background.



Story and photos by Shannon Robin

This article was taken from the Sept. 19 print edition of Shootin’ the Breeze. Check out the full paper here!


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