The seventh-annual Armstrong Memorial Golf Tournament drew its biggest field ever, with 123 golfers taking part in the Aug. 17 event at Snohomish Public Golf Course to help secure the continued presence of the Coach Armstrong Memorial Scholarship at Snohomish and Glacier Peak high schools.
Armstrong, who died in 1999, compiled a legendary career at Snohomish High, where he was the head football coach for 32 years (1963-94) and retired as the winningest high school football coach in state history.
Administered by the Snohomish Education Foundation, the renewable scholarship pays $1,000 a year for up to four years of college for each of the two annual recipients. With as many as eight recipients on scholarship in any given year, the Armstrong Memorial Scholarship fund pays out as much as $8,000 annually.
Total receipts from this year’s tournament, the scholarship’s primary fundraiser, exceeded $17,000.
In addition to donations from individual golfers, sponsorship support came from B & R Homes, Bailey’s Compost, Barb’s Auto Licensing, Jamie’s Transmission, Gilpin Realty, McDaniel’s Do-It Center, Trail’s End Taphouse and Restaurant, Bill Holt’s State Farm Insurance, Choice Turf Driving Range, Continental Hardwood, Wolfe Plumbing in Memory of Gale Wolfe, Grizzlies Select Basketball and the SEF Board of Directors. Individual hole sponsors included Keith Gilbertson Jr., Marsha Bishop, Bill Mester, Mike Edwards, Daryn Young and Barb Poier in Memory of Don Poier.
Former Washington State University football coach Jim Walden served as special guest and featured speaker for this year’s tournament, played in 95-degree heat.
The foursome of Fritz Schott, Kyle Schott, Charlie Bourdline and Brandon Pye took top honors on the golf course, winning a pitch-off after carding an 18-under-par 54 in the four-man scramble format.