- Last Updated on 08:56 AM 08/01/12
- BY Doug Ford
The Halifax Country Club Memorial is played each year in honor of a deceased golfer who contributed his time and energy to the club.
One such golf ambassador was the late Edwin “Eddie” Rinker, a great golfer but more importantly a better person, according to Sam Fisher, both the low net and overall winner of this year’s tourney.
“He probably was a better cheerleader than he was a golfer,” explained Fisher.
“He was so excited about the achievements of others, there was no selfishness with him. It’s such an honor to win this thing in memory of him.”
“Eddie was such a gracious guy,” Fisher added. “He was a great golfer, and he could play with any caliber golfer, it didn’t make any difference whether it was a 20 handicapper or a five handicapper.
“Particularly on the golf course, he had a great ability to lift people up to play better than they were before.
“Everybody enjoyed playing golf with Eddie because he was such a sportsman, and in addition to that for awhile he went down to Florida and tried his hand at the little mini tour they had going on at the time.”
Rinker was both meticulous and dedicated in everything he attempted, both on the gold course and in business, according to Fisher.
“He had a book at one time that recorded every shot he ever hit,” recalled Fisher.
“How many people take pains to do that, and I dare say when he fell ill he probably knew how many napkins he had in that place (Subway).
“He took care of business, and what an honor to win a tournament that was in his memory.”
Judge Charles L. McCormick, brother of the tournament’s former namesake, presented the Memorial Cup to Fisher after his win.
“Eddie is probably one of the nicest guys I’ve ever known, and his death at such an early age was truly a tragic event,” said McCormick.
“It’s all together fitting that this tournament is played today in memory of Eddie, because he was so much beloved by many people here at this club.”
“Eddie Rinker was a dear friend of mine as well of everyone in here,” said tournament director Randy Cage.
“The McCormick family is very gracious for letting us use this for one of our loved ones.
“Eddie worked at the golf course here, and he ran Subway. He was a good sportsman as well as a very sincere person.”
“I had the opportunity to play with Eddie when I worked here in 1977,” Cage added.
Cage recalled Rinker telling him, “You’ll never be a good golfer because you can’t get the ball to the hole.”
“He’s right, because today I didn’t get the ball to the hole,” Cage laughed.
Fisher finished with a net score of 63, as did Ronnie Pate, with Fisher winning after a match of cards to win the tournament.
Grayson Throckmorton finished third with a net score of 64, followed by Woody Clay with a net score of 65.
Drew Lewis had the low gross score of 67 to finish first, followed by W.J. Long with a gross score of 68.